In the midst of Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an animated series was created to capitalize on the hype of the Marvel characters. The result was an animated show titled Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes which isn’t much discussed but has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Sadly, the series only lasted for two seasons before being canceled following Marvel’s merger with Disney to be relaunched as a quasi-sequel series. Meeting vigilantes. The original race remains a fan favorite with many well-regarded episodes featuring iconic Marvel superheroes and villains.
ten The Man Who Flew Tomorrow (S1, E17) – 8.5
Before Loki the series presented him, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes made the mighty Kang The Conqueror the villain of a multi-episode saga. It started with The man who flew tomorrow, taking his time to make the villain a mighty and towering force for the Avengers to fight.
What sets this episode apart is how Kang works. He doesn’t just show up and start fighting the Avengers; instead, he tries to reason with them by showing them their future from a destroyed Earth. Of course, the Avengers refuse what begins the war against Kang; showing that Kang is more than a stupid killer and believes he is helping the universe by conquering the past.
9 The Kang Dynasty (S1, E19) – 8.5
In the latest episode of the Kang saga, the Avengers use their new artificial intelligence Ultron to fight Kang aboard his own ship. It turns out to be an action-packed climax with a lot of suspense, but it did come with a few twists and turns, continuing to show villainous Kang some depth.
Similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it not only provides a suspenseful superhero story, but it sets up storylines for the future of the series. The biggest and most obvious being Ultron, created by Ant-Man as Kang warns the Avengers against the Skrull invasion.
8 Ultron-5 (S1, E22) – 8.6
Hank Pym AKA Ant-Man seems to have been too successful in creating Ultron. He begins to agree that humanity is too violent and has passed the point of no return, so he rebels against the Avengers, starting his plot to destroy all of humanity. This is the start of the Ultron saga of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Although Ultron is in his prime form, he turns out to be an intimidating villain: emotionless and cold. He is able to easily grab Captain America’s shield and kill almost all Avengers in different ways, all in one body. It makes it scary when the episode ends with Ultron programming uploaded to the internet.
7 Avengers Assembly (S2, E26) – 8.7
It was the last episode of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes before it was canceled and it features the Avengers fighting the great Galactus alongside many heroes they’ve met in the past, including Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Fantastic Four, and even the Heroes For Hire.
This episode was to the animated series what Avengers: Endgame was at the MCU, the massive culmination of two build seasons. A little like End of GameIt was quite the payoff with a plethora of action sequences and Galactus acting as the penultimate villain in this universe.
6 Who do you trust? (S2, E7) – 8.8
One of the largest sagas in Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is the Skrull saga that started with “Who Do You Trust?” Adopt a claustrophobic thriller similar to that of John Carpenter The thing, this episode is praised for creating suspense and paranoia as the Avengers try to figure out who on the team is a Skrull disguised as the Perfect.
Part of this comes from voice actors who clearly understand their characters and give believable performances. At first glance, it’s really hard to tell who the Skrull is and who is an Avenger due to the chaotic outlook.
5 Infiltration (S2, E11) – 8.8
With Carol Danvers and the always ominous Doctor Doom returning as recurring characters, the Skrull saga continued with Iron Man trying to find a way to detect the Skrulls. Carol Danvers’ Ms. Marvel takes the lead against the Skrull invasion as the Avengers all turn out to be Skrulls in disguise, trying to use their disguises to get Vibranium for their invasion.
Like most episodes of the Skrull saga, Infiltration balances the action of the superheroes with surprisingly gripping drama as the heroes attempt to defeat the invaders using their wits. Doctor Doom is a welcome side villain, showing just how vast this animated universe really is.
4 Secret Invasion (S2, E12) – 8.8
The full invasion of the Skrulls takes place and it turns into an all-out war between them and the Avengers. After several episodes of buildup and tension, Secret Invasion ends the Skrull Saga with a much more action-packed climax.
Secret Invasion shows how threatening the Skrulls are and why this saga was so beloved. This also serves as a reward since the Skrulls had been promised since the Kang Saga.
3 New Avengers (S2, E23) – 8.8
In a reverse scenario of Avengers: Endgame, all of the original Avengers are gone thanks to the return of Kang The Conqueror and it’s up to the new characters to come together as a new team. This is due to an emergency protocol put in place and executed by Iron Man before the Avengers were captured.
This alone is what makes the episode so beloved by fans: rather than the Avengers they’re so used to, most of the episode focuses on Spider-Man, Wolverine in his classic yellow suit, War Machine. , Ben Grimm, Luke Cage and Iron Poing. The New Avengers were enjoyable with unique joke and action scenes that might have been a spinoff series if the series hadn’t been canceled.
2 Prisoner of War (S2, E10) – 8.9
During the Skrull Saga, Captain America was taken prisoner by the invaders. War prisoner features Cap’s time as a prisoner and his escape alongside other hapless kidnappers, some of them even villains from the past. War prisoner is interesting because Captain America is the only Avenger present.
Typically, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes juggles multiple storylines in one episode, but this one is mostly about Steve Rogers trying to escape. It is reminiscent of classic prison escape movies. It gives the episode an experimental feel, trying to be a genre piece rather than a normal superhero game, which is commendable.
1 A day like no other (S1, E26) – 9.0
Much like the comics and the first Avengers movie, it’s Thor Loki’s brother who ends up being the big bad in the end of Season 1 of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. It continues the story of The Fall of Asgard with Loki still on Odin’s throne and the Avengers are separated across the Nine Realms.
With the other eight realms now destroyed, Midgard is all that’s left and it’s up to the Avengers to stop Loki. While Earth’s Mightiest Heroes never escaped the darker elements, this finale felt darker than the Kang and Ultron sagas before, feeling like an epic conclusion to the beloved first season with lots of twists, turns and giant action sequences .
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