Jefimus Top 20 Avengers: EMH Episodes Picture

With all the hype for The Avengers Age of Ultron I decided to make a list of my favorite episodes of EMH. It was very hard to put these in order. This is not a top ten list, it has every episode. Though I did combine two and three parters. I am going to go from the bottom up. I'm Jefimus and this is the Top 20 Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes Episodes

20. Ultron Unlimited: The Avengers' third confrontation with the evil robot Ultron sees them gradually captured by Ultron's assistant, Vision. They soon become participants in Ultron's plan to rid the world of disorder by replacing all the humans with emotionless robots. The human spirit might prove harder than expected to resist, though. This episode features material that might seem heavy for the expectations of a children's cartoon. On a superficial level, Ultron's plans create some of the show's most unsettling imagery yet. Without spoiling too much, Ultron's treatment of the human Avengers can cause chills, especially since not every one receives a traditional form of torture. On a less superficial level, the critiques of human emotion overpowering rationality last kind of quickly, but I don't tire of stories that try to give human qualities to robots. As the show's last addition to the Avengers, Vision's power and emotional struggles give him great potential as a character. (Man of Action Studios unfortunately left Vision's potential unexplored when they temporarily took over writing duties, but I digress.) My appreciation of this episode also became bolstered in large part because of my previous admiration of two previous episodes with Ultron. This was kind of weird. Ultron plans to replace the Avengers with robots? It was just werid. As I noted earlier in this article, this episode does not mark the first time a villain tried to make an evil Avenger, so the novelty admittedly feels stale. (Hawkeye even calls back to the Skrulls' invasion once or twice.) If I did not see the Secret Invasion arc beforehand, though, I probably would have found much to enjoy in the confrontations between human and robot Avengers. With an intimidating villain, some relatively powerful quotes, and a compelling new Avenger, "Ultron Unlimited" leaves little else to ask for.

19. Red Zone/Winter Solder: This episode was pretty awesome; we get to meet the revived Red Skull and even though we didn't get any explanation as to how or why he's still alive and apparently hasn't aged a day since WWII, seeing him again was great. Plus, some interactions between Captain America and the Winter Soldier Mysterious fumes in the Avengers' mansion cause everyone to suddenly feel sick, including the civilians outside. Luckily, Iron Man's suit is sealed off from the danger, so he must try to figure out what is going on before the Secretary of Defense, Dell Rusk, shuts down the Avengers. But it turns out that Dell Rusk is really Cap's arch enemy and he's also brainwashed Falcon Samson and Red Hulk into serving him but in the next episode Winter Soldier, Red Skull's top recruit, disobeys orders and saves Captain America's life. As suspected Winter Soldier turns out to be Bucky, Cap's young former sidekick from the days of WWII, who has miraculously survived all these years. He was saved from the explosion of Red Skull's rocket (as first depicted in "Meet Captain America", and shown via flashback in a couple of other episodes), given a bionic arm and then brainwashed into becoming a ruthless assassin. When not on missions, he was kept in a cryogenic stasis and as a result has physically aged only a few years. Red Skull appears to be the one responsible for Bucky's new identity and life, and it appears that in turn Winter Soldier is the one responsible for the loss of Nick Fury's left eye, as seen in a flashback. Following the events from the previous episode, now Winter Soldier is no longer under Dell Rusk/Red Skull's control, and has been searching for and trying to destroy the Sleepers, giant robots built by Skull as a fail-safe in case anything went wrong with his original plans. I liked the way Cap and Winter Soldier interacted in this episode and the ending to this episode was nice and I expect to see Bucky return in the future for some more adventures. The one thing that bugged me in part 1 is Tony’s forced speech of “passing the mantle of leadership to Cap.” Let me reiterate. It.felt.forced. And it looked forced. I have no issues with Cap being in charge, but at least make the rank-up look subtle. As for part 2 Even though Red Skull was again defeated rather easily and I would have loved to see more of him, this was still a great episode and at this point I'll take whatever the show offers, hoping that every story-line started will get some kind of closure by the end of the series.

18. New Avengers: This was a great one. We got to see Power Man and Iron First again, we got to see Wolverine, we got to see Spider-man again And Kang is back two and we saw Kang again. Kang has always been one of my favorite villains on the show, so I loved seeing him again. My only complaint with this one is that it might of been better as a 2-parter. Part one could of been the Avengers fighting Kang who broke out, and Part 2 could of basically been this episode. But still, it was good. Although I felt Kang should of done more in Season 2.

17. Panther Quest: This was actually a pretty good one. But, like the previous, I just like other ones more. This was a great episode. Panther vs the Avengers at the beginning was neat. The Prince of Wakanda has been stalking the Avengers for weeks, and now the Black Panther strikes! The Panther wants the Avengers help in taking back the throne of Wakanda from the vicious Man-Ape. The problem is, they have to go through the Wakandan army, HYDRA, and Klaw to do it.It was a good episode.

16. The Private war of Dr. Doom: I just want to say, straight-up, that Doom is a total mac in this show. Like, he’s just the flyest playa in the entire series. He’s the one who first figures out there’s a Skrull invasion, the one who gives Stark the tech to reveal Skrull impostors, and he never loses his cool. Dude is just one step ahead of everyone else, which is precisely how Doom should be.So the basic gist of this episode is that the Avengers meet up with the FF: Tony/Wasp with Reed/Sue in the Baxter Building, and the rest of them in Avengers Mansion. But both locations get attacked by Doombots, and these successfully capture Sue and Wasp. The Avengers and remaining FF members launch a rescue mission on Latveria, and Doom kicks the crap out of all of them, before surprisingly letting his captives go. At the end, it’s revealed that Doom captured Invisible Woman to prove his theory that she was a Skrull, thus kick-starting the Secret Invasion plot for the second season. I just love how Doom’s plan was flawless. The master of prep outsmarts both the Avengers and FF, and even when it comes down to actual fighting, Doom totally mops the floor with both teams. And when Doom lays a verbal smackdown on Wasp? This is exactly how Doom should be portrayed. Beyond that, there’s also great banter between the Avengers and FF. I enjoyed Tony and Reed’s competitive relationship, Sue and Wasp’s girl talk, and the rivalry between Thing and Hulk. There’s also plenty of awesome action to kick off the second season. The final battle especially was just intense to watch. I love the retro giant Doombot designs. But when Doom gets into the fray, it’s just awesome to watch. He BFRs Hulk, and absolutely owns every Avenger and FF member up against him with little effort. Kickass. On a side note, I also liked that bit in the episode’s beginning where they introduce each member of the Avengers. It’s a smooth, non-contrived way of reminding viewers of the roster at the start of the second season.

15. Breakout While not the first two episodes of the series, and technically I'm cheating by putting both on here but Breakout was a great way for the show to give us an idea of the scale and grandiose nature we were due to see in EMH. Graviton was an excellent villain and the Avengers fighting Graviton ranks up there as one of the coolest moments in the series. It may have not been deep in lore, but it made up for that by setting the stage for what was to come.

14. Living Legend: This was a good episode. Bringing Cap back to present day was done perfectly (at least in my opinion). I think having Zemo as the villain was good, and setting up for the Masters of Evil at the end of the episode was great.

13. Along came a spider: First is that it stars Cap, so naturally that’s already a good reason right there. But Along Came A Spider gives what I would argue is the best portrayal of Cap in the entire series. It’s episodes like these that remind me why I like the character so much – strong in the face of adversity, patient and understanding, and most importantly: inspiring. The mini-speech that he gives to Spidey about why he doesn’t defend himself is great; Brian Bloom is the effing man. And let’s not forget about Spidey either. Now this episode caught a little flak because Drake Bell was called in to redub Josh Keaton’s lines (which had already been recorded). And there’s no question that was a pretty sucky move on Marvel’s part, and I definitely far prefer Keaton voicing Spidey. That being said…despite my initial apprehensions, Bell actually voices a pretty decent Spidey. He comes across as trying too-hard at points, but overall, enjoyable. The comedic moments were funny, and the character’s honesty and struggle shone through. One thing I’ve always noticed about EMH’s second season was that while the first season had a better level of quality/consistency, most of their episodes were pretty straightforward superhero plots. In contrast, the second season did experiment a little more. Along Came a Spider is a good instance of this, with Cap, Spidey, and a bunch of civilians trapped in a collapsing tunnel with the Serpent Society. Beyond the characterization, the episode’s premise itself was entertaining, and even nail-biting at some points. Overall, this one was just chock-full of great moments. The Spidey-Cap relationship is one of my favorites in comics, both great heroes with a mutual respect of one another, and the elder statesman-teenage youth dynamic works smoothly. I also liked the little comic references, such as Spider-Man’s signal light, and the scene where he holds up the entire tunnel seems to be a clear allusion to Amazing Spider-Man #33. And the bit where the civilians stand up for Cap and start hurling rocks at the villains was great – I’m a sucker for those types of moments. Also, you can’t go wrong with the Serpent Society, a group of classic Cap baddies.


12. The ballad of Beta Ray Bill: In the search for Surtur, Thor encounters Beta Ray Bill. An excellent character in his own right, this was a great story that forged a great alliance between the two. It's also a damn shame as the loose plot threads of Surtur and Ragnarok were left unanswered when the show ended. A damn shame!

11. Welcome to the Kree Empire: I find this an underrated episode. The first time watching it, I didn't care much for it. But after seeing it another few times, it really grew on me. I liked Ms. Marvel joining the team at the end. I liked seeing the Avengers fight Ronan, and I liked seeing Mar-vell return. Really my only complain here was no Panther, Wasp, or Hawkeye. But overall, it's still good.

10. Ultron 5/The Ultron Imperative: This was just a great one. Ultron in it was great, him taking over all of Iron Man's armors was great, everything was great. There really wasn't a flaw. Really not much to say, other than it was just a great episode.

9. Michael Korvic: Maybe it was because we got to see the Guardians on-screen finally? Maybe it was seeing the Avengers fight the Guardians? Nope (although those were all cool) on top of being a great standalone story this episode did a great job of playing with the notion of who Korvac was. He shifted from being a sympathetic victim to outright villain. His transformation is obviously truncated from the original version you saw in the comics but again the writers did a great job on this show of incorporating storylines in smart and effective ways and I think when you look back at what the show was, and what it accomplished this was it's shining achievement.

8. Behold....The Vision: A great way to introduce Vision. I feel that he was done very well in the series. He was able to put up a good fight against the Avengers (well, 3 of them and Black Panther) and Wakanda's Military. I also liked that they didn't just have him become a hero in the first episode, they took some time. Although they should of waited past his second appearance in my opinion.My only Proplem is that They should have done this after the Dr. doom episode instead of Stark creating the energy shield.

7. Infiltration/Secret Invasion: This was a perfect end to the Skrull storyline. We saw the return of Thor and the REAL Captain America , and Iron Man returning the the roster. Seeing Doom in Infitration was cool, although I wish we had more of him in Season 2. This episode was done perfectly, from the Skrull Avengers fighting Panther in Wakanda to Thor soloing a dozen Super Skrulls to Skrull Cap's message across the world (which is one of my favorite moments in the show), to just about everything. My only problem was no explanation for Thor's new costume. But that really has nothing to do with the episode, so it doesn't matter. Great episode.

6. Iron Man is Born: loved this one. This was a great way to kick off the series and the same can be said for the 4 episodes that follow and because Iron Man ranked no 1. on my Top 25 Avengers members list I had to choose the first episode. It starts of with shell head trashing Ultimo a giant robot he fought in the comics then Stark has to defend The UN HQ from Hydra robots powered by Arc recators that he built for S.H.E.I.L.D Iron Man faces down HYDRA. But are his allies any better than his enemies? Who can Tony Stark really trust?

5. Gamma World: A burst of energy at The Cube starts turning people into gamma-irritated monsters, similar to its prisoners. The Avengers get ordered to journey into The Cube and deactivate the generator before anyone becomes permanently deformed. The Avengers fulfill this mission, but once they let their guard down, former Cube prisoner The Leader unleashes an even stronger burst of gamma energy. Future Avenger Hawkeye witnesses this, and sets off to find the Incredible Hulk. The two of them must then defeat The Leader together, else everyone in the world will become gamma-irritated monsters. This episode marks Earth's Mightiest Heroes' second two-parter, and the last episode until season two in which the Avengers gain a member. The half in which the Avengers must deactivate the generator has them face an enjoyable variety of enemies along the way, but second half tops it right from the start. The transformations undergone appear simple and quick, but still gruesome. The toll of gamma energy on Iron Man's heart provides the most unsettling visual, while Black Panther's deformation can become the overall most tortuous if you imagine it with enough detail. I also appreciate the inventiveness in the way how Hawkeye gets Hulk to let Bruce Banner help him, and the way how Thor (whose magical energy prevented him from undergoing any gamma effects) overcomes one of The Leader's minions. The script also has a good amount of humorous lines courtesy of the Hulk, to my surprise. The Leader doesn't have much depth, but he makes up for it with sinister intimidation. Regarding the battle with him, though, only the last few moments stick with me. I also can't remember much about Hawkeye's subplot until reaching The Cube, except that it involved trying to capture a double agent. These don't seem like big problems in the grand scheme, though. If you'll excuse the potential cheesiness of this sentence, "Gamma World" can prove nice to visit, even if you don't want to live in it.

4. Avengers Assemble: The series finale. And it did not pull any punches. Galactus The world eater has arrived on Earth and The Avengers need all the help they can get. They just Black Widow The Hulk Spider-Man The Fantastic Four Wolverine Luke Cage Iron Fist ,Quake, War Machine, The Hulk, Winter Solder, even another Ant-Man. But Don't get me wrong, it was a good episode. I liked it, but I had a few problems with it.
  1. There were too many heroes in the episode. Most people didn't get the time to shine that they deserved.
  2. Galactus had no lines in the episode.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head. I liked Galactus in it, although I was surprised he was in it. He doesn't feel like an Avengers villain. But I am glad that they didn't use the Ultimate Nulifier to beat him. That would of been too obvious.

3. The Man who stole Tomorrow/Come the Conqueror/The Kang Dynasty: To summarize, in the climaxing of a Kang subplot that’s been running since the start of the show, Kang the Conqueror finds his future kingdom vanishing, along with his wife Ravonna. It turns out this was due to a time anomaly in our century, and Kang learns that this anomaly is Captain America. He also learns that Cap’s presence in the 21st century will eventually lead to the Earth’s destruction at the hands of the Kree, so he comes to our time to not only kill Cap, but also to conquer the Earth so he can upgrade our technology for the coming Kree war. In response, the Avengers say ‘piss off’, so Kang’s forces attack, and the Earth becomes embroiled in a global war against an army from the future. And thus begins what is single-handedly the most cinematic storyline in Marvel animation history. Now honestly, it was a very close-call between this Kang three-parter and the earlier Loki three-parter. They’re both superb epics and represent the high points of this awesome show. Both have the entire team going up against a seemingly unbeatable foe, up against immeasurable odds. But the reason why the Avengers’ first encounter with the Conqueror edges out their final battle with Loki is simple: These three episodes feel like an Avengers summer blockbuster. Back in 2011, before Whedon’s Avengers came out, this three-parter right here is the closest we could get to a summer action-style Avengers story on the TV screen. The Loki finale is great, but at its core, it’s essentially a more comic-book tale with hints of the retro Silver Age Avengers era. But The Man Who Stole Tomorrow, Come the Conqueror, and the Kang Dynasty play out in exactly the way you would imagine an Avengers silver-screen feature would. We have a seemingly-undefeatable conqueror and his army. We have an international-scale invasion. And the only hope of saving the planet rests on the shoulders of our titular heroes. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes pulls off their crowning moment in these three episodes: they’ve created a summer movie in the format of a television cartoon. And you can do no better than Kang if you want a movie of mythic proportions. The Conqueror is one of the team’s oldest and most formidable villains (see Busiek’s Kang Dynasty), and he also rocks one of the flyest Kirby designs ever. And in his moment to shine, Kang does not disappoint. The show’s creators really did do him justice by portraying him as being so far ahead of the curve that not even the combined might of the Avengers can defeat him. It’s only when Tony manages to hack into Kang’s Time Chair that the team actually hurt the villain. And even then, the Conqueror comes back for Round 2 with an invading army and strains the team to their absolute limit. When his troops start landing all across Earth, it really does feel like Independence Day or Transformers, and the battle in New York mirrors the one in the Avengers movie. The action here is breathtakingly cinematic, and is without a doubt, one of my favorite battles in the entire series. The second episode is just one extended melee of superhuman warfare. There’s Thor summoning the lightning to blow up Kang’s ships, Wasp using the Quinjet to fire on the giant robots, and Hulk just pummeling the crap out of everything. Each hero gets his or her moment to shine, and you really feel the weight of the invasion too.The stakes are higher than they’ve ever been in all the past episodes, and you get a genuine impression that the Avengers have never faced a threat on this scale until now. Black Panther has to leave the team because Wakanda is under attack by the invasion. Kang’s robots keep regenerating and are unbeatable. Tony totally loses his cool because he can’t find Kang’s command ship. he gravity of the situation is especially nailed home when the team is forced to use the Ultron jailers from Prison 47, and turn them into fighting machines just to even the odds. This isn’t a regular superhero fight – this is all-out war. The third and final part of this epic begins with the Avengers dressed head-to-toe in awesome spacesuits as to ready themselves for their most crucial mission yet. They’re the planet’s only chance of winning this war. Cue a super-dramatic slow-motion walk to the Quinjet. What follows is the peak of the story as the Avengers take the fight to Kang. And one of the series’ best moments occurs when Thor tanks the Damocles’ cannon, allowing the Quinjet to break the atmosphere into space. Then when the Avengers finally board Kang’s command ship, they have to fight through all of his troops before finally reaching the Damocles’ time-engine. The Avengers then have a tense final clash with Kang, and I loved how Cap drew not-so-subtle comparisons between the warlord and Hitler. But the day is seemingly saved when Iron Man finally manages to unlock the Conqueror’s time-travelling tech, and prepares to send the Damocles back to its time. Just before the momentous checkmate though, the plot throws another curveball when Wasp appears and tells the Avengers about Princess Ravonna. Kang may have been concerned for his empire, but he was also willing to go to such extreme lengths for his love, adding a layer of depth to the villain. Tony gives Kang a chance to stand down for them to work together, but when the Conqueror refuses, he’s KOed.


2. This Hostage Earth/The Fall of Asgard/A day unlike any other: And now we’ve arrived at the most Epic Three parter the series has ever produced that’s no slight on these three episodes, as they form a truly grand storyline that concludes the first season with aplomb. Honestly, any comic fan will absolutely squeal with glee at the sheer Silver Age action in this loud finale. The first part begins with the Masters of Evil gaining possession of the Norn Stones. Setting each stone in a different location on Earth, the Masters plan to divide and conquer the team. One Avenger is sent to a stone and ambushed by one Master of Evil each. But though the Avengers triumph and the Norn Stones are destroyed, the team ends up displaced, with every hero finding themselves stranded on one of the Nine Realms. The second part has the Avengers surviving in their separate realms, with each member being able to find his or her way to Asgard. And the last part has the entire team face off with an Odinforce Loki in a climatic final battle.All begins and ends with Loki. The Trickster was the first Avengers villain in the original Lee-Kirby run, and as EMH always pays its dues to Avengers history, in this episode we also have it revealed that Loki was the mastermind behind most of the season’s pivotal events. He was the one who caused the breakouts in the start of the show. He orchestrated Thor leaving Asgard, and sent the Enchantress to create the Masters of Evil. All to keep Thor occupied on Earth, so that Loki could steal the Odinforce and begin his conquest of the Nine Realms. In short, Loki was the ‘big bad’ of the first season, so it’s only fitting that he’s also the Avengers’ last villain. And Loki’s master plan does not disappoint. The first episode alone is just all kinds of awesome. I get a major kick out of seeing each Avenger fighting a Master of Evil in a different location, and the matchups are great, too. Iron Man fights Living Laser because of their history together. Captain America fights Crimson Dynamo because USA>USSR. Hulk goes up against the Executioner because they’re both powerhouses. Hawkeye scraps with Chemistro as they’re both long-range fighters, et cetera. We just get an entire episode full of dynamic action, and much credit is due to the show’s creators for being able to switch from one fight to the next, without it coming off as disorienting. I just found myself grinning ear-to-ear like an excited kid as I watched the Avengers brawl it out with their foes. But like the best of EMH’s episodes, the second part amps up the stakes considerably, and suddenly we get the premise of ‘each Avenger in a different location’ taken to the next level, as every member is thrown into a different realm. And man, it’s as awe-inspiring to watch as the first episode. Iron Man landing in Nidavellir, fighting Ulik, and then building a suit of armor with dwarves? Hawkeye shooting arrows with a Legolas-type elf in Alfheim? Cap facing his dead comrades and Hela in Nifflheim, and Hank wrestling Frost Giants in Jotunheim? Unreal. Once again, we jump from one realm to the next as we see what each Avenger is up to, and the show’s creators really utilize Thor’s mythology to the fullest. That sound you hear while watching this episode is that of Thor fans having multiple nerdgasms. And all of this comes to a head when the Avengers finally reunite in Asgard, where Thor has been subdued by the uber-powerful Loki. We have the team and Thor’s entire Asgardian cast go up against the forces of Loki, and one by one, each of the Big Three returns. First Cap appears just in time to lead the team against a giant ice wolf. Then Iron Man enters in his newly-forged Uru armor to take on Loki. And then finally Thor is freed, and we have the Avengers reunited once again for the mother of all battles. By the time the titanic clash is over and Loki has been defeated, it’ll be like coming down from a mind-blowing high. And when Odin and the rest of Asgard hail the Avengers, you’ll be cheering along, too. There are just so many jaw-dropping moments in this finale, it’s almost insane. When the giant ice wolf appears? When Loki destroys Cap’s shield with the Odinforce? When Iron Man dramatically enters with his Thorbuster armor? This is how the final episode of a superhero cartoon should be – when not only Earth is threatened, but nine other dimensions too! This Hostage Earth, The Fall of Asgard, and A Day Unlike Any Other has that perfect chemistry of heart, action, and humor. I can’t think of a better way to end EMH’s stellar first season, and this three-parter here has it all.

1. Masters of evil: And here we are. The big one. Numero uno. The finest episode in the (arguably) finest animated show from Marvel.To summarize, Zemo and Enchantress get together a band of baddies to capture the Avengers in their home, and basically gloat about it. It’s essentially a simplified version of Under Siege. I’ve always loved supervillain team-ups, and the Masters of Evil are pretty great. We get some minor characterization such as Wonder Man’s condition and Enchantress’ crush on Thor, but the rogue who gets the most shine is Zemo. I love the moment where he kicks Abomination’s ass, and his sniveling, egomaniac attitude is pitch-perfect. Robin Atkin Downes’ is definitely one of the best villain performances in EMH. The rest of the episode is pretty perfunctory, but this is a good example of a straightforward superhero plotline done right. Villains take down heroes. Heroes retaliate with a counter-attack. So cue witty one-liners and the classic ‘heroes on one side, villains on the other, both charge at one another dramatically’ moment. The final battle is enjoyable, if a little predictable, but still a great modern retelling of a classic Avengers plot thread. Also, Hawkeye gets not one, but two hilarious quotes in this episode. First is when he’s being bear-hugged by Abomination and he pleads, “Please…I’m begging you…brush your teeth!” Second is when he and Black Panther are captured by the Masters, and BP heroically goes, “I am an Avenger. And I will meet my end with pride.” Followed by Hawkeye quipping, “I’m gonna meet mine with kicking and screaming.” the best part is when the Avengers and the master of evil duke it out. and it was quite a build up for the impending showdown with Loki at wraps up the Season 1

Honorable Mentions

Who do You Trust?

Prisoner of War

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Assault on 42

Hail Hydra
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