This series tells the stories of Marvel Comics greatest general membership superhero teams (as opposed to a family organization like the Fantastic Four or a minority group organization like the X-Men). Led by Hank Pym as Ant-Man and Janet van Dyne as the Wasp, they fight evil around the world and beyond against threats like Ultron. Written by
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In 1997 Roland Poindexter, the supervising executive in charge of animated series at Fox, approached X-Men (1992) animated series writers Robert N. Skir and Marty Isenberg to develop a proposal for an Avengers cartoon. After creating a detailed thirteen-episode story arc, the network decided a Captain America series would be more suited to its schedule. But before Fox could green-light either series, Marvel went into bankruptcy, effectively ending the development process for all its shows. It wasn't until after the publisher's financial woes were resolved in late 1998 that Poindexter revived interest in the Avengers project, this time approaching former X-Men series story editor Eric Lewald and his wife Julia Lewald to come on board as story editors for the series. In January 1999, Fox finally gave the official go-ahead and Ron Myrick was hired to oversee the show's visual development. See more »
In the series opening, Wonder Man's name is misspelled Wonderman. See more »
Animation quality notwithstanding; it's rather obv than Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes pales in comparison to this one. Once and if you're willing to gave it a more objective look, of course. For instance, I didn't like how they handle the Wonder Man or Vision characters in the newer series. And I didn't mind the perceived lack of appearance of the major others in this one. As a matter of fact; I wouldn't have noticed if not explicitly pointed out later on. And in a way, I'm glad that they didn't appear. They're boring, overpowered and overrated egotripping asses anyhow. In particular the Hulk; he can go smash himself in the head all he wants, and make himself even more dumber, for all I care. He even comes more unlikable and unbearable that Hawkeye; in any incarnation. I also felt that the older one was closer to the comics; albeit the West Coast branch; and had more originality and distinct personality on itself. Also, I thought it was a clever spin of the same old; and at least a way above average offering. It was also way more interesting, since it was set in a slightly alternate future. The explanation for their powers made even more sense here than in the comics, and was more than adequate; even the secondary ones. They feel more like a real team too. It's a pity that it was so abruptly cancelled; and didn't get a decent run. It'd been nice to see it further developed; since the story and plot were really good. Eg, I'm certain they'd make more use of the suits; but sadly never got the chance. Even the arcs were more freshly engaging that AEMH too. Animation was not bad; but it wasn't great either. It was good for the time, though. And it's still decent to this day; IMHO. So all-in-all, I don't understand how some people can call themselves true (hardcore) fans, and not like this (WTF?!) Simply because it didn't fit in their little minds' preconceived ideas of what it supposedly should've been. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were credited as writers and creators. Even Stan Lee and Avi Arad were further involved, and are listed as executive producers, for gawd sakes! What else does it take for menial dogmatic stubborn pompous asses to just get it?! And I don't understand their toy line argument either; since every media franchise, since I have memory, has attempted to further capitalize in that way. In any case, I remember this airing during the 90s; which was when I first saw it. So to me this will always be the definitive and original (animated) Avengers! A step forward in the whole Avengers universe anyhow ever since (a kid's series' better than none:) Anyway; lots of action, and although obv geared for little kids; it also equally offers lots of twists and drama for adults. So do yourself a favor and watch this underrated gem, but with an open mind.:)
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