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YMMV: Avengers Assemble

For the cartoon:

  • Author's Saving Throw: Falcon gets a redesign in season 2 to make his suit look more realistic and armor-like, partially solving the Narm problem mentioned below. Additionally, the focus goes from Creator's Pet Tony first to the whole team as an ensemble. Natasha has so far been present for all the episodes thus far, and Man of Action is no longer writing episodes (their biggest critics derided their pandering and talking down to children), instead being replaced by EMH writers.
  • Broken Base: A large number of reactions to the first-released footage of this new series were quite mixed. Some are cautiously optimistic, others aren't sure about the new direction, and others more just flat-out hate it.
    • Not everyone seems pleased that Avengers from the previous shows such as Black Panther, Hank Pym and Ms. Marvel are not included.
  • Complete Monster: Red Skull is once again presented as a heartless monster. After his initial defeat, the Red Skull attacks the Avengers at their mansion. When that attack fails, Red Skull attempts to blow up the reactor at the Avengers Mansion, so that the Avengers will die and be blamed for an explosion that would kill countless civilians. Later Red Skull forms a team of super villains known as the Cabal, to counter the Avengers and assist in his plans for conquest. While fighting with the Avengers to obtain the Tesseract, the Red Skull launches two missiles at two different American cities, forcing the Avengers to choose which city they would want to save and allowing the Skull to escape with the Tesseract. After obtaining the Tesseract, Red Skull decides he doesn't need his allies anymore and attempts to murder them. Red Skull then uses the power of the Tesseract to launch attacks on several cities around the world at once and plans to burn down the old world, so a new one can take its place.
  • Contested Sequel: Well, it's replacing The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes; what did you expect?
    • The news that most of the main cast was being replaced did not go over well either.
  • Creator's Pet: Tony Stark. Unlike in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, where there was a reason he started out the leader of the Avengers instead of Cap, there doesn't seem to be a definitive reason why he's the leader despite Cap continuously showing more affinity for the job. Too much of the series is spent on Tony angsting about his leadership skills, and when he does comes up with strategies, it usually comes at the expense of the other Avengers' collective intelligence (the more egregious examples being the finale of the two-part pilot and the season, where the Avengers cannot possibly hope to prevail without Tony's genius). Not only does Tony get the leadership mantle and the bulk of the storylines, but he also gets Steve's canon best friend (Sam Wilson) and canon nemesis (Red Skull). It doesn't help that Adrian Pasdar's performance is very unpopular with fans.
  • Foe Yay: Black Widow with Dracula, Doctor Doom, and Impossible Man (though he's not really evil).
  • Growing the Beard: The latter half of the first season has greatly improved over the former, with some highlights including the following:
    • "Hyperion". Many fans are hoping that this isn't just a fluke, and that the show's quality is on the rise from here, but even still, many admit that this episode was pretty good.
    • "Planet Doom". Many fans felt that it was the best episode of the series to date.
    • "Bring on the Bad Guys".
    • "By the Numbers" was just one awesome instance after another of the Avengers and the Cabal one-upping each other in so many clever and violent ways.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The first episode mimics the orbital pan of all the Avengers from the movie, but with Falcon replacing Captain America. Think about that for a second.
    • In "Hulk's Day Out", Special Guest Spider-Man mentions having to learn Spanish and saying "donde esta la biblioteca". After Community made that phrase memetic, the guy responsible, Donald Glover, will get to voice a different version of Spider-Man!
  • Ho Yay:
    • Steve and Tony, as usual.
    • The constant winks that Hawkeye gets from Hyperion in the latter's debut episode, Hawkeye's insistence on wanting Hyperion to join the Avengers, and Hawkeye giving a wink to Hyperion himself when the latter is distracted. Later Hawkeye receives a wink from Thor.
      • Lampshaded by Hulk.
        You like him...because he winked at you?
  • Idiot Plot: Falcon's sub-plot in One Little Thing. Having been keeping his Avenger status a secret from his mother, he gets everyone to pretend that he's a mere SHIELD liaison to them. At the same time, the tower is in a crisis with runaway Pym particles. Falcon desperately tries to pass the chaos that follows off as a training exercise. This despite the fact that the tower coming under attack has nothing to do with the fact that he's really Falcon. Then, when it falls down to him to fix the problem, he keeps on pretending. This despite the fact that him being smart enough to fix the problem has nothing to do with the fact that he's really Falcon. Then, when he does go in with the device to save the day, Falcon, for whatever reason, comes in with full costume and the truth comes out. Falcon could have gone far longer, if not the whole episode, without having to 'blow his cover', and there was no reason at all for him to keep the main plot a secret too! All in all, the subplot just comes off as extremely forced.
  • Inferred Holocaust: In "Depth Charge", Attuma and his army flood New York and the entire friggin' subway system. Despite this, no mention is ever made of any casualties, nor do we ever see anyone outside during the crisis. They try to pass it off in the beginning with an offhand mention that they evacuated the city, but let's face it, no one is going to fully evacuate everyone in New York City.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Yeah, Captain America dies minutes into the first episode. No, we totally believed it...
  • Magnificent Bastard: Red Skull in the first episode. Again in Blood Feud and Super-Adaptoid. Then in Bring on the Bad Guys he upped the ante considerably.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Hyperion crossed it when he blew up his own planet just because his people wouldn't submit to his ideal.
    • If there's any doubt that he's crossed it, it's put to rest in Exodus when it's revealed that Red Skull was about to massacre hundreds or thousands of his troops and his allies for the sake of power. The rest of the Cabal themselves are horrified at this new low of Skull's.
  • Narm:
    • Red Skull calling himself The Iron Skull and saying it so proudly. It probably took him all of five seconds to think of it.
      • Iron man apears equally imaginative with, calling the Doom controlled Destroyer the Doomstroyer.
    • Black Widow saying "Hate you", and Hawkeye replying with "Hate you more!", whilst both are under the influence mind-controlling nanobots. But really, mind control shouldn't reduce their level of wit to that of 10 year olds.
    • Since the show tries to use the updated, realistic movie designs while adding elements from the comic the movies haven't redesigned yet, the contrast between the two styles can sometimes be so blatant it gets ridiculous. Best example would be Falcon, who is wearing his spandex-like colorful original suit... while every other Avenger has his movie design. To add to the ridiculous, his suit is supposed to be an armor designed by Tony Stark, even though it clearly looks like spandex. The writers apparently ended up realizing this, since they gave him a redesign in the second season.
    • The Super Adaptoid could potentially look like an intimidating villain with a good design... if it weren't for MODOK's mug being stretched across his torso. With that effect he looks like an even uglier version of the 80's Krang.
  • Narm Charm: Red Skull's declaration as the Iron Skull pulled off by none other than Liam O'Brien.
  • Pandering to the Base: This series attempts to emulate the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While some argue that it tries too hard, it has attracted some of the movie's fans.
    • The flashbacks with costumes and characters designs from The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes in the episode "Molecule Kid" can be considered an attempt to please fans of the said show. It didn't work- for the most part, it just ended up confusing them even more.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Falcon. While he isn't necessarily considered a bad character, pretty much everybody agrees he's a step down from the characters in Earth's Mightiest Heroes, especially his predecessors Wasp and Black Panther, who had much more interesting backstories, personalities and abilities. Not helped by how Falcon's integration is very rushed, with very little development: He is introduced briefly as Tony's protegee, comes to help the Avengers, and then get fired by Fury for insubordination only to be recruited in the Avengers as a result the very next second, without any discussion about it between the older members.
  • So Okay, It's Average: While the show is generally considered inferior to its predecessor, most people agree it's still the best of the three Marvel animated series done so far (the two other being Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk And The Agents Of SMASH).
  • Special Effect Failure: The sound design for the show has been criticized for the music being too loud for the viewers to hear character dialogue.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks: Some fans feel the efforts to make the show closer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe are excessive (such as quoting it in the trailer), to the point the show feels more like a promotion of the movies rather than its own thing.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Bruce Banner is mostly absent from this show except for "Planet Doom"; this incarnation of the Hulk apparently stays transformed permanently (and unlike in Earth's Mightiest Heroes, no explanation is given why), and, since he lacks the Jekyll and Hyde Split Personality, is reduced to a Dumb Muscle Blood Knight whose most dialogues can be summed up as "Time to smash" or "Give me something to hit". Especially surprising considering this show tries to emulate the spirit of the Avengers movie.
    • Black Widow seems to be heading that way. While it is reasonable not to have every Avenger in every episode, Black Widow seems to be the one member who is frequently absent from the series to the point where some people question why she was added to the roster, other than she happened to be in the movie. Some reviewers and fans have even criticized her having a generic personality and ignoring her comic and cinematic portrayals.
      • In addition, the Black Widow is the only female member of the team, and having her being absent the most out of all the characters comes across as a case of Unfortunate Implications.
    • As well as being a Replacement Scrappy for many characters from the previous show, Falcon is also largely a wasted presence when compared to his comic or recent film portrayal, the latter of which made him an Ensemble Darkhorse in the film, while in the show, he's almost The Scrappy. He's relegated to being the Na´ve Newcomer Kid-Appeal Character, and is thus nothing like his usual character, while his inclusion on the team is rushed and poorly handled. Its somewhat strange given the series tries to model itself on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but choose to make Falcon nothing like his film self, even though production had already begun on the film when the show was commissioned and wouldn't have been difficult for them to get a basic idea of what he was going to be like at this point, especially given the fact that they did chose to model Ant Man after his film counterpart, even though his film wasn't even filming at that point.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Adrian Pasdar being cast as Iron Man... again.
    • Isaac C. Singleton Jr.'s performance as Thanos wasn't well received.

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