Don't want to re-watch this to do a full review (lazy) so let's do a Quick Tip instead.
First of all I am an avid reader of THE AVENGERS (since 1979) as well as THE ULTIMATES maxi-series. I loved this series because of its humanity and heroicness. That being said, I am going to review this dvd first, as a fan and then as an audience.
AS A FAN: The story is the summary of the ULTIMATES vol. 1, #'s 1-12. The movie starts with CAPTAIN AMERICA in combat with the nazis in WW2. Steve Rogers discovers that the Nazis are backed by a group of aliens who plan to destroy humanity. This threat is even abundant in the 20th century that is why the U.S. has developed a super-soldier program headed by Bruce Banner(HULK).
Banner has his own agenda and is using the funds to find a way to control the Hulk. In the comic, he uses the Hulk to combat the ULTIMATES so the team can justify its existence. However, as in the comic, they did unleash the brute to combat the aliens.
ULTIMATES # 6- nominated for WIZARD'S GREATEST COMIC MOMENT: CAPTAIN AMERICA TAKES DOWN THE HULK. If you will compare the THE ULTIMATES comic, the movie would be rotten. The comic is dark with all their realistic and probable conspiracies that relate to politics. The dvd is a lighter tone of the Ultimates.
Characterization was poor. Hank Pym brash and overconfident in the film?! What's up with that?! Hulk able to lift the enchanted Hammer of Thor? Granted that the Ultimates version of Thor is weaker, but this is stupid!! Recently, in ULTIMATES 2 # 6 it wasrevealed that THOR is the actual Norse God of Thunder. All in all I think the studios were simply preparing to make another Hulk movie to allow this. As a fan, I am very disappointed.
As an Audience: The film was well animated. It tried to take the time for character development. The film is kid-friendly which makes the action good but not violent and the script is a bit cheesy at times because they producers know kids will be watching it. I only wish they made it in the same style and mood as JUSTICE LEAGUE and BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM.
Decent for a kiddie cartoon, but not meant for true fans. [2.5 Out of 5 Stars]
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