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Western Animation: Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel
A special crossover episode of Phineas and Ferb in its fourth season with the Marvel universe. It first aired on Disney Channel on August 16, 2013The plot goes that Phineas, Ferb and their friends are literally space surfing along a meteor shower and head back to their customized space station. At the same time Perry is battling Doofenshmirtz as per usual and breaks up his latest -inator which coincidentally happens to take away superpowers. In the midst of their battle, a stray shot manages to fire off before the machine is destroyed. And yet again at the same time in New York, Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor are battling against Red Skull, Venom, Whiplash and M.O.D.O.K.. Just as they're about to beat them, the ray bounces off the space station and onto the heroes, taking away their powers and allowing the villains to escape.After the heroes regroup on the S.H.I.E.L.D carrier, Nick Fury manages to track the ray back to Danville and Phineas and Ferb's house. So the four heroes head to the pair in hopes they can restore their powers. At the same time, the villains likewise manage to track the source of the ray to Doofenshmirtz (thanks to Doofenshmirtz bragging about it on the internet) in the hopes of gaining the heroes' powers for themselves.Can Phineas and Ferb save the day? Or will the villains actually take advantage of this opportunity and manage to take over the world?
"Mission Marvel" has the following tropes:
Adorkable: Candace when fangirling over the superheroes.
Animal Superheroes: Perry, even moreso than usual. He dresses up in a rocket-powered superhero suit as a disguise and joins the Marvel superheroes in the final battle against the villains.
Big Bad: Red Skull is the main antagonist of this special.
Big Damn Heroes: Perry in a superhero garb saves the heroes in their second fight against the villains.
Hulkjeet, Phineas and Ferb, Perry, and Doofenshmirtz arrive to help the captured superheroes before the penultimate battle. Candace and Isabella likewise do this at the end by unwittingly stopping Red Skull before he can activate his device and restoring the heroes' powers.
Brick Joke: The hot dog vendor's cart getting knocked over.
Hot Dog Vendor: I moved to Danville cause I thought it was safer!
Doofenshmirtz brings up the fact that he once tried MODOK's look once but found it difficult to maneuver through doors. Later, MODOK has trouble fitting through one of Doof's doors.
Brought Down to Badass: Once the superheroes get some help from Phineas and Ferb and their friends and a chance to exercise their ingenuity, they put up a pretty good fight against the villains even without their powers.
Curb-Stomp Battle: The depowered heroes suffer a few of these at the hands of the villains, but return the favor once their powers are restored.
Delayed Reaction: When the gang and the superheroes are conversing in Phineas' kitchen, Candace walks in and starts laying down ground rules now that she's in charge.
Candace: That means no shenanigans—hey, Spider-Man—so I'll be over at Stacy's all d-duh-duh-duh-daaaaay?
Dramatic Unmask: At the end when the kids try to unmask Perry in his superhero outfit. He has another one underneath it shaped like Ducky Momo.
The final shot of the mask and costume on a wastebasket coud be an homage to the famous "Spider-Man No More" scene from the comics: ◊
Edible Ammunition: When Doofenshmirtz joins the fight in the end, he chooses to use, of all things, an inator that fires waffles as projectiles.
Enemy Mine: Though there is no official teamup, Doofenshmirtz is essentially fighting on the same side as Perry by the end of the episode.
Eyepatch of Power: Spoofed with Major Monogram when Fury is briefing Perry on what's happening. Fury notices he suddenly has a eyepatch but Monogram claims its a medical issue. Though Carl quickly points out he's trying to look cool. One cutaway later and Monogram has two of them on.
Face Palm: Nick Fury does one after dealing with Major Monogram, and Red Skull later does the same in response to Doofenshmirtz.
Fangirl: Candace turns out to be a major one of superheroes. Who knew.
Fantastic Racism: Red Skull apparently hates people from Drusselstein. Which makes sense; the guy's a Nazi.
Grievous Harm with a Body: During the ending battle, Thor and The Hulk play a short game of badminton....with Venom in place as the shuttlecock.
Hulking Out: The Hulk himself is perpetually seen in his Hulked-out state, even after he loses his powers. Played straighter though by Baljeet after he is accidentally hit by gamma rays.
Improvised Weapon: During the penultimate battle, Spider-Man uses golf equipment, Doofenshmirtz uses waffles, and Buford uses a dead fish as weapons.
Insane Troll Logic: Candace uses this to [ determine the proper way to release the superheroes' trapped powers.
Jerkass Ball: Phineas has never been shown to be as short-tempered and harsh as he is in this special. A little justified though as he's under pressure with the world at stake and all. He goes back to normal at the end of everything.
Keep Away: The penultimate battle consists of the good guys using everything they have to keep the villains from obtaining the reactor core that powers their destructive machine. The villains do retrieve the reactor core eventually, but it goes on long enough for Candace and Isabella to bring back the superheroes' lost powers.
Knight of Cerebus: Red Skull is by far, the most dangerous villain to enter Phineas and Ferb's setting.
Multi Layer Facade: When Buford tries unmasking the mysterious platypus superhero, his secret identity turns out to be...Ducky Momo. Then Perry shows up, and we see a Ducky Momo mask discarded in a nearby trash can.
Mysterious Protector: Perry shows up at several points to aid the heroes without any of them knowing his true identity. To a lesser extent, Doofenshmirtz. The heroes have no idea who he is when he joins the fight against the villains.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Candace twice when she prematurely activates Phineas and Ferb devices to restore the heroes' powers. The first time it mixes up the power, the second time they wind up hitting the wrong person. Her second slip-up does pay off though during the penultimate battle.
Poke the Poodle: Doofenshmirtz leads the supervillains through town doing "evil" deeds that can only be considered this at best.
Real Life Writes the Plot: The conversation between Thor and Iron Man about the use of Mjolnir is based directly on a discussion the creators of Phineas and Ferb had with Marvel while writing the episode.
Remembered I Could Fly: It takes a while for Doofenshmirtz (beingDoofenshmirtz) to remember that he could simply use his disintegrator-inator to defeat the supervillains. He then gets sidetracked trying to find a long enough extension cord to power the inator and only activates it after the battle is over, in time to vanish Phineas and Ferb's crashed space station.
It took time until he found a cord as long as needed or realized a longer cord would do.
For some reason, Perry doesn't use the wire cutters he had with him all along to break him and Doofenshmirtz out of the cages they are trapped inside until Doofenshmirtz asks him whether he has any powers to help them escape.
Waiting a while to escape the trap seems to be OWCA standard procedure.
Shamu Fu: Buford's fighting style of choice in the penultimate battle.
Shout-Out: The pan shot before the final battle and Hulkjeet's rescue of Iron Man (complete with "We have a Hulkjeet") to The Avengers.
Some Marvel characters who don't appear still get referenced, including Ghost Rider, Aunt May and—of all characters—Howard the Duck.
Doofenshmirtz trying to prove himself worthy of joining Red Skull, only for the latter to abandon him because of his sheer incompetence is reminiscent of Justin Hammer's attempts to impress Red Skull in Avengers Assemble. What adds to this parallel is that both Doofenshmirtz and Justin Hammer are scientists.
Take That: When Major Monogram introduces Perry to Nick Fury of "S - H - I - E - L - D."
Nick Fury: That's S.H.I.E.L.D. It's an acronym.
Major Monogram: Oh, like O.W.C.A.
Nick Fury: Yes, except it's cool.
Third Time's The Charm: Candace reasons that since she has failed twice already, she won't screw up a third time. This at first seems like Wrong Genre Savviness when the space station shuts down, but it turns out to be exactly what's needed to halt the villains and restore the superheroes' powers.
Title-Only Opening: This episode doesn't play the title theme, just Phineas and Ferb rocking out on guitairs as the title comes up from the ground. With Spider-Man taking over Candace's role.
Spider-Man: Aunt May! Phineas and Ferb are making a crossover!
Worf Had the Flu: The lack of (or, at one point, switched) superpowers leads to the superheroes being curbstomped several times. In addition, Phineas and Ferb's new Beak suit is only partly functional and is broken in both of the battles it is involved in.