The Avengers Volumes 3 and 4: Iron Man Unleashed / Thor’s Last Stand (DVD Review)

The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is a television series on Disney DXD that is inspired by the Marvel Comics Super Hero team of the same name. In each episode, the Avengers defend Earth from unimaginable threats – dangerous Super Villains, time-traveling conquerors, alien invaders and mythical beasts bent on the total destruction of humanity. When the forces of evil are so overwhelming that no single hero has the power to save the world, when no hope is left… the Avengers Assemble!  Join Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, and many more of your favorite Avengers, as they discover the value of teamwork and friendship in the fight against evil! 


The first two volumes of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes were very enjoyable but the show has only gotten better.  With these last two volumes closing out the end of the first season, the action and the stakes have been ramped up quite a bit.  Now that the Avengers are fully formed as a team, the bad guys have learned that they need to team up as well since they keep losing.  Now reformed as the Masters of Evil, they pose a much greater threat to the Avengers and the world. 

The pulse-pounding action continues with six unforgettable episodes in the Volume 3 release of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Enjoy all the thrills as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and the rest of the Avengers face off against Baron Zemo’s Masters of Evil and defend earth from a full-scale alien invasion led by the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror!

Volume 3:

Episode 14: Masters of Evil
Episode 15: 459
Episode 16: The Man Who Stole Tomorrow
Episode 17: Come the Conqueror
Episode 18: The Kang Dynasty
Episode 19: Widow’s Sting

Then for Volume 4, get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush with the final seven episodes of Season One, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk and the rest of The Avengers attempt to stop Ultron and his army of robots from ending all of humanity and prevent Loki from unleashing armies from Asgard on Earth!

Volume 4:

Episode 20: The Casket of Ancient Winters
Episode 21: Hail, Hydra!
Episode 22: Ultron-5
Episode 23: The Ultron Imperative
Episode 24: This Hostage Earth
Episode 25: The Fall of Asgard
Episode 26: A Day Unlike Any Other

The show stars Eric Loomis as Iron Man, Rick D. Wasserman as Thor, Brian Bloom as Captain America, Fred Tatascioreas as The Hulk, Wally Wingert as Ant Man, Colleen O’Shaughnessey as Wasp, James C. Mathis III as Black Panther, and Phil Lamarr as Jarvis. Each of these actors were well cast and some of them, especially Eric Loomis who does an excellent Robert Downey Jr. impression.  This series has really amped up the action to pretty a pretty epic level and in the latter part of the season the Avengers really take a beating.  By the end of these season they’ve also learned that working as a team makes a huge difference.  This series is a nice way to spend time until the big-screen Avengers movie arrives next year!


This widescreen 1.78:1 presentation has been enhanced for 16×9 televisions and it looks fantastic. While I’m sure it would look even better on Blu-ray, for a DVD this looks amazing. There’s a nice sharpness and clarity to it that animation should have and the colors are bright and pop off the screen. This is a very colorful show and these colors really stand out brilliantly.  The black levels are deep and contrast is also excellent.


This Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix is also very impressive for a DVD and it does a good job selling all of the action on the screen.  When you have beings as powerful as these fighting each other as they destroy the city in the process, it’s always good to have a powerful mix that captures that and this one does.  There’s so much action in this show that it would be a travesty if it didn’t utilize all the channels but the show does that well.  Dialogue is clear and never drowned out by all of the action, and the music and effects are also well presented.  If they would just get a new theme songs and title sequence it would be perfect.

Special Features

Unlike the previous sets that focuses on what was coming up later, this time this is more of a trivia track that’s animated within comic book panels. It’s got some interesting facts but I would rather have had some commentary tracks or behind the scenes featurettes.

Volume 3: Avengers Unmasked: Masters Of Evil

Volume 4: Avengers Unmasked: Hail, Hydra!

Final Thoughts

This is a fun show with a lot of action that is sure to appeal to boys (and some girls) of all ages.  The show is even better here at the end of the season. By wisely remaining true to the characters the show is based on and using the decades worth of past comic story-lines, this show is already on the right track and has already proved to be better than just about every previous Marvel show. This show is sure to build anticipation for the upcoming live-action movie as well as help us all wait for that day to arrive!

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