The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated series follows the exploits of a popular team of superheroes originally created in the pages of a Marvel comic book, and the subjects of hugely popular movies. The show is heavy on action, with plenty of super-powered battles that often lead to significant destruction of cars and buildings, but very few people are actually injured. There is enough plotting and planning to generate an ongoing storyline and develop the characters in a way that will appeal even to teens and older Marvel fans.
What's the story?
When the world’s most powerful supervillains stage simultaneous breakouts from four specially designed ultra-high-security prisons, six superheroes -- Ant-Man, Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and the Wasp -- join forces to recapture them. Known as The Avengers, the team learns to work together to protect the world and foil the bad guys’ evil plots.
Is it any good?
There’s plenty of action in AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES, but don’t think it’s just fight scenes and explosions. There are a lot of people here -- far more than most superhero shows, which tend to focus on just one main character. And all of the Avengers, as well as the main villains and the numerous supporting characters, have their own agendas. The good guys all share the same overall goal, but sometimes differ on tactics. This leads to storylines that are more complex, and more interesting, than the common smash-up-the-bad-guys plots. The conflict will appeal to younger viewers, and the ongoing plot and evolving characters will be interesting for teens and older viewers, especially fans of the Marvel comic book universe.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about TV shows and movies based on comic books. How does this series compare to other popular superhero movies and TV shows? Are there any other popular superheroes that you would like to see adapted for the screen?
Do you think the numerous super-powered heroes work well together? Do they demonstrate good teamwork and cooperation, or do they seem to prefer to work alone? What about the villains?
What's your reaction to the violence in this show? Does it make you feel like being aggressive after watching the show, or does it have little affect on you?