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Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow

The latest straight to video Marvel Comics based animated tale, Next Avengers: World of Tom is directed by Jay Oliva, and written by Christopher Yost. The movie is set in the future, in a time when the world is slowly being taken over by the Avengers’ mortal enemy, Ultron, after he has defeated and killed most of the mighty team of superheroes.

Escaping from Ultron, and hiding the children of the Avengers, is Tony Stark (aka Iron Man), until such time the young teens are ready to hone there powers, team up and defeat Ultron. Naturally, things don’t go as planned, and Ultron is not only alerted to the children’s wherabouts, but gains control of Stark’s fleet of “Iron Avengers” and uses them against the untested teenage heroes. When Ultron himself arrives to destroy them, Stark dons his Iron Man suit one last time and is captured making time for the children to escape. When the children learn where Stark is being kept, they irrationally head off to free him and defeat Ultron.

Easily the best of Marvel’s animated tales thus far, and by far the best and most appealing animation style. The story is straightforward, seems plausile within Marvel continuity, and plays out as a great Avengers story. At times, the whole Ultron taking over the worlds machinary and then the world plotline seems way too James Cameron, and often a little too similar to The Matrix, but the film is still fun. It is also quite fun to see the villian win in the opening story of how Ultron defeats the Avengers. It sets the story up nicely, and identifies the audience with this new band of heroes.

The film is also, unfortunately, very watered down for kids, a trend continued from this summer’s disastrous Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but also pulled off much more family friendly than Wars was. I think older viewers can still enjoy this one, and its not just for the kids, mearly geared at them. Yes, I know its cartoons we’re talking about here, but its disappointing that other animated studios can’t learn the basic lessons from Warner Bros., Disney and Pixar. Animated films work best when they’re for everyone, and each age group can find things they enjoy about the film. Thankfully, for the most part, that is the case here with Next Avengers.

Mostly a fun ride, a few silly moments, but none so overpowering that they ruin an otherwise well written animated superhero tale. Any fan of Marvel Comics, and especially the Avengers, would do well to check this one out.

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  1. I agree that this movie was definitely better than expected. There were some problems I had with it, but nothing so glaring that the movie suffered because of them. I don’t know if it is necessarily the strongest of Marvel’s animated fare, but it is the most original so I give them points for that.

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