The Kree come back to welcome Earth to their empire! Click “More” to read our review of the newest episode of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!. “Welcome to the Kree Empire”.
S2, Episode 4: Welcome to the Kree Empire
Kang’s former ship, the Damocles has been taken over by S.W.O.R.D. to monitor alien threats. Henry Gyrich is doing his usual best to be a jerk toward Agents Brand and Danvers. Suddenly the Kree arrive through a wormhole. While the Kree fire on Damocles, a smaller Kree ship is sent to the surface. Danvers take s a team to intercept, and to show off her new powers. Ms. Marvel faces off against the Kree landing party that includes Ronan the Accuser and Mar-Vell. When her lack of experience leads to her defeat at the hands of Ronan, the Accuser makes his presence known by threatening to destroy Earth if the humans do not surrender and become part of the Kree Empire. When Iron Man, Captain America, and Hulk arrive to confront the Kree, Cap attacks before any kind of “negotiations” can even begin. Mar-Vell asks Ms. Marvel to convince the Avengers to stop their attack. Meanwhile, the Kree take control of Damocles and await Ronan’s word to begin the full scale attack. With the help of a captured alien, S.W.O.R.D. takes back Damocles and takes the Kree ship as well. On Earth, Ronan is decimating the Avengers, until Danvers absorbs enough energy to fell the Accuser. Tony offers membership on the Avengers to Ms. Marvel. Finally, Ronan and Mar-Vell are imprisoned on 42. In a secret location, Captain America calls the Skrulls and tells them to move up their time table since the Kree will be coming sooner than expected.
We’ve known the Kree were coming for some time. In fact, the ominous ending to the episode “459″ told us there was a Kree-Skrull War type of story coming. Later, as the first season continued to play out, it was clear some of the ideas of Secret Invasion was also going to be a part of the classic story involving the two alien races. This episode was certainly the next step toward that major story, and goes about it in a way that introduces new characters and ideas as well – which is always a plus! Since the end of “459″ when Carol Danvers realized something was definitely up with her condition after meeting Mar-Vell, I’ve been waiting to see her arrive on the scene as Ms. Marvel. Her introduction to the series wasn’t a disappointment at all. Carol has been one of my favorite Avengers for a long time. Mostly due to her interesting history with the team, she’s a character that’s one of the stronger female characters at Marvel and should fit in nicely with this ever-expanding group.
I also liked the involvement of Henry Gyrich, a weaselly little turd with a loooong history of being a pain the butt. Ronan the Accuser is another character whose introduction wasn’t a disappointment at all. He’s a seriously tough cookie and proved his mettle by nearly wiping out the heroes that came to stop him from blowing up Earth. It’ll be interesting to see down the line how much Gyrich will pester the Avengers and if the coming Skrull infiltration will find Ronan shifting into more of his current status as being more of a loose ally to Earth or not.
Avengers: EMH is doing a great job of expanding the Marvel universe. Proof of that is including S.W.O.R.D. as the outer space counterpart to S.H.I.E.L.D. Abigail Brand is very likely going to be seen again as the full scale war between the Kree and Skrulls and Earth takes off, but I particularly liked that she was seen very similarly to what we know of her in the comics. She’s mysterious (tipping her hand that she may not exactly be human), she’s tough as nails, and incredibly resourceful. If Nick Fury was a pretty woman with green hair and space toys, he’d be Brand. While mirroring characters and copying them from one race or gender to another isn’t always successful, Brand is one of those exceptions to the rule. S.W.O.R.D. is definitely an organization to keep our eyes on as the season rolls on.
When you boil this episode down, it’s still greatly accessible to anyone who comes in without much knowledge of the previous season or even many of the characters. This season has been mostly action oriented which is good in the sense that we’re not spending too much time on character development. It might be fast paced and a little lighter on developmental side, it’s still a super entertaining half hour. For people who’ve been around since the beginning of the series, this is our chance to sit back and watch all this play out, but there are also a couple nice Easter eggs thrown in for good measure. The main one in this episode, is Cap tipping his hand that he isn’t the Steve Rogers they all know and trust. He’s quick to attack (notice he calls “Avengers Attack!” instead of “Avengers Assemble!”), he’s not the same trustworthy and predictable person, as Baron Zemo found out last week, and you soon find yourself watching a lot of what he’s doing and saying and waiting for someone to notice he’s not acting normally.
In the end, this is a series that with each new episode, I’m finding myself almost unable to wait another whole week for the next story and how it will fit in with the larger threads and stories. That’s not exactly an easy thing for a show to do with me.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Good action, nice expansion on the Marvel U, and great introduction to the newest Avengers, Ms. Marvel!||Light on development or post production, but I find myself enjoying each episode more and more.|