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    Review – Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow

    By | June 27th, 2009
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    There are many teams of Avengers out there: West Coast Avengers, East Coast Avengers, Great Lakes Avengers, New Avengers, Dark Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Ultimate Avengers, Young Avengers. Now, Marvel provides us yet another reinterpretation of the classic comic team with the Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow animated movie. As far as Marvel’s animated movies go, they have often been very hit or miss, either providing a great story or just providing an animated mess. I had avoided the Next Avengers since it first came out due to the fact it obviously looked like a poor entry into their series, and after viewing it I can say that I’m right.

    As far as stories go, the movie itself is about the children of all the Avengers who have since taken on roles training to be like their parents, despite never knowing them. After Hank Pym creates Ultron, the robot manages to finally defeat and kill all the original Avengers except for Thor, Iron Man, and the Hulk. However, Thor left Earth for Asgard and the Hulk hasn’t been seen in years. Tony Stark is the only remaining member of the Avengers at the start of the movie, and he has taken charge of raising the children. The movie opens with them living in seclusion when the sudden return of the Vision instigates the chain of events that result in Ultron discovering the children’s location as well as taking over a collective of Iron Avengers created by Tony Stark.

    The writing for the movie itself is pretty poor, but it’s clearly a movie aimed at children as opposed to the previous animated movies where Marvel has tried to appeal it’s main fans. The children themselves are pretty whiney and annoying, especially Pym’s kid, who spends the whole movie shouting. The evolution of the characters is also pretty poor, because the movie starts with Captain America’s kid being a brat and just because he incites the whole Ultron finding them scenario, he becomes this naturally born leader? Even with Steve Rogers as his father, he openly admits to have never known his father, so on what grounds is he so good at emulating him? Obviously enough, the coolest character in the movie is Hawkeye’s kid, Francis Barton, who emulates Hawkeye because he knew Hawkeye. He’s suave, he’s smart, and he’s killer with his bow and arrow, and he is the one who makes the movie worth watching as far as main characters go. Only problem is, he doesn’t show up until about halfway through the movie.

    Ultimately, the movie just doesn’t work. I am all for alternate and depressing realities where machines rule and everyone is dead, but this just fails to entertain. It simply trods along, telling it’s story in a very linear and boring fashion. I didn’t go in with high expectations or anything, but it still didn’t manage to really entertain me. If I was younger, this might have passed for something cool and exciting, but when I’m familiar with other Marvel animated movies like Ultimate Avengers and Hulk Vs., I just know that they can deliver better stories.

    Don’t take my word for it, though. Check out the following trailer, and if interested, the movie is out now in stores everywhere. You’d be better off getting any one of the other movies, though.

    Matthew Meylikhov

    Once upon a time, Matthew Meylikhov became the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Multiversity Comics, where he was known for his beard and fondness for cats. Then he became only one of those things. Now, if you listen really carefully at night, you may still hear from whispers on the wind a faint voice saying, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine is not as bad as everyone says it issss."