TV Review: “Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel”

Maia Zewert

Phineas and Ferb” is one of a handful of cartoons that attracts an audience older than its target demo, so it’s no surprise it was chosen as the first animated crossover event between Disney and Marvel since Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009.

After Dr. Doofenschmirtz’s “Power Draininator” accidentally takes the powers of Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Spider-Man, the heroes stop by Danville to ask Phineas and Ferb to help them get back to normal before the villains (Red Skull, Whiplash, Venom and M.O.D.O.K) use the same device to destroy the world.

The super-sized episode still has all the same things that make a Phineas and Ferb episode great, such as musical numbers and someone asking “Where’s Perry?” In all reality, the episode could have removed the Marvel characters and just invented some new superheroes, and it would have almost been just as enjoyable; however, having the Marvel characters made the episode a bit more amusing to fans. In an attempt to restore the superpowers, there’s a mix up, causing the heroes to switch powers temporarily. Hulk ends up with Iron Man’s powers, although Phineas notes that without the suits, Iron Man’s powers are useless. “I am feeling entrepreneurial,” Hulk responded.

There were some questions that probably should have been answered, such as if Hulk doesn’t have his powers wouldn’t he turn back into Bruce Banner, why is the Red Skull there and Captain America is not, and how does an Iron Man suit lose power, just to name a few. But once you let push these aside and just watch the episode for what it is — a cartoon meant for children — it’s a bit easier to enjoy.