Western Animation: Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
In the future, The Avengers
are dead and the one responsible, Ultron, is in the process of completely dominating the planet. The only hope left for the world, are seemingly the children of the Avengers. Hidden away from Ultron and protected and raised by Iron Man
, they must band together and seek help from any other survivors, including The Hulk
, before Ultron wipes them all out.
The film seems to be a semi-continuation
of the Ultimate Avengers
films, but with more references to the mainstream Marvel Universe. Arguably, it's a cross between Young Avengers
and What If?
v2 #114 (the one where the Avengers had kids on Battleworld
). It was not well received upon release, scoring only 54% on Rotten Tomatoes
and only managing a six out of ten on Internet Movie Database, and is generally viewed as a lesser effort by most fans, though some think it was a decent try
This film contains examples of:
- Avengers Assemble: Spoken by James at the end of the film.
- A robotic variant also occurs when the Iron Avengers are activated.
- Badass Grandpa: Tony Stark and Bruce Banner/The Hulk have both become one.
- Bad Future: By the time of the main story, Ultron has killed almost every hero on the planet and is very close to conquering the entire planet.
- BFS: Toruun's is gigantic.
- Big Bad: Ultron.
- Break the Haughty: Torunn gets her ass handed to her pretty badly the first time she actually tries fighting the forces of evil. By the end of the film she's so freaked out by the experience that she is literally begging her father Thor to send her sword back to her.
- Broad Strokes: The movie is a semi-continuation of the Ultimate Avengers films, what with Black Widow hooking up with Captain America and Henry Pym, Jr. apparently being part Asian like his mom, the Wasp. However, the costumes shown in the flashbacks look nothing like the Ultimate outfits, while Giant-Man could not possibly be Henry's dad since he died at the end of Ultimate Avengers 2.
- Changed My Mind, Kid: Francis Barton.
- The Chains of Commanding: The most plausible (ie. generous) explination for Thor's absence during the Ultron crisis. Obviously the harsh decisions that come with leadership can take quite a toll.
- Canon Immigrant: The eponymous Next Avengers show up in Avengers vol. 4 #1.
- Creepy Souvenir: Ultron's base has a huge chamber full of glass cabinets, each holding a nameplate and remains of some hero's uniform.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Iron Man takes on Ultron to allow the kids to get away and he doesn't last too long before Ultron overpowers him.
- The Hulk quite easily destroys Ultron in the last moments of the final battle.
- Cute Bruiser: Torunn.
- Dirty Coward: Thor comes off as this as he spends the whole film sitting it out on the sidelines.
- Electric Black Guy: Azari
- Embarrassing First Name: Francis Barton.
- Helping Would Be Killstealing: Subverted with the Hulk. At first it seemed to be heading for this trope, though during the climax, he joins the fray and just simply spares the Avengers the trouble and destroys Ultron and the rest of the Iron Avengers for them.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Basically most of the original Avengers in the opening backstory (except Iron Man, The Vision and Thor) fought and were killed by Ultron in order to allow their children to be safely hidden away.
- Toruun nearly dies trying to scatter Ultron's remains into space.
- I Am Your Father: Tony Stark built Ultron in this story.
- Jerkass: James starts out as one, but he gets better before too long.
- Jerkass Gods: Thor comes across as appallingly cruel as he not only abandoned his Avenger friends and Earth (or Midgard to use Asgard lingo) to Ultron but also abandoned his young daughter to an Apocolyptic Earth ruled by Ultron in some weird, misguided attempt to teach her some humility.
- Thor's jerkiness and general lack of heroism is probably due to the fact that this was made and released in 2008 - the year Iron Man and Hulk both had big movies but Thor didn't.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Francis and James, the latter emphasizing the "heart of gold" part a bit more often than the former.
- Last Name Basis: Pym, first name Henry.
- Legacy Character: All of the kids seem to become one of these at the end of the film.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Toruun pulls one when they reach Ultra City.
- Missing Mom: Azari's mother is strongly implied to be Storm from the X-Men, but we have no idea what happens to her (though considering the vast collection in Ultron's "trophy room", it's mostly likely she died fighting Ultron). Likewise, Toruun's mother is never seen and she only makes reference to her father (Thor) and the same is true of Francis Barton (though Word of God says his mother is Mockingbird). Considering that we know that Clint died, the same is likely of her.
- Though it's obviously unconfirmed, Toruun's mother would more than likely be Sif as she was Thor's wife in the original Norse myths.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: When Francis talks with James about why he decided to join them, the conversation ends with:
Francis: Besides, anything to impress a girl right?
James: Girl? Wait, you mean Toruun? Dude, she's like my sister!
Francis: So, she's available then?
James: No, she's not!
- Mythology Gag: "Ultron... we would have words with thee." courtesy of Toruun - a reference to Thor's famous line from the Busiek / Perez Avengers run.
- Francis claims that his dad always said the Hulk was the "Strongest one there was", a reference to the Hulk's iconic "Hulk is the strongest one there is!" Catch Phrase.
- Toruun wears a costume similar to that of Thor's from the Ultimate comics for most of the film before getting a more Asgardian looking one at the end.
- Oh, Crap: The look on Tony's face when he sees that a "new energy signature" is heading towards the refuge makes it clear that he know exactly what is coming even before it's confirmed.
- Toruun when she realizes she isn't as invulnerable as she thinks she is.
- No Indoor Voice: Though he doesn't yell, Pym is noticeable quite a bit louder than the other kids, even when they are supposed to be hiding.
- Papa Wolf: Tony becomes one of these when Ultron arrives to kill the children. First thing he does after ensuring that they have an escape route is donning on his Iron Man armor and using it to battle Ultron.
- Parental Abandonment: This seems to be the case with Toruun and Thor, given that unlike the other Avengers, he never fought Ulton, as he left to rule Asgard after Odin died. Turns out the reason he left her on Earth was for her to learn the same thing he had to when his father was alive; how to be human. After he explains this, she forgives him and Thor sends her back to Earth (with a new Asgardian costume to replace her Ultimate line costume), with the promise that she will always be welcome back at Asgard.
- He's still a jerk for abandoning her to the same war torn Earth where he left his friends the Avengers to die.
- The overall problem with Thor's logic here is that he did this to Toruun when she was still more or less a baby, hardly capable of any true rational thought or emotions or conscious judgment. Compare and contrast that to Thor himself, who was punished for his arrogance as an adult because his arrogance was causing genuine problems for Asgard. Maybe he thought this would stamp it out of her early, but it doesn't change the fact that his execution is not only insanely misguided, but horribly stupid.
- Promotion to Parent: Playboy Tony Stark is unexpectedly saddled with guardianship of four children before the film begins, all things considered he did pretty well.
- Robot Me: Tony Stark seemingly built robot versions of the original Avengers with the intention of using them to one day fight Ultron.
- Although seeing as how Ultron appears to be a robot version of Ironman but with a different head, its possible they were all built together and then Ultron went bad. (couldn't find WMG so put it here)
- Ship Tease: Francis and Toruun, especially with the former's flirting.
- There are also some supposedly romantic moments with James and Toruun
- Superpowerful Genetics: Arguably James, who seems to have inherited his dad's supersoldier abilities. Certainly Azari, who's inherited lightning powers from his mother and the Black Panther line's agility and strength.
- Both his parents were supersoldiers, so it's hardly a surprise. Black Widow's is less powerful than Captain America's, but has the side effect of letting her remain young for an undefined period, similar to a healing factor.
- Team Dad: Tony Stark.
- "Well Done Daughter" Gal: Toruun is absolutely desperate for her very much absent father's approval. She gets it - but it's not very satisfying.
- Who Would Be Stupid Enough: When the gang infiltrates Ultron's base:
Azari: There's no one here. Maybe Ultron assumed no one would be dumb enough to sneak in.
Pym: HA! We showed him! We are dumb enough!
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Toruun talks in this when she remembers to, in order to sound Asgardian. Thor himself, however, doesn't.