By Christina Diem Pham
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Earth’s Mightiest Heroes had their molecules all up in a bunch during Sunday’s episode of "Marvel’s Avengers Assemble"!
When Molecule Kid shows up, Hawkeye and Black Widow bicker like there’s no tomorrow while the rest of the Avengers are kept in the dark about their current mission--and M.O.D.O.K. even drops in with the Super Adaptoid!
We learned more about the episode after speaking with series Supervising Producer Cort Lane, so read on to find what he’s got to say. And as usual, catch "Marvel's Avengers Assemble" and more Marvel Universe on Disney XD every Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET!
Marvel.com: All right, so in this episode, Molecule Kid comes off as a misunderstood teenager. With that being said, how does bringing in such a young character test the Avengers outside of their super hero personas?
Cort Lane: There was a specific idea where Hawkeye and Black Widow have a different perspective about a lot of things, in particular this mission and how it should be handled. There’s a lot of conflict which is pretty funny since they’re bickering all the time, and throwing a kid in the mix makes them sort of like a mom and dad, which was the dynamic we wanted to set up between them.
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If it was an adult super villain then they’d be fighting him, but because it was a teenager who doesn’t know what he’s doing, it creates a situation where they’re trying to figure out how to handle this kid. Neither of them are terribly nurturing, so both of them have horrible ideas.
Marvel.com: Ok, and how does having this kid on the show highlight the strengths and weaknesses of Black Widow and Hawkeye?
Cort Lane: Because this situation is something they’ve never dealt with, and neither one is comfortable with teenagers, it creates some awkward humor for them. On top of it, their bickering is annoying to him...which creates even more problems when he unleashes his powers due to the bickering.
Marvel.com: We’ve seen Widow and Hawkeye’s interaction in “Marvel’s The Avengers” and now we see it in “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” where this episode really zones in on their relationship. Since the two make a good team, what about their dynamic helps the Avengers as a whole?
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Cort Lane: We really wanted to explore their relationship. In the film, we don’t get to see that much of it since Hawkeye’s is being mind controlled most of the movie, so here, we play up Hawkeye’s sarcastic, sort of rebellious attitude and that Black Widow is so by the book.
They both come from S.H.I.E.L.D. and they’re both given a mission by Nick Fury, but how they choose to handle it and how they see their loyalties to the Avengers is really what’s the heart of it. That creates the conflict. Black Widow has a long way to go to become more loyal to the Avengers. This is the first time we see that her primary loyalty seems to be with S.H.I.E.L.D., which comes in conflict with her duties as an Avenger.
Marvel.com: And towards the end of the episode, our heroes, including Molecule Kid, come together to take down M.O.D.O.K. Even Black Widow and Hawkeye refer him to Nick Fury for the S.H.I.E.L.D. Training Program. Is there a future in Marvel Animation for Molecule Kid?
Cort Lane: I’ll be honest, that’s something we are thinking about but haven’t explored yet. We did want to leave that open-ended since we have a lot of teenage characters running around in another show with Marvel Animation...and the son of a super villain is a very fun idea.
One of the best moments of the episode is the flashback scene at the very beginning in black and white. If you notice, we get to see the Avengers of “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!” [the team's previous animated series] heading into battle.
|Molecule Kid makes his debut in "Marvel's Avengers Assemble"|
Marvel.com: Seeing how Molecule Kid is a teenager and he’s super relatable, what can kids take away from this episode? What lessons can be learned since the target audience is so young?
Cort Lane: With Molecule Kid, I believe we wanted to demonstrate that same Spider-Man lesson, “with great power comes great responsibility.” But in his case, you get to decide your destiny. You get to decide what kind of person you want to be, and the world around you--your past, your family--doesn’t necessarily define who you are. You get to say who you are.
Marvel.com: Awesome! Now what’s your favorite moment?
Cort Lane: Well, the EMH flashback is a favorite. I also always love Charlie Adler’s voice performance. Here, we get to see M.O.D.O.K. take over Super Adaptoid, and his performances are always so over the top. He’s a voiceover legend and has worked for us on other shows too. Anytime he runs around as M.O.D.O.K. it makes me smile.
I think my favorite line is from Iron Man, when Molecule Kid asks if he’s going to be ok. He says, “Me? I’m all heart.” It’s typical Iron Man making light of the fact that he has a damaged heart, but in a way, it’s very true...he is all heart.