Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Recap: Avengers EMH (Micro-Episode 10) "This Monster, This Hero"

Hawkeye and Black Widow have joined the events! Just like in the films, they have to piggyback their introduction onto someone else's story.

"Who is the monster, and who is the man?" Sing the bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells, bells of Notre Dame!
What? Disney owns Marvel now.
If you're still in suspense from last time, of course the Hulk wasn’t taken out by the arrows. But now he’s really angry.

Hawkeye: “Really. ‘Cause from where I’m standing, you look more ‘beat-up’ than ‘angry.’”

Yeah, maybe not anger the rage-fueled monster-man? Kthx.

Hawkeye unleashes a barrage of stun, gas, and electric arrows, and Black Widow jumps around while firing her wrist-stingers, culminating in a cryo-arrow from Hawkeye that encases the Hulk in ice. To the shock of no one, the Hulk breaks free, but gets blinded by a flashbomb arrow.
Everything but a boxing glove arrow. That's the guy from DC.
Meanwhile, General Ross yells at the two over the comm-link. The Hulk is his mission, blah blah blah.
Ross goes against his orders and opens fire at the Hulk, despite Black Widow’s continuing orders as well as the fact that she and Hawkeye are in the line of fire. Hulk, having regained his vision, leaps into the missile to save the two.

Unfortunately, this causes a rock formation to fall over and hit the stealth fighter. Said stealth fighter appears to be piloted by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Bobbi Morse (Hawkeye’s wife, in the comics). Nice touch.

Hulk leaps up and saves the fighter, despite having an opportunity to make a clean getaway. He gently sets the fighter down (well, as gently as the Hulk can), and gets taken out by the Black Widow’s “stingers.” Hulk reverts into Bruce Banner and is quickly flown to the Cube.

Hawkeye enters the Cube and walks past all the Gamma-mutates. I can see Vapor, Bi-Beast, X-Ray, the Leader, Ironclad, Radioactive Man (who, despite leaking green gas, is not in a radiation proof cell), and Abomination…. Yep, steel bars with definitely hold these guys. Also, all of these guys are emitting Gamma rays? Yeah, Hawkeye’s probably going to be firing blanks from now on.
Just look at that healthy green glow.
Dr. Leonard Samson, determined to find a cure for the Hulk, takes a blood sample from the chained-up Banner, who protests that the Hulk have intelligence and a possibility to coexist with humans. Hawkeye enters as Samson leaves, and asks about the Hulk.

Hawkeye: “Why did the Hulk save that ship? He could’ve just escaped. I saw it. He had a way out, but he saved my crew, instead. Why?”

Banner counters by saying that he should really be asking what S.H.I.E.L.D. wants the Hulk for.

Banner: “Do you really think the Cube is a jail? And now they have samples of my blood! The hulk’s blood! You think they want to cure me? They don’t. They want to make more of me.”

Dun dun dunnnn!


  1. SHIELD wanting to make more Hulks? What an interesting, morally ambiguous plot thread that never... actually... went anywhere. Well dang.

    - That One Anon

    1. Ah, but remember. There wasn't just a green Hulk in this series....

      Still a good point, though.

    2. There was also the issue of the Leader taking over the place where the blood was stored.

    3. I like to imagine that "Gamma World" and the whole everyone turning into gamma monsters encouraged Fury to table that little project.