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Marvel's Avengers Assemble
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that, as with most superhero stories, violence is the biggest concern in Marvel's Avengers Assemble. The heroes typically rely on brute force to upend their enemies, and weapons like guns often come into play. Less often strategy proves an invaluable tool in the exchanges, and teamwork (which is a challenge for these heroes) is essential in the process. Expect some bickering and power struggles among the Avengers, but on the flip side, victories as a group are celebrated by all and serve as proof of the value of teamwork.
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What's the story?
MARVEL'S AVENGERS ASSEMBLE is the continuing story of a team of evil-fighting superheroes originally told in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. After a break-up of the team, Iron Man (voiced by Adrian Pasdar) reunites them to challenge a new round of villains bent on taking over the planet. Joining Iron Man are Hulk (Fred Tatasciore), Captain America (Roger Craig Smith), Thor (Travis Willingham), Hawkeye (Troy Baker), Black Widow (Laura Bailey), and newcomer Falcon (Bumper Robinson).
Is it any good?
Little has changed in the Avengers' job description between Earth's Mightiest Heroes and this follow-up Marvel-inspired series, so precious little will come as a surprise. They're still tasked with protecting the planet from a host of powerful foes, and they still stumble under the demands of teamwork from time. Most evident is the role some of their larger-than-life egos play in their struggles with working alongside each other after a hiatus that saw most of them flying solo and calling their own shots.
If you're familiar with the Avengers' previous work -- or nearly any superhero story, for that matter -- then you know what to expect with regard to the show's prevalent but fantasy-based violence. If the impact of this kind of content isn't a concern for your kids, then they'll be sure to enjoy the complex relationships and exciting adventures of this diverse team of heroes.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it takes to be a hero. Who in your life would you consider a hero? How do their actions earn them that title?
The Avengers don't always get along, but when push comes to shove, they make a formidable team. How do you relate to people who are different from you? How does compromise benefit everyone involved?
How does the violence in this show compare to that of some others you've seen? Did any of it worry or frighten you? What would happen if you tried to handle conflict the way these characters do?
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