Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 (2014)

mighty7Stan Lee is asked by Archie Comics to create a comic book for them. Just his luck, Stan Lee runs across a group of Marvel clones that happen to be aliens from another galaxy with their own sets of powers and abilities. Stan Lee narrates the tale of Stan Lee in which Lee plays Stan Lee who is looking for an idea for a comic. Just his luck Stan Lee comes across the idea for his new series when he decides to help a bunch of space cops and their prisoners escape US authorities. Though Stan Lee plays himself as the main character, he’s really there to lend exposition to a clunky story, and inspire awe on the audience for a bunch of half baked heroes and villains.

I really wanted to love “Mighty 7,” but it all feels like warmed over science fiction that is only an inch away from being great. I’m not particularly sure why there’s an alien police force of two carrying five deadly criminals across the galaxy, and why Stan Lee rescues all of them from the US Government. In either case, hilarity ensues when they go to Stan’s house to live there, and Stan decides to keep them around for the sake of his new comic which revolves around a reality show based on superheroes.

The characters are all fairly bland and forgettable variations on Stan Lee’s Marvel days, and no one really stands out among the pack. The plot also feels very generic as the criminals show themselves to be real heroes, while the anti-hero of the bunch, Lazer Lord. He has a score to settle with a US politician who happens to be a part of a secret organization of lizard people intent on ruling Earth. Obviously. Truth be told I was very bored with “Mighty 7” and found myself tuning most of it all out. There isn’t much to the pilot beyond a lot of attempts at character dynamics, and Stan Lee gasping and gaping at everything that happens to him.

The cast of voice actors are fine, at least, with Armie Hammer, Mayim Bialik, Christian Slater, and Sean Astin taking roles. Bialik and Astin give spirited performances, while Hammer seems half asleep most of the time. “Mighty 7” might be the banner action series the Hub Network in America are looking for. But it needs so much more development, much better writing, and animation that’s decent if it wants to be remotely entertaining. I respect Stan Lee’s enthusiasm for comic books and superheroes in this cynical age, but “Mighty 7” feels like nothing but rehashed concepts we’ve seen time and time again.