Friday, April 15, 2011

Captain America in AEMH


With the longest running Cap site (ongoing since 1993) on the web, you could say I'm a big CA fan... :D  

Some have questioned the Captain America screentime and 'kick-assed-ness' -- for lack of a better word -- in his portrayal in the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes show.    I hate to disappoint those who are expecting me to buy in and join their rant, but to be honest those issues aren't very important to me.  What is important, IMO, is how he's portrayed in the time he is portrayed.  Obviously, I can't comment on what I haven't seen yet -- still holding the line and waiting for the USA broadcasts, not covering the episodes with the Youtube uploads from Australia --, but thus far the writers have positioned him (a) as the fighting spirit of the team, (b) the go-to guy on combat tactics, and (c) the guy who is always working to make the team stronger.

Would I like more screen time, more 'kick-assed-ness'?  Of course I would.  But just as I find Iron Man fans kvetching over how Iron Man is treated badly, and Thor fans kvetching how Thor is treated badly, and Hulk fans... -you get the idea - a tad ....partisan, I'm not really about to work up a lather about how they're not making the show "Captain America and the Avengers".

Its an ensemble show with a large cast, guest stars, and the villain du jour; I think they've done a pretty good job thus far in highlighting everyone with good character moments and the like, building team dynamics without necessarily hitting us over the head with it.

How Captain America is portrayed is much more important to me than how often he's the focus of the show, and so far the creative team has done one kick-ass job of portraying Steve Rogers as he should be.  I have no complaints.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Australian AEMH

In the USA, the remaining episodes of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes don't broadcast until after the release of the Thor movie, May 6th. In Australia, they're already being broadcast, one a day, until the rest of the season is done.  These are, as one might expect, being made available to Youtube. 

I will not be discussing or using the content from these episodes until their USA release dates.

My reason is simple.  Respect - the same reason why I have an iTunes subscription to Season One, and will subscribe to Season Two as soon as its available. 

There is an implicit relationship when a company - in this instance, Marvel Studios - authorizes the creation of a show.  They put out a reasonable investment, they hire such professionals as Joshua Fine, Chris Yost, and a horde of others to create the best Avengers show they can.  The writers, artists, directors, production logistics folk - all of them work very diligently.  If, as consumers and fans, we like what they have done, we make a certain effort to reward it; in the case of "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes", this requires access to the DisneyXD channel, which means paying a company for access, or paying a subscription fee to iTunes for the whole season.  

Granted, these are not huge costs to pay, but they are there, and part of the implicit contract between those who provide us with the show, and those of us who eagerly watch the show. 

In the United States, the show is slated to help promote the movie, and "prepare the ground", so to speak, for the Captain America movie coming in July.  It is my belief that honoring their wishes shows the proper respect for those who make the show we're all so fond of, from Joshua Fine and Chris Yost to the in-betweener artists and the production slav....er...assistants.  I value what they do, and my way of showing that respect is to not take advantage of the availability of the episodes via the Australian release, but to wait patiently for their USA release, as intended.


My appetite for the new episodes is as great as anyone's, so I do understand the temptation to indulge in the new episodes before their USA release date.  I know many of you will roll your eyes at the concept of respect due the creators of AEMH, and extending to them an inconvenient courtesy.  Courtesy and respect are rare commodities these days, and have little value to those who don't want to wait to see the episodes; and in fact, I'm not expecting many of you to join me in waiting.  I am explaining why I am waiting, and why the site's content will not be updating with it (for the most part - I reserve the right to make microheroes and cast entries with what I know when information is legitimately released, as with the episodes "Ultron-5" and "The Casket of Ancient Winters") until the USA release dates.

Sometimes, just because we can do something is not a good enough reason to actually do it. 

As ever, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary).