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Marvel's Avengers Assemble

Season 1 Episode 2

The Avengers Protocol, Part 2

Aired Sunday 11:00 AM May 26, 2013 on Disney XD
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Episode Summary


M.O.D.O.K. uses his technology to mind control the Avengers, causing them to brutally attack each other, as Red Skull infiltrates the Mansion to carry out a devious plot that puts the entire city of Manhattan at risk.

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  • It's a bit lacking

    Red Skull stole Iron Man's armor, Tony is dying, and the Avengers are in a rush to save him, and stop Iron Skull and Modok's evil plans.

    The episode to continues where the last one left off. The Avengers save Tony's life only for Tony to breakup the band again. Steve aka Captain America tells him to get his act in gear. Skull and Modok infects the team with micro bug that makes them super aggressive and attack each other. The whole team except for Tony get infected. Red Skull attacks the Avengers mansion to destroy their legacy. The team over come the bugs thanks to Iron Man, defeat the Red Skull, but unfortunately their mansion is destroyed. Tony moves the team into the new Avengers Tower. They decide to stay together, but only if Iron Man leads them. Red Skull invites a various super villains to join a Cabal of super villains to counter the Avengers.

    This episode was a step down from the previous one. That's not to say the episode was bad. It did some things the first episode didn't do. It explored some of the Avengers characters themselves. Hulk and Thor look on their Avengers days fondly. It welcome moment since up until that point all the Avengers seemed snark at each other and acted like they couldn't stand each other. That scene reminds us viewers they are friends or used to be. Tony deals with character development as he questions if he can lead the team. Steve being who he is does his best to persuade him to lead and make him realize he has a heart despite what shell head thinks. The episode attempts to flesh out the characters, which is good.

    At the same time the rest of it is relies on action. This makes the story suffer. Red Skull successfully takes control of the Avengers and the best he can think to do is make them fight each other to destroy their rep. It screams they wanted to have the Avengers fight each other for action scenes. What's worse is that Skull could have destroyed their rep by using the Avengers more effectively like attacking nations or even Shield. This Red Skull all about world domination. Using the heroes to further his agenda while destroying their legacy makes more sense than having them fight each other to scare the public. Red Skull has to be played more as a mastermind if they want him to be the main villain of the first season. He was good in the first episode, his plan to steal Captain America's body made sense, but almost worked. Here he is acting like the villain of a solo super hero. Against a entire team of superheroes he's got take his game up a notch. Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes had Red Skull pull a similar plot, but executed better. Red Skull made the team look bad, infected them a life threatening virus, and nearly dismantled them so he could move his plans along without anyone suspecting him until he revealed himself to Captain America. Seeing two similar plots involving Red Skull makes it hard not to compare them. I found this Skull's plot lacking. The ending made up for it. Red Skull inviting some of most popular or deadliest Marvel villains to join his team is the level he needs to be at if he is going to be the main villain of the season.

    Another weakness in the story is they never explain to us why Iron Man has to lead. The characters were complaining about Tony's lack of leadership skills last episode. It's clear their issues is that Tony is not a good leader. Why are the characters so eager to have him lead them? The episode acts like it's a given that Iron Man is the leader of Avengers despite giving us little to believe that. This lineup there is not a lot of candidates for leader. What's jarring is that Captain America leading the team isn't even touched. The pep talk Capt gave Tony seems like he has qualities that would make a good leader. That is fault to me. The first 2 episodes are playing up Iron Man as the greatest leader with Red Skull and Captain America praising him or urging him lead the team, but he aren't doing enough to back it up.

    It's a good start to the series. It has potential. This episode was lacking and depended on more on action than story for me.moreless
  • Premiere Episode Part 2

    This episode continues from the first part Episode. I like the first part episode better than this second part. The second part of this episode wasn't really that exciting. In this one Modok continues his support teaming with the Red Skull. Modok unleash his micro bots by infecting the Avengers to fight among themselves by controlling their minds. Iron Man became the hero and uses his EMP beam to save his Avengers team by neutralizing micro bots in their brains. The only thing I like about this episode is where Iron Man try to show to be a good leader to his team. I like when he tells the Avengers one by one by using different attack strategy against the Red Skull. I'll give this episode 7/10.moreless

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