When we last left Doctor Doom, the Avengers had left him in Latveria because they couldn't arrest him without sparking an international incident. So let's see what happens when Latveria becomes international. Of course, that would mean that Latveria wouldn't be international, what with there only being one nation, under Doom, indivisible, with liberty and justice for none, but whatever.
|"Becoming international" sounded clever in my head.|
Thor: "Asgard, your favorite son has returned!"
Really!? Cool, I was hoping Baldr would show up! I... Oh, you were talking about yourself like the vain oaf Loki always said you were. My mistake.
|Your time will come, O Shining Son of Asgard.|
Odin: "Has it occurred to you that Thor's Day is a holiday in your honor?"
Geez, don't get your mithril knickers in a twist, Odin. There's a Thor's Day literally every week. Right after Odin's Day, and right before Freya's day. We just call them "Wednesday," "Thursday," and "Friday."
|Note to self: Put "mithril knickers" in next D&D campaign. +5 against knees to the groin.|
Odin: "One day, humanity will disappoint you with their weakness."
Thor returns to Earth, and discovers that the world is somehow bathed in green light, and Avengers Tower has been replaced with a half-tower/half-castle monstrosity. Said monstrosity zaps him with a laser, and he gets knocked into a statue of the planet's dictator: Victor von Doom.
|With a like "Planet Doom," it was either this or a world filled with cacodemons. I'd say they lucked out.|
|Also, two out of these three have beards. Because alternate reality.|
Back in the episode, their speedboat gets attacked by a Doombot squadron led by Black Widow wearing Madame Masque's metal mask. Also, she calls herself "Black Bride." One guess as to the husband.
|Here's a hint: it rhymes with "Victor von Doom." Also, it's Victor von Doom.|
|"We're not a team, we're a time bomb."|
|I love the fact that he has a belt-less buckle.|
|Still in mint condition.|
Tony: "Viking guy!"
Tony says that the reason Thor can't get to his hammer is because it's locked in a static space-time bubble that exists outside of separate reality. Some sort of time (and relative dimension) in space, if you will. Though I'm not sure what you'd call such a thing. Anyway, apparently Thor can willingly renounce his connection to his hammer, which would release it for Doom's use.
Thor: "I would sooner die than give up my connection to Mjolnir."
Tony: "Well, that might work."
Evil Tony Stark scares me.
|"How 'bout we slice you up and poke around in your organs a bit, too? I love a morning vivisection!"|
|[@pprvpotts cancel my 3:00 kthnx]|
The other member of Doom's evil science team reveals himself to beholy$#!%!
B... B... Bruce Banner. In his first appearance on the show.
|10 outta 10. Just for that. 11 outta 10.|
|Seriously, I haven't seen Bruce Banner in a current cartoon in years. This is awesome!|
|Eh, I'm not sure that entirely explains everything.|
Thor begins to consider the possibility that what Odin said about humans sucking was true, but makes an impassioned speech on their behalf.... But nothing happens. The executioner takes aim at Thor... But reveals himself to be the Punisher and shoots the Doombots instead.
|Don't question it; it's awesome|
Yeah, he dies.
This is not a joke. Doctor Doom just killed Thor.
Of course, Black Bride brings him back to life with a shock from her wrist gauntlets, and Mjolnir rushes into his hand, thus sort of lessening the sacrifice, but whatever. It's a shockingly brutal moment, considering what this show usually gives us in terms of "surprise" resurrections.
|Seriously, Marvel, you would never kill off Iron Man in the first episode and you know it.|
After the science guys talk, they decide to send Thor through the time stream to set right what once went wrong, hoping that the each leap would be the leap home.
He arrives at the Latverian embassy and destroys Doom's time machine before Doom goes back to change history, which is impossible, because as soon as Dr. Doom went back in time, he altered history so that he never had to go back in time....
Aaaaaand, I just lost you.
Look, it's the same paradox that people complain about regarding Back to the Future Part 2. Trust me on this.
Doom throws a fit, Thor rejoins his pals, and he discovers that there really is no place like home, Auntie Em. Except Earth isn't his home, but whatever, let's review!