Friday, May 4, 2012
"Ultimate Avengers 2" Keeps the Fun Going
Ultimate Avengers 2 (2006) – DVD release
Running time: 73 minutes (1 hour, 13 minutes)
MPAA – PG-13 for intense action violence
DIRECTORS: Will Meugnoit and Richard Seabast
WRITERS: Greg Johnson; from a screen story by Greg Johnson and Craig Kyle (based upon Marvel Comics’ The Ultimates created by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch)
PRODUCER/SUPERVISING DIRECTOR: Bob Richardson
EDITOR: George P. Rizkallah
Starring: (voices) Justin Gross, Grey DeLisle, Michael Massee, Marc Worden, Olivia d’Abo, Nan McNamara, Nolan North, Andre Ware, David Boat, Jeffrey D. Samb, David Fennoy, Fred Tatasciore, James K. Ward, Susan Dalian, and Kendre Berry
Ultimate Avengers 2 is a 2006 direct-to-DVD animated superhero film. Featuring Marvel Comics’ The Avengers, this film is a sequel to Ultimate Avengers, which was also released on DVD earlier the same year. The film is loosely based on The Ultimates, a comic book series writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted) and artist Bryan Hitch.
The alien invaders from Ultimate Avengers: The Movie, the Chitauri, are back, and this time they’re plaguing Wakanda, the mysterious jungle kingdom ruled by the Black Panther ( Jeffrey D. Samb). Unable to stop them, Black Panther reluctantly searches out the help of Captain America (Justin Gross), who is familiar with the Chitauri and their leader, Herr Kleiser (James K. Ward), who wears the guise of a Nazi officer.
However, the rest of the Avengers: the Wasp (Grey DeLisle), Iron Man (Marc Worden), the Black Widow (Olivia d’Abo), Giant Man (Nolan North), and Thor (David Boat) aren’t going to stand by while alien hordes threaten the earth. General Nick Fury (Andre Ware), Dr. Betty Ross (Nan McNamara), and Dr. Bruce Banner (Michael Massee) and his monstrous alter ego, the Hulk (Fred Tatasciore) are also in play as the Avengers fight an intergalactic menace in the remote domain of the Black Panther.
After the enjoyment of the original DVD (direct-to-video) animated feature, Ultimate Avengers: The Movie, earlier this year, I was anxious to see the sequel, Ultimate Avengers II, and, for the most part, I wasn’t let down. The follow up takes a bit of time to get going because of all the backstory about the Black Panther, his land of Wakanda, and his customs, as well as backstory about Captain America’s battles with Herr Kleiser. There’s also more character drama – lovers’ quarrels, teammate squabbles, and intra-tribal disputes.
Once it gets going, Ultimate Avengers II is a treat because it’s still fun to see beloved comic book characters transform from still images on the comics page into fully animated characters soaring and battling across the small screen. Except for not getting to see another massive Hulk battle, Ultimate Avengers II is a fun second serving.
7 of 10
Sunday, August 20, 2006