Screenplay by Marty Isenberg.
Sometimes, I find myself having mostly not liked something, despite it having some decent elements. Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.: Homecoming is one of those.
The episode’s place in the story arc is one of necessity, and it pays-off because of it. The Hulks have, after their last adventure, returned home. So it’s good to see the writers not being scared to move things forward. Development is good, because if the writers are capable, it leads to equal character development. I won’t say there wasn’t any character development here, because this is probably setting-up for the next episodes down the line, but the immediate effect is invisible.
For such an important episode, the execution was very half-hearted. The Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. had finally returned to Earth, only for there to be none of the emotional connections to these characters the show’s demonstrated in the past. It might be mostly a comedy, but the characters nevertheless have a decent emotional spectrum, and the writers have shown that they’ve no problem with exploring it. So when these characters finally achieve the goal they’ve been aiming toward for the best part of two years, they treat it very casually. Instead, it turns into a slugfest between them and the Abomination that reminds all too much of Hulk.
And another thing: Stan Lee’s gratuitous cameo. I quite like Lee’s cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially when they’re subtle as per Marvel’s the Avengers, but his presence here was nothing but forced. He’s mayor of the town! He’s even called Mayor Stan Lee. What? It’s like in Family Guy where Adam West is Mayor of Quahog, but he didn’t create those characters. Stan Lee being the Mayor of a town inhabited by characters he made isn’t “bad”, it’s just… weird. There are just some lines that shouldn’t intersect, and this is one of them.
Mostly, this show is enjoyable and entertaining. No, it’s not top class entertainment, but that’s not what to expect on Disney XD. However, I shall stick with this show because the episodes I haven’t liked are few in number.
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.: Homecoming – emotionally discontinuous while stretching belief 4/10.