|Technically, it should be the Venom outside, because he covers your body. ...yes, I'm nitpicking.|
Meanwhile, Spider-Man swings over to the building, intent on ending the Hulk’s smashing spree. As he swings inside, the whole thing crumbles down. Spider-man emerges from the rubble and webs up the Hulks, and a nearby crowd yells at him. As it turns out, I was right; the Hulks were in the middle of doing work for “SMASHING for Hope,” their new charity. Now, I have to say that the idea of the Hulks opening up a free demolition service… is a good one. Seriously, think about it. What with all the supervillains attacking New York, there’s probably more of a call for construction than destruction, which would likely mean that demolition teams wouldn’t be as necessary, and are therefore less prevalent. With all the urgent need for rebuilding buildings, there would probably not be many teams available to tear one down.
…wait, am I worldbuilding based on a throwaway opening to an episode of Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. after outright stating that I didn’t have the wherewithal to justify the conflicting portrayals of the Hulk across two shows? I need to decide whether or not I care.
|"My bad" isn't gonna cut it for web fluid to the face.|
Okay, I need to do some explaining. Over in Ultimate Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus is a greasy-haired, betentacled madman who routinely bioengineers weapons. One time, he got ahold of Spider-Man’s blood and made the Venom symbiote. Why am I telling you this? Because this episode seems to be assuming that either you watch Ultimate Spider-Man, or your imminent confusion will make you want to. Anyway, let’s continue. Venom/Skaar attacks, and the Hulks try to figure out what’s going on.
A-Bomb: “Definitely some kind of blobby alien. Probably hitched a ride on a meteor!”
Interesting that this show is considered the weakest of Marvel's three cartoons at the moment, and it just made a reference to the weakest of the Raimi Spider-Man films. Or possibly the 90's Spider-Man cartoon, but I don't know if I should give them that much credit. (Thank you, anonymous commenter!) Still, cute reference, writers.
Spider-Man give them a quick rundown (which only tells them what they’ve already seen) and runs of to find the Octo-drone. The Hulks start attacking Venom/Skaar, but its/their combined might makes it quite difficult. Spidey manages to break the drone, and yells at Doc Ock through the drone’s camera. Ock explains that he wanted to pull an A-bomb and film his greatest triumph of creating a Venomized Hulk. Spidey destroys the drone, and the Hulks up the ante by equipping their weapons to attack Skaar. Unfortunately, She-Hulk gets absorbed by Venom, and it spits out Skaar. More fighting, and the Venom starts draining the Hulks’ Gamma energy to grow some more.
Spidey tells them that they have to defeat it without touching it, so they start throwing I-beams at it. She-Hulk tries to break free and fails. A-Bomb goes in swinging, and gets switched out for She-Hulk. While Venom tries to penetrate A-Bomb’s armor, Hulk leads a new assault where Red Hulk gets switched out.
At this point, the Hulks decide to fight smarter, not harder, but Rulk gets switched out for Hulk anyway. I’ve got two words for this symbiote: Village. Bicycle. Venom/Hulk is now about ten stories tall and smashing away. Spider-Man correctly deduces that Doc Ock’s plan from the start was to create a Venom/Hulk. Wait, didn’t Doc Ock outright admit that?
Anyway, Venom/Hulk fights the others, and Spidey formulates a plan to zap Venom to death with some power lines. The Hulks pull a couple transformer towers into Venom/Hulk thanks to Spidey’s distraction, but it doesn’t work. A-bomb calls upon his movie knowledge to come up with the plan of freezing it, and Doc Ock monologues about Venom/Hulk’s immunity to electricity. Rulk and Shulk get in the Hulkjet and open fire on the monster, which grabs onto the jet and brings it down in a massive explosion. A-Bomb drives a truck of liquid nitrogen right into the beast, which picks it up and tries to eat it. Skaar leaps up and cuts the tank open, freezing the Venom/Hulk solid, allowing Hulk to partially smash his way out. Spidey webs him, and the Hulks pull as hard as they can, freeing the Hulk.
The symbiote shrinks away, but reforms, grabbing everyone but the Hulk and Spidey. The newly-born “Gamma Venom,” speaking in the voices of all the Hulks, attacks and tries to devour the surviving heroes.
|To be fair to the show, this is almost as awesome as that time Venom took over a robotic Galactus.|
Venom chases Spidey through the tunnel, and Hulk comes in at the last second with a bell that was present when the Hulks were demolishing the building at the beginning of the episode. Cute reference. Hulk rings the giant bell, and the sound waves weaken the monster. The Agents of S.M.A.S.H. escape and ring the bell in unison, destroying Venom and rendering all the Hulks temporarily deaf.
Hulk admits that they should have listened to Spidey’s earlier advice about not relying on their fists, which is a lesson that they’ve “learned” several times already. Anyway, New York applauds the heroes, and Spidey says that he’ll get Nick Fury take care of Doc Ock. Doc Ock, meanwhile, panics in his base at the loss of his camera feed. The Hulks and Spidey burst in, and they prepare to smash.
A-Bomb: “Ah-hahahaha… you’re gonna get punched a lot.”
In the cutaway, Hulk muses over the lesson of the day.
Hulk: “Ya know, I like solutions that don’t always involve smashing.”
A-Bomb: “Well, technically, we smashed a bell. So… there’s that.”
Hulk delivers the lesson to the camera, and A-Bomb says that they need to thank Doc Ock for the extra camera footage, neatly tying up the plot hole of where Rick got the footage of Doc Ock from. Witty banter, the end.
Now, I'd like to apologize for the lack of snark in that recap. Like the pilot of the Super Hero Squad Show, the whole thing was mostly fight scenes, which are inherently hard to make fun of. Now let's review. I can still do that unimpeded.