Western Animation: Mighty 7
A direct-to-television animated movie presented by (and starring) legendary comic book creator Stan Lee
Lee is driving through the Mojave Desert trying to collect his thoughts after a recent story pitch to Archie Comics
didn't go so well. While driving, an alien space ship crash lands near him. Inside are two law enforcement officers, the super strong Strong Arm and his flying partner Silver Skylark, along with five intergalactic criminals (who aren't really all that evil
); Lazer Lord, who can shoot energy blasts from his hands; Roller Man, who can curl up into a ball like a pill bug and smash enemies; Lady Lightning, who has super fast speed; and brothers Micro, who can shrink in size, and Kid Kinergy, who possesses telekinesis.
The aliens are devastated to be stuck on a backwater planet such as Earth, but Lee, a lifelong comic writer (who's still shopping ideas for a new comic series,) is elated to be meet them. He helps hide them from the U.S. government authorities in exchange for gaining their exclusive marketing rights. And it looks like the aliens arrived just in time, because a race of shapeshifting lizard men called the Taegons have secretly set up shop on Earth and are working to destroy the world's infrastructure in preparation for an invasion.
Based on a a 2012 comic miniseries by PGS Entertainment, the film is the first in a planned trilogy.
The film premiered February 1, 2014 on The Hub
Mighty 7 provides examples of:
- Badass Beard: Lazer Lord has one.
- Badass Grandpa: He doesn't really fight any bad guys, but Stan thinks nothing of coming with the heroes on a mission and drives his car awful fast for a guy in his 80's.
- Bald of Awesome: Kid Kinergy.
- Celebrity Toons: Starring Stan Lee as himself.
- Cool Shades: Lazer Lord wears them.
- Creator Provincialism: Lee lives in Long Beach, California, which is the setting for most of the film.
- Deadpan Snarker: Stan Lee, apparently having a lifetime of practice at it.
- Fragile Speedster: Lady Lightning doesn't quite have the same fighting endurance as the others.
- Genre Savvy: Stan Lee. He's written enough comics to know what's happening.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lazer Lord has a Hair-Trigger Temper and No Sense of Humor, but he's given a Freudian Excuse for his flaws (see You Killed My Father below) and is definitely one of the good guys.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: The aliens only go by the hero names Stan comes up with for them (presumably because of the contracts he has them sign). The only one whose real name we hear is Lazer Lord (it's Blastok).
- Lizard Folk/Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The villainous Taegons. Lizard villains are a recurring motif throughout Stan's career, which gets lampshaded a few times in the film.
- The Men in Black: They're already using Imported Alien Phlebotinum as the story begins, and Stan spends much of the film protecting the Mighty 7 from them.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation
- Real Life Writes the Plot: An In-Universe gag: the Mighty 7 comic that Stan Lee writes is based on their real exploits.
- Shout-Out: With this being a plot about Stan Lee interacting with a group of "reality superheroes," it doesn't pass over the chance to mention how Stan was the host for Who Wants to Be a Superhero?.
- Sliding Scale of Anti-Villains: Each of the alien prisoners turns out to be a solid Type IV, because Good Feels Good.
- Trapped in Another World: The Mighty 7 are trapped on Earth, with no idea when (or if) they'll ever be rescued.
- War Is Hell: Roller Man gives a speech to this effect.
- Winged Humanoid: Silver Skylark.
- You Killed My Father: Lazer Lord's attitude toward the Taegons.