Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes Episode 52 was titled Avengers Assemble. In this episode, the mighty Galactus descends upon the Earth to fight the Avengers. It is up to the Avengers and essentially pretty much every hero on Earth. However, how can they stop an utterly awesome force of nature like Galactus? Let us find out in Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes Episode 52 Avengers Assemble, the season 2 finale and the series finale of Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes Episode 52 Avengers Assemble Review
The following review contains spoilers for Avenges Earth's Mightiest Heroes Episode 52 Avengers Assemble.
As Iron Man ponders the legacy of the Avengers with Captain America and their place in history, Terrax, a herald of Galactus showed up. Three more heralds show up, with Terrax handily thrashing the Avengers easily. The Avengers realize that this battle is not going to be coming easy, so they call in some added help, of pretty much every super hero that appeared in the series.
The teams split up and engaged the heralds of Galactus and the big man himself. An attack by Yellowjacket does nothing other than riling up Galactus. The heralds are defeated and the machines are destroyed, but Galactus rebuilds them and begins his consumption of the planet, as the moments continue to tick down.
Thor shows up, to engage Galactus, allowing Iron Man and Mr. Fantastic to construct a portal, sending Galactus to the Negative Zone, to feast on all of the anti-matter that he wants. Galactus is sealed right in forever, as the Earth has been saved right thanks to the Avengers. In many ways, that is their legacy, they saved the world from Galactus.
This finale wasn't necessarily bad, but it just seemed like a mess in many ways. We threw every single hero in the mix, whether or not it made sense for them to be there or not. And many of them with the exception of Spider-Man, Mr. Fantastic, and the Human Torch did not get speaking roles, other than the major team.
So yeah I've seen comparisons for both the finale of Justice League Unlimited and the finale of X-Men Evolution elsewhere online for this one and I can see both of them. The JLU finale really was a rushed ending to an otherwise great show I think. And really, this episode highlighted a problem that has been happening with these last twelve or so episodes.
Really bad pacing.
Villain is defeated within the last three minutes, which includes about the minute or so you need. I think I've said a few times that episodes could be a lot better when grounded out to a two part episode.
Now don't get me wrong, there was some rather decent action in this episode. And really Galactus was a menacing threat, and didn't speak, which added to his menace. The solution to send him to the Negative Zone was practical.
In the end, this is it for Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Interesting enough, this episode was titled Avengers Assemble, which is the name of the new cartoon in the works with the Avengers. Will it deliver? We'll have to wait and see.
Now, obviously either plans changed for this season or another season was intended for some point, but Surtur is still kind of out there and not wrapped up. Free word of advice to any future cartoon makers. While long term planning is great and all, do not get too ambitious and plan out too far, because the Network or other executives from higher up will cut you off at the knees. Or some kind of legal issue or something or other.
Granted perhaps we'll see the Surtur story arc conclude. And let's face it, we introduce Beta Ray Bill and only see him once.
Bringing it back around to Galactus, this episode felt like a finale but at the same time was kind of underwhelming. This was an awesome show but it is just like someone tripped just right before they reached home base after knocking one out of the park. They nearly hit the mark, but not quite.
In the end, Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes will hopefully be remembered as a great cartoon that did the Avengers justice. It will have a strong cult following at the very least and every Avengers cartoon that comes later will never measure up to a certain section of the fanbase, much like Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Fans.
Final Rating and Thoughts
7/10 rating for this finale. You can watch the series finale of Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Avengers Assemble on Disney XD.