Brian West

Avengers Assemble: Molecule Kid – Episode Review

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This week Black Widow and Hawkeye prove that they make better spies than teen counselors.
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Black Widow and Hawkeye get their own chance to take center stage in a story that goes away from the normal villain of the week routine, and gives us a much larger Marvel universe feel. “Molecule Kid” gives us a story that contains elements from past Assemble episodes, some Ultimate Spiderman tie-ins, and something I didn’t see coming; a flashback reference to Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes. Avengers Assemble has always played it coy about its relation to Avengers: EMH, now we know; Assemble does in fact take place after EMH. This opens a lot of new possibilities for Assemble going forward. By going in a new direction, “Molecule Kid” gives us one of better episodes this season and really expands the potential for future episodes.

We start off with Black Widow recruiting Hawkeye for a mission from Nick Fury. Molecule Man and his ultra powerful molecule reshaping wand are on the loose and Fury wants him captured. The last time the Avengers defeated molecule man (shown in a flashback sequence drawn in the same style as Avengers: EMH), Stark wanted to keep Molecule Man’s wand. Fearing what a tech junkie like Tony would do with something that powerful, Fury doesn’t Iron Man involved. So its up to these two former partners to complete their mission without the Avengers. Hawkeye and Widow soon discover that its not Molecule Man they’re after, but his teenage son Aaron. Seems good ole dad left Aaron his wand, and now everyone wants it. With A.I.M. Agents on his tail, Aaron proves he might be more than Hawkeye and Widow can handle alone. Even with assists from Capt. America and Falcon, when the M.O.D.O.K. controlled Super Adaptiod shows up, Black Widow and Hawkeye realize that maybe they should’ve called Tony…….or at least brought a Hulk.
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There were some great moments from “Molecule Kid” that really opened possibilities for the series going forward. The biggest might have been Marvel finally letting us know that Assemble is a sequel to Earths Mightiest Heroes. Knowing that the two shows are connected opens the doors for a lot of the great characters and story lines from EMH to make their way into Avengers Assemble. While I don’t expect Assemble to drastically change from what we’ve already seen, just adding EMH adds a much deeper history to the show. We also got our first real tie-in to Ultimate Spiderman. I know J. Jonah Jameson has been in episodes before, but with an appearance from Nick Fury, and Hawkeye referencing the SHIELD high school recruit program that Spiderman is a part of, its probably only a matter of time before we get an Avenger Assemble/Ultimate Spiderman crossover episode arc. Lastly we got the return of the Super Adaptiod, this time controlled by M.O.D.O.K. It was amazing how much better of a villain this character is without having the super annoying Justin Hammer controlling it. It marks the first time a previously introduced character (besides Red Skull and M.O.D.O.K.) has reappeared in another episode. Avengers Assemble has always leaned towards stories that are contained in single episodes, so hopefully “Molecule Kid” is a step in the direction of having larger stories with more reoccurring characters.

Considering Hawkeye has spent most the series as comic relief, and the fact that Black Widow has only been in about half the episode this season; I was really surprised at how well they carried this story. Hawkeye and Widow had great chemistry, and it was easy to believe that they had once been partners at SHIELD. The way they were in constant competition and kept bantering like an old married couple had me rolling the whole episode. Even with multiple villains, and most of the Avengers showing up, Hawkeye and Black Widow really owned this episode. I was glad to see Assemble not forget about its non-super powered members. Hopefully this isn’t the last we see of these two teaming up.

This week was anything but another normal episode of Avengers Assemble. We got an entertaining look at two Avengers who don’t always get a lot of screen time. We got some answers to where EMH and Assemble fit into the Marvel animation universe. But mostly we got some exciting new possibilities into a series that was already doing a good job of telling great new Avengers stories. “Molecule Man” raised my expectations for the entire series. It took a show that I already enjoyed watching and got me even more excited for the rest of the series. Most of all, it showed me why you should always call Iron Man…..or at least bring a Hulk.
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I give “Molecule Man” an 8.5/10 reasons to call Iron Man….or, you guessed it, bring a Hulk

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