Avengers Assemble: Molecule Kid, Review

One non-villain, another throwaway one, and a dull, head-scratcher of an ending make the latest episode of Avengers Assemble one to miss. Not even M.O.D.O.K. can save this one.

Ouch. Just when it was starting to look like Avengers Assemble had turned a corner, they drop “Molecule Kid” on us. What started off as a promising little romp focusing on the less-powerful members of the team turned into a pedestrian snoozer in a hurry. Darn it, Avengers Assemble…I thought we had something!Two-thirds of “Molecule Kid” is spent in pursuit of (unsurprisingly), Molecule Kid. He’s the son of supervillain (again, unsurprisingly) Molecule Man (who is only referred to and never seen in the episode). Molecule Kid (hint: not his real name) has his dad’s magic…erm…scientific wand that alters the molecular structure of inorganic matter. He’s not evil, he just doesn’t want anyone to get their hands on it to cause trouble like dear old Dad. And then the Super-Adaptoid (now controlled by M.O.D.O.K.) shows up for some reason, and everyone breaks reality and…ummmmm…yeah.Look, this episode isn’t without redeeming qualities. A good chunk of it is spent solely with Hawkeye and Black Widow, two characters who have had woefully little to do on the show (especially Widow) so far. Their relationship is what it should be, there’s a couple of chuckles, and even when Captain America and the Falcon join the party, it’s still a great low-powered romp. Without Iron Man (who shows up later), Hulk, or Thor around to do the big damage, this little team does just fine. Too bad they didn’t have someone cooler to fight. Like, I dunno…Batroc or Paste Pot Pete or someone.The touchy-feely “believe in yourself” ending the veiled promise (threat?) that Molecule Kid is going to join “Spider-Man and his Annoying Friends” over on Ultimate Spider-Man don’t help the cause. Not the finest half-hour that this show has had, unfortunately. It stings even harder after the momentum Avengers Assemble had been picking up with its last few episodes. Oh well, these things happen. Hopefully these growing pains will be ironed out by mid-season.Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all news updates related to the world of geek. And Google+, if that’s your thing!


1.5 out of 5