Last Tuesday September 22nd marked the 10 year anniversary of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Though it lasted only 52 episodes, it was a dream show for all Marvel fans. Keep in mind that Avengers: EMH aired years before the Avengers became a globally recognized property and at the time the Marvel Cinematic Universe was merely composed of Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
Considering that the previous attempt at an animated Avengers show, Avengers: United They Stand, laughably fell flat it wasn’t as if the show creators had to worry about living up it its predecessor.
The end result was a giant love letter not just to classic Avengers stories but the entire history of the Marvel Universe in much the same way Young Justice, which also premiered the same year, was for the Distinct Competition. Not to mention one catchy theme song!
Unfortunately just like YJ, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes came to an end after the second season leaving quite exciting plotlines unresolved. While the successor series, Avengers Assemble, aimed to more closely align with the aesthetic and feel of the MCU, for many Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes remains the pinnacle of Marvel animation.
A few weeks ago, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the show’s premiere on September 22nd, 2010, Avengers: EMH story editor and writer Christopher Yost took to Twitter and outlined a “What If…” there had been an Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes third season.
As Yost emphasized, this was merely “a fun treat for the fans — and not any indication that the show is coming back.”
As a further treat, Yost unveiled script pages of what would have been the cold open for the Season 3 premiere.
— christopher yost (@yost) September 22, 2020
— christopher yost (@yost) September 22, 2020
Whether or not Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes finds new life, at least we can enjoy what might have been.
S3E01 STRANGE TALES
As Surtur releases an army of demons on Earth, the Avengers find themselves facing their worst fears… trapped within the realm of NIGHTMARE! Up against an enemy they can’t fight, the team turns to the only person who can help: Dr. Strange!
S3E02 THE GENTLEMAN’S NAME IS MAGNETO
Magneto wages war against humanity, bringing his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants into conflict with the Avengers… but what side are Magneto’s children the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver on?
S3E03 RECURRING KNIGHTMARE
Iron Man and Doctor Doom are pulled through time to ancient CAMELOT, finding themselves uneasy allies against Modred the Mystic. And back in the present, the Wasp’s only hope to get Iron Man back is the BLACK KNIGHT.
Wonder Man returns to the Avengers with an army of Fire Demons on his ionic tail… and he wants the Avengers to save THE ENCHANTRESS. Meanwhile, Thor and Balder the Brave travel to the fiery realm of Musphelheim only to be overwhelmed.
S3E05 AN AGE UNDREAMED OF (1)
The ancient sorcerer KULAN GATH transforms the Avengers and all of New York City into a medieval versions of themselves, leaving only Dr. Strange and the Scarlet Witch to save reality as we know it.
S3E06 RAIDERS OF THE LOST TEMPLE (2)
Freed from Gath’s spell by the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, a team of Avengers leads a rebellion against New York’s transformed heroes. Even with their new teammates, can the Avengers stop the world from changing forever?
S3E07 THOR CROAKS
As Ragnarok approaches, Loki takes Thor off the battlefield. His only hope? Ant-Man and the Wasp… assuming a transformed Thor doesn’t eat them. Ribbit.
S3E08 THE SIGN OF THE SERPENT
As Nick Fury and SHIELD deal with the resurgence of HYDRA, the Avengers race against Viper and the Serpent Society to recover the pieces of the SERPENT CROWN… but Viper doesn’t realizes the evil she’s about to unleash on the world.
S3E09 WEST COAST AVENGERS
While in California on an errand for Iron Man, Hawkeye and Wonder Man consider a more permanent change of scenery… until Graviton shows up. Even with the help of Mockingbird and the mysterious TIGRA, things look bad for the WACKOS.
S3E10 NIGHTS OF WUNDAGORE (1)
As the Maximoff twins delve into the mystery of their true parentage, the Avengers face off with the High Evolutionary and his New Men on Wundagore Mountain. But the Evolutionary only wants to save the world from a much bigger threat.
S3E11 WITCH ON THE MOUNTAIN (2)
Something terrible has awakened inside Wundagore Mountain and it’s come for the Scarlet Witch. Chthon has returned, and now the Avengers’ only hope lies in Quicksilver as he attempts to collect the pages of the DARKHOLD.
S3E12 EVERYTHING BURNS (1)
Surtur arrives on Asgard as the Avengers face a wrathful Loki on Earth. Captain America pays his debt to Hela, while Thor faces his destiny in the form of the Midgard Serpent.
S3E13 RAGNAROK (2)
The Twilight Sword has severed the World Tree. Odin is gone, Thor lays dying. Earth is all that’s left. The end of all things has come.
S3E14 ENTER, THE X-MEN!
With the Avengers scattered after the arrival of Asgard on Earth, the X-Men come to Avengers Mansion looking for two fugitives from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants… Magneto’s children, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.
S3E15 THE OLD ORDER CHANGETH
The world will always need Avengers and when the Masters of Evil strike, only Cap, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver answer the call. Plus, SHIELD isn’t too happy about a couple of “evil” mutants being on the team.
S3E16 THE MAN CALLED NOVA
Alien monsters called the BROOD have already wiped out the Nova Corps, and now only Captain Marvel and the Avengers stand between them and Earth. Enter: The Human Rocket.
S3E17 THE FOURTH HOST
Wakanda is invaded by a group of hyper-evolved beings called the ETERNALS! They’re preparing for the arrival of the Space Gods known as the CELESTIALS, but the Black Panther stands in their way. Wakanda Forever!
S3E18 VICIOUS CIRCLE
The Juggernaut’s on the rampage and only Thor and the Hulk can stop him! But when WOLVERINE and the X-MEN arrive to collect their old foe… SNIKT. But there are worse things in the Canadian wilderness than the Avengers or X-Men realize.
S3E19 THE LAST AVENGER
As the Avengers battle Kang in ancient Egypt, Captain America is lost in time! From World War II fighitng alongside the Atlantean SUB-MARINER all the way to a dark future controlled by Ultron, will Cap ever find his way back home?
S3E20 LIKE A PHOENIX FROM THE ASHES
An ancient power moves across the universe, destroying everything in its path. Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Thor, Vision and Nova watch as the Galactic Super-Powers fail to stop it. The PHOENIX FORCE is heading for Earth.
S3E21 EVOLUTIONARY WAR (1)
Super-Humans. Mutants. Atlanteans. Inhumans. Eternals. Deviants. To save the world, the High Evolutionary will destroy them all. War has begun.
S3E22 CONQUEST (2)
The High Evolutionary’s Gene Bomb will cleanse the world of genetic deviation. This is exactly what Ultron wants.
S3E23 THE BEST OFFENSE
The Hulk, Doctor Strange, and the Sub-Mariner are all that stand in the way of Earth’s destruction at the hands of the Elders of the Universe… if only they could just get along. Captain Marvel and Valkyrie have their work cut out for them.
S3E24 X-SANCTION (1)
The Phoenix Force is coming for the X-Men’s MARVEL GIRL, and the Avengers want to get her off the Earth. Standing in their way? The Uncanny X-Men, who have no intention of just handing Jean Grey over. Everything has been building to this.
S3E25 HOUSE OF M (2)
With Magneto and Quicksilver leading the mutants in possession of the shattered Phoenix Force, the Scarlet Witch chooses sides. The Avengers and remaining X-Men are on the run from the all powerful House of M. What hope does humanity have?
S3E26 AVENGERS WORLD
It’s the Avengers and X-Men versus the fury of the Dark Phoenix! The chilling nature of the Scarlet Witch’s true power is revealed as reality itself breaks. Will either team survive?