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Saturday, August 19, 2006

ULTIMATE AVENGERS 2: Rise of the Panther
posted by Bahoot Studios

Ok, it’s obvious; I don't like what they did with the ULTIMATES. I really, really liked the mature approach of MARK MILLAR to the characters in which he made them more contemporary and human. The animated version of ULTIMATES compromised so much of the story and the characters to make them more appeal to a larger audience. Although to their credit they did achieve their goal but on the other hand made me feel short change, but still no one can fully transcend from one medium to another without compromises, right?

The movie starts in Wakanda. They are celebrating the homecoming of their Prince T’Challa but aliens seem to have invaded the secluded city of Wakanda. So in retaliation the King dawned once more the Black Panther costume to protect its people but fails, costing him his life. T’Challa, the crowned Prince then assumes the role of King and sought Capt. American for aid in defeating the aliens.

This is the plot of the ULTIMATE AVENGERS 2 the sequel to the ULTIMATE AVENGERS direct to video movie. This movie is a sequel so it’s a MUST to watch the previous installment. Several character developments were evidently made in this movie as most sequels do, such developments are; the depression of Captain American, the erosion of the relationship of Giant Man and Wasp, the tackling of the Norse roots of Thor and Black Widow’s relationship with Steve Rogers. The movie hopes to continue the established events that had transpired during the first movie so in the sequel we see Bruce Banner behind bars due to his reckless actions as the HULK and the Chitauri’s larger plan for Earth.

Black Panther, the new character in the movie was obviously injected to the story purely for marketing purposes although the story placed him intrinsically in the middle of it all, I was more inclined for the writers to place in the earlier members of the Avengers such as Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Other first appearances were made in this movie such as the WAR MACHINE armor of Tony Stark. Other armors were briefly shown but only the WAR MACHINE model was worn by Stark.

It was satisfying that the movie created a story that smoothly connected the first movie to the next with no evident flaws. The characters’ progression from superheroes to human beings was well handled as compared to the caricature representation made in the previous installment. But still one can not help but compare it from the source material. As for its dramatic moments of the story, well, I don’t want to spoil anything but the story felt too rushed and was purely done for shock value. As a viewer I didn’t feel any connection with the characters with so little vest interest in them the sequences deemed important/dramatic was not given much importance.

On the animation, to its credit it has improved but not as grand as one might hope. The voice acting was great as usual but Olivia D’Abo seems to be trying even harder this time to create an artificial Russian accent that at times sounded too over the top.

The bottom line, this movie has something for the kids and fans alike but just keep an open mind and don’t be bother too much how the movie diverted so much from the source material, especially when Black Panther turns into an actual Panther or when spears are better than lasers.

5 out of 10.

Relax and enjoy the kid friendly movie.

Comments on "ULTIMATE AVENGERS 2: Rise of the Panther"

Blogger Chip Chief said ... (8:59 AM) : 

no way that if superman: brainiac attacks gets a 4 of 10 that this only gets a 5. This movie was at least twice as good as Superman. :)

you have valid points, this was far from a perfect film, but i thought it was enjoyable enough. Maybe they will get it right withe the iron man and doc dtrange films.


Blogger JABS said ... (6:35 PM) : 

Yes, ULTIMATE did a more satisfying movie than SUPERMAN: BRANIAC ATTACKS but i was really expecting more from the ULTIMATES movie since it's source material had so many things to offer.

The movie was held back several times due to its hesitation towards making a more character driven movie as oppose to a franchise film. Well, at least its not as chessy as the AVENGERS TV series a couple of years back.

But you were right in saying that it was an enjoyable film but as of the moment i don't really have the heart to recommend it to anyone.


Blogger Chip Chief said ... (6:39 PM) : 

i guess that is fair. i really had my heart broken by superman. it sounds like thats how you feel about the avengers.


Blogger jepster2006 said ... (8:47 PM) : 

That cap image sure looks cool


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