The Avengers team up with the Fantastic Four to battle Dr. Doom's robot army.
In his castle fortress, Dr. Doom receives a report from his robotic assistant Lucia von Bardas on the various members of the Avengers, as well as their assumed threat-level. Despite Lucia suggesting that Doom delay a planned attack on the superhero team until the whereabout of Hank Pym and Thor can be verified, Doom tells her to "destroy" the Avengers.
At Avengers mansion, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm (AKA the Fantastic Four's Human Torch and the Thing) arrive for a regularly scheduled game of poker. It is revealed that Grimm and Hulk have a long standing grudge of who is stronger, with the Hulk claiming that Grimm has never defeated him. Hawkeye, Black Panther and Captain America (secretly a Skrull impostor) are also present at the card game.
Meanwhile, Iron Man and the Wasp visit the Baxter Building, the home of the Fantastic Four. Susan Storm (AKA the Invisible Woman) greets them before disappearing with Janet for some "girl time" while Stark catches up with Reed Richards (AKA Mr. Fantastic). In Richards lab is Princess Ravonna, still trapped in a state of temporal uncertainty; Richards has been attempting to reform the galactic royalty to a full physical form. Meanwhile, Sue and Janet visit Prison 42, the prison that Pym, Stark and Richards built to house the world's most dangerous criminals in the Negative Zone.
On his orders, Dr. Doom's army of Doombots simultaneously attack the Baxter Building and Avenger's Mansion. During the battle at the Avenger's mansion, the Thing explains to "Captain America" the history between Reed RIchards and Dr. Doom, including Doom's dark obsession with proving himself superior to Richards and how Doom has established himself as the sovereign of his own nation.
Once only four more Doombots remain at each battle, the deadly robots shut down to a suspended state, stopping their fight. At the Baxter Building, Reed and Tony discover that Susan and Janet have gone missing, realizing that they had been kidnapped to Latveria, Dr. Doom's foreign country during the fight. Before they can react however, the Doombots reveal their final form: a series of high-powered explosives daisy-chained together to create an explosion capable of destroying New York City.
While Reed Richards and Black Panther attempt to disarm the two megabombs, Iron Man attempts to save Susan and Janet. Upon arriving at the airship that is holding the two heroines, Stark is confronted by Lucia van Bardas. As he attempts to update Reed on the situation, Iron Man looks back towards New York just in time to witness a giant explosion.
Iron Man returns to the Baxter building to find that Reed disarmed his bomb cluster, with the Avengers soon arriving to confirm that they slowed their cluster’s trigger long enough for the Hulk to hurl them above the city to explode harmlessly. Iron Man and Richards inform the rest of the group what happened to Janet and Susan. While the Human Torch and the Thing are quick to try to save them, Tony reminds that it is a difficult situation due to Doom being a political figure, as it could potentially cause an international incident. When Torch grows angry that Iron Man is suggesting they just let Doom win, Stark informs him that he has something else in mind.
In Latveria, Wasp wakes up to discover herself and Sue Storm in bubble prisons in Dr. Doom’s fortress. Wasp proceeds to insult and taunt Doom, but he informs her that her attempts to distract him will not dissuade him from his hidden purpose for kidnapping the two superheroines. Just then, Bardas informs Doom that an Avengers quinjet is closing in on their location.
The quinjet evades Doom’s initial missile defenses with the help of the Human Torch before retreating from Lateverian airspace. However, Doom reveals that the airborne attack was merely a distraction from a second team of Avengers covertly invading Doom’s fortress. While Iron Man and Black Panther battles with Lucia van Bardas, Reed attempts to free the two female captives. When Doom uses more giant robots, the retreating Avengers return to assist their teammates in battle.
Eventually the Avengers gets the upper-hand, defeating all of Doom’s robots including Lucia van Bardas. However, Doom refuses to surrender, and proves himself a worthy adversary as he deflects each members of the Avengers and the Fantastic Fours attacks. After informing them that they are trespassing on Latverian soil and commanding them to leave, Doom surprisingly releases his two captives to his adversaries. With no other reason to stay at Doom’s fortress, the Avengers agree to leave, despite Wasp’s objections. When Reed asks Doom for an explanation of all of his actions, Doom merely informs the former colleague that Richards doesn’t understand what is happening. Before Doom can explain further, Iron Man tells the Avengers to vacate his fortress.
Back in New York, the Fantastic Four and Avengers discuss how Doom let the two captives go and what his mysterious intentions for the attack in the first place could possibly be. As they speculate, Doom reveals what his research proved to him in Latveria: that Sue Storm has been replaced with a Skrull.
This is the first episode of the second season of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. It was the first episode to be aired as part of Disney XD’s Marvel Universe block of animation, which also included Ultimate Spider-Man and related short features during commercial breaks.
Fred Tatasciore also performs the voice of the Thing, meaning there are several scenes of the actor talking to himself in this epsiode.
|Name||The Private War of Dr. Doom|
|Air Date||April 1, 2012|