Hey, look! Another entry! And so soon!
Yes, Jimmy and Tom had more cartoon talk over The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, namely the episodes “To Steal an Ant-Man” and “Michael Korvac”.
“To Steal an Ant-Man”
Hank has to call in specialized help when his Ant-Man gear disappears.
jimmy: So, how many people do you need to call yourself a team? Is it just two?
tomk: Three by episode’s end!
jimmy: Power Man, Iron Fist and Retired Hank Pym…it’s got a good ring to it!
tomk: I think you mean Luke, Danny, and Scott Lang.
jimmy: Are they a team now?
tomk: We might see them all again.
jimmy: Highly likely.
tomk: But two people is still a team. Just a very small one.
jimmy: I suppose.
tomk: Like the dynamic duo of Moose and Beaver.
jimmy: See…duo, not “team”.
tomk: A team means more than one.
Besides, if you hire a guy by episode’s end, now there’s three of you.
jimmy: Not to mention how many ants.
tomk: Sure. Now.
jimmy: History lesson time. So, Scott being an ex-con, having Cassie and stealing the Ant-Man suit are consistent between this version and the MCU. What is his comic origin?
tomk: I think it’s pretty much what you saw here minus Luke and Danny.
tomk: And, apparently, the minions here are old Heroes for Hire enemies.
jimmy: That would make sense. And Darren Cross is certainly not something of a scientist.
tomk: Oh, who is?
tomk: So, how about that decidedly not Paul Ruddish character?
jimmy: That wasn’t Paul Rudd? Huh.
tomk: I know. Such a close resemblance.
jimmy: I doubt Rudd bares much resemblance to comic book Scott Lang either.
tomk: He may now.
But I am guessing that Iron Fist hasn’t been remodeled after the GoT guy.
jimmy: Thank God.
tomk: Instead, that actor is living in your toolshed.
jimmy: It wouldn’t surprise me. He hasn’t had a job since.
tomk: He may also be swiping your DoorDash deliveries to live off.
jimmy: That explains a lot!
tomk: Maybe do take out instead of delivery.
jimmy: I will now!
tomk: Or give him a job mowing your lawn and general maintenance. You can pay him by letting him stay in your shed and not acting.
jimmy: He can act, he just shouldn’t be Iron Fist.
tomk: Who should be Iron Fist?
jimmy: Someone that actually knows martial arts?
tomk: That works.
jimmy: Could be worse.
jimmy: That’s worse.
tomk: And for Luke Cage?
jimmy: I don’t mind Coulter.
tomk: And he doesn’t mind you.
tomk: Unless you owe him money.
jimmy: I don’t!
tomk: Good. Have a muffin basket.
jimmy: Nice. I am hungry.
tomk: As long as you don’t try to take a bite out of Luke.
jimmy: I couldn’t afford the dental work.
tomk: Smart man. Have a Snickers.
jimmy: Good idea. Much better to avoid expensive dental work.
tomk: You aren’t yourself when you’re hungry.
jimmy: Who am I?
tomk: Some dude named Jason.
jimmy: I better eat.
tomk: So, do you like all these guest stars of late?
jimmy: I do. Though this one didn’t feel much like an Avengers show.
tomk: Hank is an Avenger. And Batman’s a scientist.
jimmy: Heh. But the show is not called “Avenger: Earth’s Mightiest Hero”.
tomk: Iron Fist isn’t a mighty hero?
jimmy: He’s not an Avenger.
tomk: And what about other mighty heroes?
jimmy: Definitely not Avengers.
tomk: I don’t wanna think about the kind of guy who would make Iron Fist and Luke Cage Avengers. Probably add Spider-Man and Wolverine while he was at it.
jimmy: Just the worst.
tomk: Yeah, that would be silly. But Hank got his stuff back and then just gave it away to some guy without a job.
jimmy: When you’re retired, you’re retired.
tomk: Too bad. The Avengers might need him to stop a bad guy from a famous Avengers storyline from the 70s that famously required something like thirty heroes to defeat including some guest stars.
jimmy: People come out of retirement all the time!
tomk: Well, this retelling might be a lot shorter.
jimmy: Like 22 minutes or so?
tomk: Approximately that, yes.
jimmy: Will we find out?
tomk: Well, we can if you want to.
tomk: Get ready for some cosmic hijinks.
Michael Korvac turns to the Avengers for help. He says aliens are after him. Is that the truth?
jimmy: I’m guessing this bares only a passing resemblance to the comic book version of the Korvac Saga?
tomk: From what I understand, yes. For one thing, the original used the original Guardians from the future. I also think that’s the story where budget cuts forced the Avengers to take the bus to their final battle.
jimmy: Was this before the MCU Guardians movie?
I mean, Rocket was being polite and deferential to Star-Lord’s title…
jimmy: But Groot was still Groot.
tomk: He sure got splintered a lot.
And then there’s Quasar and Warlock.
jimmy: And the female Quasar at that.
tomk: They were using the then-current one.
jimmy: Fair enough.
tomk: I think she goes by “Martyr” now.
jimmy: The Guardians’ outfits looked familiar, and were of the time period I imagine as well.
tomk: Those outfits ought to look familiar.
jimmy: There you go.
tomk: But yes, they were of that time period.
jimmy: And Rocket was from Europe.
tomk: Sounded Australian to me.
jimmy: That’s in Europe isn’t it? (I couldn’t remember what it sounded like to be honest.)
It certainly wasn’t Bradley Cooper.
tomk: Well, it is a different continent,but I suppose he could have been English.
jimmy: Australian it is. (I didn’t watch the whole thing, but the voice certainly changes in his second appearance…)
tomk: Yeah. Everyone knows there are raccoons in Australia.
jimmy: Did I know that?
tomk: Are you part of everyone?
tomk: Or was I being sarcastic as there aren’t raccoons in Australia?
jimmy: Did I know that?
tomk: Raccoons are a North American species.
jimmy: The High Evolutionary must have brought some with him.
tomk: Or he’s from an alien planet.
jimmy:And not a raccoon. But still Australian.
tomk: There’s an Australia on another planet?
jimmy: There are raccoons, so why not?
tomk: You have a point there.
jimmy: I know my space Australias.
tomk: You have played knifey-spoony before.
jimmy: I’m usually on the spoon side, but yes.
tomk: Does that mean you want this pudding?
jimmy: I need to use this spoon for something.
tomk: Yeah, don’t threaten people with spoons.
jimmy: I feel like I’ve seen that before…
tomk: Was Watson chasing you with a spoon?
jimmy: Yes, but I meant that video specifically.
tomk: There are a number of those if you image search “spoon weapon”.
jimmy: Here we go:
tomk: Well, I had never seen that before.
jimmy: It’s no Garbage Day.
tomk: That’s more of a Star Trek bit of unwelcomeness.
jimmy: Phew. I was afraid that my mention of it would summon it.
tomk: Of course not.
So, about Michael Korvac…
jimmy: Not a friendly fellow.
tomk: It’s almost like torturous alien experiments cause problems. Like if they deprived him of beer and TV.
jimmy: Both are known to make people go crazy.
tomk: You’re all right if you give the guy at least one of those.
jimmy: I don’t think a beer is gonna help Korvac.
tomk: Two beers?
jimmy: Hmmm. Maybe.
tomk: Two good beers?
jimmy: Worth a try.
tomk: Ok, Jimmy. Here are your two good beers.
jimmy: Nice. I thought they were for Korvac, but I’ll take’em.
tomk: We don’t want you blowing up a planet and then laughing about it.
Man, Korvac might be the creepiest bad guy on this show, and he only appears once.
jimmy: He was pretty creepy.
tomk: Like, I wouldn’t invite him to a party.
jimmy: Better not invite his girlfriend either.
tomk: Oh, they come as a pair. Also, if he does show up, don’t invite anyone soaked in Kree energies.
jimmy: Do a lot of them live in your building?
tomk: Are you inviting people to my building?
jimmy: No. That’s just something people say.
tomk: What people?
jimmy: The ones crashing your awesome parties.
tomk: I don’t throw awesome parties. I sit quietly and reminisce over times gone by, and then I watch the next episode of something.
jimmy: Is this one of those times?
tomk: Well, I did watch the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers fail to contain a shirtless dude. Usually shirtless dudes are just getting arrested on COPS.
jimmy: COPS has a better theme song. That helped.
tomk: Oh obviously
jimmy: That’s the one.
tomk: So, the Avengers should recruit Chief Wiggum?
jimmy: Well, maybe not.
tomk: How about the Great Lakes Avengers?
jimmy: Probably better than Wiggum.
tomk: Wiggum hasn’t been the same since he tried to arrest that shirtless Hulk.
jimmy: This one?
tomk: Close enough. Have a cookie.
jimmy: Thanks. Wait…this is an oatmeal raisin cookie. Korvac!!!
tomk: It wasn’t originally…
Korvac is a reality-altering being.
tomk: Try these Chips Ahoy cookies.
jimmy: Oatmeal raisin again! I’m really starting to hate that guy. Good thing this is his only appearance.
tomk: Yeah, and Star-Lord suggested there are far more dangerous things out there than him.
jimmy: There always is.
tomk: Like Thanos or the Celestials or these guys.
jimmy: Those guys are dangerous.
tomk: Especially the one on the right.
jimmy: The Watsonator.
tomk: He might be under arrest in space.
jimmy: That’s a relief. Until Korvac breaks him out.
tomk: He’s too busy ruining your cookies.
tomk: No wonder he spends so much time laughing in space.
jimmy: Space jerk.
tomk: I dunno. I like oatmeal raisin cookies.
tomk: He changed all mine to brusel sprouts.
jimmy: That is definitely worse.
tomk: But that’s Korvac for you. He makes everything worse.
jimmy: I think he edited the new opening credits too.
tomk: And he took Young Justice off Netflix Canada.
tomk: Maybe we should move on. Then no more Korvac.
jimmy: Sounds good.
tomk: Besides, there are sneakier people.
NEXT: Tom and Jimmy will be back soon with more Avengers with the episodes “Who Do You Trust?” and “The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill.”