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Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Copious violence overshadows promising themes in hero 'toon.

TV Disney XD Drama 2013
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Hulk is no stranger to the small screen, but Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. puts an altogether different spin on the smash-happy hero of old. When he's not out decimating the enemy, he's hanging out with his homies, and just like in any family, the sparks often fly among the hot-headed compatriots. What's more, one of his friends documents this "real-life" drama to post on a webcast in an effort to show Hulk's softer, more intellectual side to people who see him as little more than a thug. An interesting concept, to be sure, and one that could yield possible positive themes for kids, if not for number of times he reverts to his brutish, monosyllabic self, uttering things like "Hulk am smart!" or "Hulk smash!" while he pulverizes everything in sight. He's a moral contradiction, and ultimately the result is confusing for young viewers.

Even so, the show spends less time exploring these new personality nuances than it does covering the violent exchanges between the Hulks and Annihilus, their would-be assassin, and at the end of the day, that's the kind of content that will make a mark on the kids it's designed to attract.

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