Marvel has been tearing it up on the big screen with their live action cinematic universe, but the same can’t necessarily be said for their animated features. They delivered a few decent for a while and then something changed. The last had a strange animation style and managed to deliver some fun action, but little else. The latest Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher is the latest to try and bring something to the game following the anime style made popular through the Marvel Anime TV series, but does it have what it takes or will it be another missed opportunity?
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher follows the Punisher who is taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody after interfering in a top secret mission. In exchange for release, he and the Black Widow are teamed up to take down the terrorist arms dealing organization Leviathan who plan to auction stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. technology. After the success of the Marvel Anime TV series they seem to be focused on using this style for their films with this one being the second one to be released. This one kept the same focus that is all the rage with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers, but allowed the focus to be on Black Widow and Punisher making for a way more interesting dynamic than usual. The story is pretty simple, but makes excellent use of the Punisher keeping him the killing machine he is supposed to be as opposed to the watered down version they like to add to the animated properties most of the time. Most of the film is a comic style espionage story with tons of great action thrown in, but it is the wide variety of character appearances in the final action sequence that will have Marvel fans blown away including the usual cast including Thor and Hulk, but keep an eye out for some quick glimpses of Captain Marvel, Grim Reaper, Griffin and a lot more that is sure to put a smile on any geeks face.
Marvel hasn’t quite found their animated groove and while these anime-style films are entertaining, hopefully they will step out of the norm to bring some of their more popular story arcs to life. There are so many great stories that will never show up in the live action universe, so it’s time they throw some cash into the animated world and give the fans what they want.