Anime: Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers aka: Marvel Disc Wars The Avengers
Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, is a Shōnensuperheroanime series created as a collaboration between Toei Animation (makers of the venerable Sailor Moon, Pretty Cure, One Piece, and Dragon BallCash Cow Franchises), Disney, and Marvel Comics.Based off Marvel's popular Avengers franchise, the series sees Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Thor, and The Wasp teaming up with a group of teens to track down the world's superheroes, who have been locked away in special DISKs by Loki.The series is the third collaboration between Marvel and the Toei Company after their Spider-ManTokusatsu series and The Tomb of DraculaMade-for-TV Movie. It is also Marvel's third anime collaboration after the above-mentioned Dracula film and the Marvel Anime project done with Madhouse. Additionally, it is the fourth Avengers Animated Adaptation after The Avengers: United They Stand, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and Avengers Assemble.The story begins when Tony Stark is revealing a new technology called DISKs to the public. The technology is meant to make the holding and rehabilitation of supervillains safer and easier. Most of the world's most famous superheroes are present. Meanwhile, a boy from Japan named Akira and his brother go to visit their father, who has been away from home working on the technology, and a group of teenagers get lost at the event.Loki quickly crashes the party and manages to get the upper hand when he takes Pepper Potts hostage. He promptly steals the disks for himself and imprisons almost all of the heroes present, hoping to use the Disk technology to force them to work for him. However, to command the disks, one has to have a "bio code" installed in them, and an odd chain of events leads to Akira and the others receiving the bio codes instead of Loki. Now, with Spider-Man being just about the only superhero left completely free and Iron Man only able to function with Akira's help, its up to the kids to find the rest of the heroes in the world until they can be freed.
Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers provides examples of the following tropes:
Adaptational Attractiveness: Wolverine is a fair bit more youthful-looking here than in the original universe, and has none of the excessive body-hair the man is known for.
Age Lift: Tony Stark looks a bit younger then in most adaptations (at least, in adaptations where he isn'tsupposed to be a teenager). For example, his facial hair is limited to a tuft on his chin. This was probably done to make him not appear so much older than the Shounen Hero lead, Akira.
And I Must Scream: Averted. The heroes and villains don't show much concern over being trapped in DISKs. They'd very much like to get out of them, but they're a lot better off than people who usually tend to get trapped in these kinds of things.
Anime Hair: The show's version of Iron Fist notably sports this.
Ascended Fanboy: Edward is a big fan of superheroes, and his favorite is Captain America. He even runs a web-site dedicated to them. Of course, he ends up partnered with The Hulk.
Beware the Silly Ones: Joel, who acts like a stereotypical Rock Star. He also sat back and watched with a gleeful grin as Abomination stalked and quite possibly killed a SHIELD agent meant to watch over Chris
Description Cut: Used in a dramatic fashion in the second episode, when Captain America defiantly states that those who "believe in justice" and "walk the path of righteousness" will stand against Loki...while cutting to Chris, who is alone and on the verge of walking away from the effort to help save the heroes.
Evil Genius: One of Loki's minions, Tim Gillian, refers to himself this way.
Fantastic Racism: Mutants are once again hated and feared, but in an interesting bit of Genre Savvy, the kids just don't get why they get all of the hate while people like Thor, Wasp, Iron Man and Spider-Man wander around and are considered heroes.
Five-Bad Band: The "Celebrity Five", the masked minions who work for Loki. Each of them serve as an Evil Counterpart to the kids, and specialize in summoning a specific class of villain. They also all have day jobs that their work as evildoers conflicts with.
Friend to All Children: Wasp makes a suggestion to Hulk that she thinks might make him more approachable to kids. Hulk actually is keen on the idea until Wasp herself spelled it out for him that she was just kidding.
Five-Episode Pilot: The first Story Arc, detailing the Raft breakout, lasted three episodes. Additionally, it takes six episodes to bring the team itself together.
Fun with Acronyms: According to Tony in the first episode, "DISK" is actually an abbreviation for "Digital Identity Securement Kit".
Gender Flip: This show's version of Death Adder from the Serpent Society is a woman, like in the Ultimate Marvel incarnation, rather than a man in the main Marvel Universe.
Gratuitous English: There's quiet a bit of it in this series. For example, Tony Stark, as voiced by Hanawa Eiji, gratuitously uttered "ladies and gentlemen!" in the 1st episode. All examples of Calling Your Attacks are an example of this.
Gotta Catch Them All: The plot involves the Avengers and their partners traveling the globe to rescue the captured superheroes and villains after they get scattered throughout the world.
Headphones Equal Isolation: Chris has a pair of big ol' headphones around his neck to go with his skull-and-crossbones nit cap to help reinforce his aloof nature.
Hot Scoop: Rosetta Riley, of the suspiciously specifically named "Big News Channel". She's actually one of Loki's minions.
Hour of Power: The biocodes installed in Akira and the other children are incomplete, and as a result, the heroes they are partnered with can only be released for a few minutes at a time. Once their Activity Time Limit runs out, they return to their DISKs and cannot be released again until the children recover. Since the heroes first becoming partnered to the children, Tony and Pepper have discovered that said time limit has steadily begun to increase.
I Have Your Wife: Loki and his allies force the heroes to submit to being sealed inside DISKs by holding Pepper Potts hostage.
Mass "Oh, Crap!": The heroes and the kids alike get a huge one in Episode 22. They're fighting against Loki who's drawing power from all of the DISKs he and his minions have acquired. In mid-battle, their Activity Time Limit runs out, and the heroes start returning to their DISKs.
Merchandise-Driven: The show was launched with a tie-in toyline centered around Bandai's POG-like DISK-based Bachicombat game, and all then disks used in the show are based on the ones in the toyline. Additionally, the transformable disks in the toyline appear in the second version of the show's ending animation.
The Mole: One of Loki's minions, Tim Gillian, is a SHIELD scientist aboard the Hellicarrier, and is thus able to keep Fury and the rest of SHIELD from intervening to stop Loki's plans in the second episode.
Likewise, the seemingly benign reporter Rosetta Riley is actually a member of Loki's gang.
Mole in Charge: Senator Robert of the World Security Council takes over SHIELD and arrests Nick Fury on the grounds of collaborating with the villains, but Robert is actually Loki in disguise.
My Greatest Failure: Cap still isn't over Bucky's death, and it's affecting how he treats Chris.
Opt Out: Chris does this in episode 19. He leaves the group on account of his relationship with Captain America not going the way he wants it to.note He wants nothing less than to be seen and treated as Cap's equal and has anxiety issues over how Cap sees him in relation to and with regards with his former protegee, Bucky. The others try to stop him and call him out on his selfish decision, but it doesn't stick and he leaves anyway. Time will tell whether it really sticks or whether he ends up going through a 10-Minute Retirement.
Quirky Miniboss Squad: The "Celebrity Five", the masked minions who work for Loki. Each of them serve as an Evil Counterpart to the kids, and specialize in summoning a specific class of villain. They also all have day jobs that their work as evildoers conflicts with.
Ship Sinking: Akira's friendship with Noriko had about thirty minutes in-universe to develop, then Hikaru showed up. That's gotta be a record.
Shout-Out: Tony's nickname for Akira, "Samurai Boy", is a reference to a certain director of samurai movies the kid shares a name with, Akira Kurosawa.
Sleep Mode Size: Whenever recovering inside their DISKs, the Avengers can only interact with the outside world through small holograms after having their personal DISK set on one of the kids' specialized armbands.
The Smurfette Principle: The Wasp is the only female Avenger; likewise, of the five kids, Jessica is the only girl.
When the X-Men show up, Storm is the only female member. Though Noriko does end up joining them later.
Spoiled Sweet: Jessica is noted to be from a rich family, yet she is quick to strike up friendly conversations with the aloof Chris and shy and introverted Ed. This verges on becoming a Subverted Trope when she reveals that she was only helping everyone out out of a sense of "noblesse oblige", but she was actually nervous about letting others become her friend.
Super Registration Act: One becomes enforced by the president under the orders of Senator Robert in the ninth episode, but the Avengers and the kids work around it by taking refuge in Japan.
Unexpected Character: The first trailer shows some longtime Marvel mainstays like War Machine, Venom, and the Green Goblin, but also contains some truly obscure choices like the Fixer and Death Adder. However, Venom, Death Adder, and Fixer have yet to appear in the actual show.
Pepper Potts turns out to be fairly important as the kids' "handler" as well. Likewise, Agent Coulson appears in the first episode as a SHIELD tour guide.
Noriko Ashida, aka "Surge", one of the newer members of the X-Men, later shows up after the group moves to Japan. Much like the use of Armor in the X-Men anime, she was probably chosen because the character herself is Japanese.
The Guardians of the Galaxy appearing might be a mixed bag of unexpectedness among viewers especially considering that their movie just came out. However Fin Fang Foom appearing in the same episode as them is completely unexpected.
What the Hell, Hero?: Tony Stark got called out twice in the first episode for holding a party to announce his creation to the world and for doing it on an island full of captured supervillains. Both are later justified by the plot, in that the DISKs are specifically designed to imprison supervillains and that he threw a party in order to show the fruits of his and Akira and Hikaru's father's work to his sons.
Happens in episode 19, when Noriko calls Hikaru out on revealing her status as a mutant after he said he wouldn't. Of course, he didn't and she was actually caught on camera by Stark International's cameras.