There are times when the constraints of tradition can mean
the death of a way of life. When Wakanda, the small African
nation state, whose peace is protected by the Black Panther,
comes under sustained attack, from an alien incursion, the
Black Panther must go against everything he has been taught
and seek outside help. Gathering together some of the world's
strongest super heroes the Black Panther must battle evil
from within and without...
Ultimate Avengers 2 (2006) is an animated feature directed
by Will Meugniot, Richard Sebast and Bob Richardson, all of
whom have long and distinguished track records in producing
animated shows and features. The film was nominated for a
Golden Reel Award for best sound editing in a direct to video
Avengers 2 is a sequel to the first
film and has many of the triumphs and faults of that movie.
The animation remains above average and generally is a good
directional move for Marvel, though there is still some way
to go to move the look of the shows completely away from that
Saturday morning feeling. The voice acting remains solid,
though the plot is noticeably thinner and character development
remains a weak point in this second feature.
With so many characters to incorporate into seventy minutes,
there has to be some casualties. Whereas the Hulk got a good
outing in the first film, he is constricted very much to a
supporting role in the sequel, so no great rampaging scenes
for Hulk fans. The villains of the piece, the Chitauri and
their leader Kleiser are unfortunately presented as two dimensional,
a problem that is often found in many of Marvel's comics.
are some nods towards a more adult audience, especially in
the troubled marriage of the Pyms; Captain America's quest
to find peace from painful memories by burying himself in
work; and the Hulk being experimented on by his friends. The
problem is that you can see the compromises that have had
to be made in order not to isolate their younger audience.
In the end you just get the feeling that there is a much darker
film just waiting to burst out of this franchise.
Sound is 5.1 and there is very good use of the soundscape;
you can see why it was nominated for an award. The 16:9 anamorphic
picture is crystal clear and even blown up to 50ins still
looks great. I can't really comment on the extras as they
didn't come on the preview disc, but apparently you get a
What Avenger Are You? DVD game, hopefully not the same
one as appeared on the first disc and a Featurette. To round
off the proposed extras is a gag reel and a first look at
the forthcoming Dr Strange film and the Iron Man
film, which I have seen and is very similar in tone to the
two Avengers films.
Ultimately, this is a bit too much like a rerun of the first
film with less dynamic sequences, so, a little less bang for