Friday, September 6, 2013

Cartoon Friday: Avengers: United They Stand (1999)

It's another Friday, so here's another nostalgic cartoon intro. This one courtesy of The Avengers: United They Stand. I haven't watched any Ultraforce, so this is the worst cartoon I've seen any of that I've posted so far.

I can't say I watched much of this one, even though it was on Fox, because at the time I was partial to pretty much whatever Kids WB was doing (New Batman and Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond, etc.). Lowlights include: Ant-Man, Wasp, and Hawkeye(?) armoring up in the credit sequence, and in nearly every episode to pad run-time. Costumes so hideous a barely changed Wonder Man costume might be the best among them (Wonder Man, the guy with the worst costumes ever!). Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor are revealed in the final "pan up" of the intro, to remind viewers, "Oh yeah, I know those guys!" Iron Man and Cap were in one episode each, and Thor never appeared. Wonder Man is listed as a member but spends nearly the entire show in a coma (echoes of Beast in S1 of X-Men, if X-Men was canceled after that first season). The creators also received notes to "be more like Batman Beyond," but unfortunately that doesn't involve future raves, just generically setting the show in the future. Hank Pym is the leader. It's pretty bad.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think I ever saw an episode of this. It came out just late enough in the 90s that I was old enough to be somewhat discerning when it came to animated comic book adaptations, and this just looked awful, especially compared to the WB stuff and even compared to the other Marvel shows.

    I'm glad Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes came along so that this is no longer the standard bearer for Avengers cartoons.