Avengers Grimm: Time Wars

When Rumpelstiltskin tries to take over Earth once and for all, The Avengers Grimm must track him down through time in order to defeat him.

– Anonymous, IMDB

Not too long ago I checked out the original Avengers Grimm movie, and I found it so laughably enjoyable that I was beyond thrilled to find out that there was a sequel. And thankfully that sequel somehow manages to be just as entertainingly bad as the first film, if not more.

We rejoin our heroes from the first film… well, most of them. Snow White, Red Riding Hood, and Cinderella are back, with Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel being written out of the film. Instead they’re replaced with characters from the Avengers Grimm spin-off, Sinister Squad (Asylum’s answer to the Suicide Squad). So we get Alice and the Mad Hatter running a secret company that monitors magical goings-on in our world and others.

Which honestly makes some sense, that Alice in Wonderland has become the gatekeeper of magical realms… but it does make for a big inconsistency with the first film, where it was flat out said that magic did not exist in our world (Hence why Rumpelstiltskin’s invasion was such a big deal, Earth would’ve been defenceless had he succeeded).

Speaking of which, Rumpelstiltskin is back in this film! Except he’s not THE Rumpelstiltskin, apparently it’s just an extremely common name for magic-using evil tricksters. He is played by a different actor than the first film, and I have to admit he’s definitely not as memorable here. But that’s also due to this film having someone else as the main villain.

Riffing off the success of Aquaman this film’s main villain is Magda, the Queen of Atlantis. Magda’s trying to track down Prince Charming and force him into marriage which Snow White and the other heroes want to prevent. Snow White in particular wants to stop the marriage because she herself is in love with Prince Charming… which is kind of confusing because in the first movie Snow White’s husband was killed and immediately afterwards she was trapped in the human world. But according to this film she and Prince Charming were/are madly in love… so did the movie forget about her previous husband? Or was Snow White’s first marriage for political reasons and Charming was her true love? I can almost guarantee the writers just deliberately ignored that plot point from the first film because it made for a “better” story for the sequel.

There’s a whole lot to make fun of in this movie, so I’ll end it here with a glowing recommendation that if you like bad movies you’ll definitely get some laughs out of this film.


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