This review is spoiler-free.
A serial killer is taking out Avenger Initiative candidates before Nick Fury can recruit them? What a great concept!
Half spy-thriller, half whodunit, this episode didn’t pull its punches and I would say if your kids have been watching through this series, this might be one to pre-watch beforehand, as there is a LOT of death on display throughout. There are more than a few shocking moments in this third episode, including one jaw-dropping twist that was perfectly executed.
Last week’s episode impacted the MCU on a galactic level, this week it was more localised to events on Earth. With that said, the ripple effect and consequences here were just as shocking. The pacing of the story was really well worked and the episode flew by. The man narrative was fun, exciting and at times very homoerotic (more of this please!) and had many strong elements to it, which was enhanced further by some great character performances.
Speaking of the performances, and in terms of MCU actors that you’d associate with The Avengers, the episode features Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki). Yet with that all said, it is Black Widow who we follow for large parts of the episode, who here is voiced by Lake Bell, with Bell doing a good impression for the most part. Another big Avengers player, who had the impression treatment, is Tony Stark, voiced by Mick Wingert, who, like Bell, is more than convincing in the role. There are also supporting roles for Frank Grillo (Brock) and Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif) who just add to that MCU feel. I am purposely missing one key name out of this cast list, as I refuse to spoil it, but it is well worth the payoff and the twist on this particular character was nicely worked.
I think last week they really flexed their storytelling muscles in regards to story consequences, but this week it was very much the case of the consequences of the people and individuals the story focused on. For me, this worked on a more human and emotive level and I appreciated what they tried to do with this concept.
Another enjoyable outing for the What It?… series, showing here that they are not afraid to go dark when they need to. Out of the three so far, I would say this is my second favourite and the quality of storytelling continues to get stronger as each week passes.