The Avengers has one of the largest followings in the world. And just like everything else with an Internet following, at some point it gets a television show. The good thing about the Avengers is that the core of it is the comic book series, from which the features are adapted. Marvel Entertainment can handle their properties, and Avengers Assemble resembles their cinematic universe without being a part of it. Another advantage of the series having half-hour episodes is that, unlike team-ups as we’re used to, standalone episodes can focus on specific characters each week if the writers wish.
This week’s episode, Molecule Kid, centres on S.H.I.E.L.D. assassins Clinton Barton and Natalia Romanova, and the most enjoyable aspect of the episode is the comparisons it draws between their relationship and how they resemble parents together. As someone who considers the Internet his real home, I can tell you how accurate this is. I don’t really consider myself a Marvel fan, but as someone engaged in social media, I may as well be. I know exactly what kind of relationship fans would like them to have, and that made Molecule Kid seem almost like a fanfiction. But what a lot of people don’t understand about fanfiction is that it can be good. It’s such an accessible medium that there’s too much of it to really notice the good ones, but that doesn’t make them any less present or worth reading. In such a way, this episode is like a really well-written fanfiction, with the writers knowing precisely what kind of relationship he wants to give these characters. In fact, I’d say this release represents the natural progression of a fanbase, in-which the reaction something receives feeds back into the thing in itself. That’s what this is.
Molecule Kid as a villain is slightly cliched, being the son of a previously-seen villain, but he’s not written in such a way that we’re supposed to care. All the villain’s here to be is a child that brings Barton and Romanova together in such a way that the comparison can be drawn and we can get a kick out of it actually being done. So there’s no real reason to have a problem with whom Molecule Kid is.
What this episode left me wanting – and this is through no fault of the episode in itself – is for a Marvel fan I know to see it. She loves Romanova and “ships” her with Barton. In this episode, that’s actually happening. Luckily, it’s just one release from that franchise so it doesn’t have to ruin anything.
Avengers Assemble: Molecule Kid — fanfiction character pairing done well 7/10.