(Fun Fact: Back when Frank and I were working on the Marvel-Lionsgate animated features, we used to have big Halo 3 throw-downs once a week with Gary Hartle, Phil Bourassa, Sam Liu and a bunch of other members of the crew. Originally, Craig Kyle as well, who would insist on his team wearing all bright pink armor.)
The other funny casting story in this episode, not surprisingly, was for Rocket. Going in (as with most of these characters) I had a pretty good idea of what Rocket sounded like in my head, and I was trying to match both the sound and the personality. Voice Dirctor Jamie Simone and I listened to a bunch of auditions, but one after another, nothing was jumping out at me. A few people sort of had the right sound, but no one was getting Rocket's personality to come through. Then we got to Greg Ellis's. SOOO not what I would have imagined Rocket to sound like from reading the comics, but with ALLLL of the personality that the other auditions were missing. He had the attitude, the confidence, the snarkiness, and the accent gave him this great SAS demolitions-expert sort of quality. The more I listened to it, the more I kind of loved it. I sent it to Chris (as I do with anything I think might be totally insane, just to make sure someone else can be held responsible as well) and he had the same reaction I did. Next think you know, the alien raccoon has a cockney accent. (But come on... he's already an alien raccoon, so don't tell me it's unrealistic. After all it's all being translated by Adam Warlock's Soul Gem anyway.)
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Rocket was pretty awesome in this episode, even if he didn't speak that much. Same for Groot, Star-Lord, Adam and Quasar. I really wish this isn't the last time we've seen the Guardians of the Galaxy. I also found this show's Korvac to be a bit more interesting than his comic version, and a rather rare, tragic villain for the show.
Pretty much loved this one alongside the Heroes for Hire one. Hope the show continues this streak next episode!
The guardians are an interesting bunch. One of my favorite parts of this show is how it introduces me to some many characters in the Marvel universe.
I'm liking the additional screen time for Ms. Marvel. Her chemistry with Janet was great.
Likewise the chemistry in that short scene with Hawkeye and Black Panther had me rolling along with Hulk surprising Stark.
A good episode much better than last weeks, well in fact it is a complete contrast to last weeks-- street level to cosmic level. I liked the partial reprisal of the story from Avengers 174-177 Korvac shared his power with his girlfriend and was unstoppable and it was only a momentary loss of faith on the part of his girlfriend that made him give it up. There was a What If for this story which was quite interesting too. The only thing that I didn't like was the mouthness of the Wasp, Doom's comments about her in ep one came to mind. Also I think they are portraying Ms Marvel far too powerfully it is almost as though she has her Binary powers.
Okay episode. I'm not too familiar with Michael Korvac; probably why I didn't enjoy it as much as most people did.
A good adaptation of the story of Michael Korvac, showing once more that the creative team of the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes excell at adapting Marvel stories to the medium. There were several notable differences; originally, Korvac was a cyborg created by the Badoon in Earth's future, and brought to the 20th Century by the Grandmaster, as one of his pawns. Corinna was originally the daughter of the Collector. While a sad ending, its not as sad as the ending of the Korvac Saga as portrayed in the Avengers.
* Interesting that Wasp's first comment to the police was to ask whether or not they've contacted SWORD, and then she herself doesn't do so.
* Its nice to see that Wasp recognizes what a brat she was to Hank last episode ("To Steal An Ant-Man").
* Captain AmeriSkrull has requested some time off to locate some World War II buddies; we know that's a lie, so what is he really doing?
* Poor Groot, continually shredded in battle. True, he regenerates, but that has to hurt something awful!
* In the mainstream Marvel Universe, Phylla-Vell is the daughter of the original Captain Marvel (the Kree Mar-Vell) and Elysius, an Earth Eternal. However, in the AEMH universe, Captain Mar-Vell is quite different, and the Eternals have yet to be introduced, so we have no confirmation of her origin or species.
* This episode was dedicated to the late Boyd Kirkland.
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"I have sacrificed much to achieve peace. So too must a new generation sacrifice to maintain that peace. Responsibility! Duty! Honour! These are not mere virtues to which we must aspire! They are essential to every soldier, to every king!"
- Odin, Thor
Man, this episode was tough to watch, made me really feel for Korvac. I hope later in the season when Wasp attacks a Kree, she shouts,"This is for Michael!"
Michael Korvac is introduced in this episode, as well as the Guardians of the Galaxy (think of them as "Space Avengers", just like Iron Man said). I was not familiar with any of these characters until this episode aired, although I have heard of Adam Warlock before, though I didn't know anything else about him, like what his powers are. The others, Star-Lord, Quasar, Rocket Raccoon and Groot were all new to me. I really liked their designs and the uniforms they wore and I thought their voices also fit the characters; the voice actors did a good job voicing them here. I can say the same about Michael Korvac; while I have heard his name before I didn't know his origin or powers (and apparently his origin in this episode is different than his comic book origin, but after doing a little research on him, I think the animated version's origin works so well, without making it too confusing). Introducing all these characters and tying Korvac's origin with the Kree is just a small reminder this is supposed to be a "cosmic season" and the Kree-Skrull war is going to happen soon.
I really liked how in the beginning of the episode we see Wasp talking to Ms. Marvel, pretty much continuing from where the previous episode left off, concerning her relationship with Hank/Ant-Man. I was hoping Jan and Carol would get to share some more screen-time since the latter joined the Avengers, and this episode delivered. Although a short scene, it did add some more drama to the entire sub-plot of Hank leaving the team and how hard it has been on Jan to accept it. Once again, only a handful of Avengers appear in this episode but with so many guest stars the episode would have been too crowded if the entire team would have been present. The fake Captain America is once again absent, Iron Man mentioning that he left looking for old World War II buddies, but that is obviously a cover story for who knows what kind of secret Skrull mission. But the few members that did get to appear in this episode all got their fair share of screen-time and some great moments. It was nice having Ms. Marvel in this episode, as she is also an agent of SWORD and the episode deals with aliens, plus this was probably her first official mission as an Avenger. I liked how when Jan mentions SWORD to the police officers, they have no idea what she's talking about. Either SWORD is supposed to be a secret organization or it was formed too recently for the public to know about it. I would say the former is the most likely explanation. The Hulk also gets a pretty cool moment when he recognizes that Korvac is emitting some form of cosmic radiation. This show has portrayed Hulk as being smarter than he was in previous cartoons, but this sounded more like something Bruce Banner would know, rather than the Hulk. It could be possible that Banner was talking through the Hulk at that moment. It was also nice to see Jane Foster again, although briefly. I was hoping she would have a line or two though, like maybe asking the Avengers when will Thor return. Plus, the chemistry between Hawkeye and Black Panther while investigating the crater Korvac created when arriving on Earth, was just great.
Korvac was presented here in a very tragic way. He was kidnapped by the Kree who experimented on him and basically turned him into a monster. He has incredible cosmic powers, but he cannot control them, and to make things worse he is driven insane by his powers. From what the Guardians of the Galaxy said, Korvac has destroyed the Kree ship he was being held captive on and thus escaped, and later destroyed a large part of a planet, obviously destroying everyone and everything that lived there as well. Though I would not be surprised if those weren't the only things that fell before Korvac. Which is why Star-Lord and the others are searching for him across the galaxy. Not realizing what he is doing Korvac is always on the run from them believing they want to take him back and hurt him again. All he wants is to be alone. Well, not entirely alone as he has returned to Earth to his girlfriend Corrina. Once he is reunited with her (thanks to Jan) he is once again attacked, which causes him to activate his powers again and easily defeat everyone. In the end, it is actually Corrina who stops him, by telling him she is afraid of him now and she considers him a monster. The only thing he wanted was turned away by what he has become. Korvac then teleports far away apparently to a separate dimension, adding a very tragic ending to this episode. Korvac was great, and I guess there would be enough potential for another episode with him, but that would pretty much diminish the impact this episode had. The last scene with him sitting all alone somewhere in space was a great moment. But another appearance by the Guardians of the Galaxy is entirely possible, and I hope they will return at some point.
Even though the episode had a lot of great moments, my favorite is probably the ending tribute to the great late Boyd Kirkland. And I'm not ashamed to admit that I got a little teary-eyed when the word "Avenger" appeared under mr. Kirkland's name. It reminded me of the Superman: The Animated Series' "Apokolyps... Now!" episode (dedicated to Jack Kirby). Overall, this episode was another great addition to the series: some new pretty awesome characters are introduced, the fight scenes are great as usual, some short scenes that really show some character development for the Avengers, and a very tragic ending. It also continues in a grand way the cosmic theme this season aimed for. And now the Avengers have another reason to hate the Kree, for what they did to Korvac, so I'm looking forward to the inevitable return of the Kree.
"Are you insinuating that I may have previous knowledge as to the outcome of this imbroglio?" - Top Cat
"With great powers comes great responsibility... and free peanuts." - Johnny Bravo
"Faster than a regular sheep... More powerful than a regular sheep... Able to leap a regular sheep in a single bound." - Sheep in the Big City
Damnit, Carol Danvers, you were all for Hank/Janet in "459" but you're encouraging her to move on from him in this episode?
"Are you the dreamer or merely part of someone's dream?" - The Mad Hatter.
B:TAS - Perchance to Dream.
I suspect this Hulk has the personality of the Gray Hulk in the body of Savage Hulk. He talks too smart to be Savage Hulk persona.
This episode wowed me in a lot of ways, and not just because Steve Downes got to do a voice (it was awesome hearing Master Chief again tho XD). I really liked it overall . . . there isn't much else to say. The show is hitting its stride right now though this episode felt like a diversion from the Secret Invasion plotline more than a continuation of it.
There's a million ways to hush my voice
And a million ways to kill my thoughts
Maybe I'm all that you fear
I'm a stargazer
My eyes see differently - Blood Stain Child; "Stargazer"
The main plots of the last two episodes were basically stand alone stories. So it could just mean later in the series we might see more episodes like this instead of say the Kang trilogy.
"This is true. This is real. This . . . Is . . . STRAIGHT EDGE."
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