These days Disney and the Marvel Cinematic Universe are pretty much synonymous, but back in the year 2000 the Disney Channel produced its own live-action TV movie - Up, Up and Away - about the struggles of an unpowered 13-year-old son in a family of superheroes.
The events unfold in a weird amalgam world where Spider-Man (and Mary Jane), Superman, and The Green Hornet are all namechecked as real people!
Scott Marshall (Michael J. Pagan) is the son of the superstrong, flying hero Bronze Eagle (Robert Townsend, who also directed the movie) and the mighty and fast Warrior Woman (Alex Datcher).
Both his older brother, Silver Charger (Kasan Butcher) and younger sister, Molly (Arreale Davis) have superpowers, but as Scott nears his 14th birthday (the date by which any mutant superpowers will have manifested in this world, much like Marvel's comic book mutants) he fears he won't be going into the "family business".
Hearing that his parents might cancel his birthday party (a kind of "coming out" event with a host of other superheroes), Scott starts to lie about gaining powers, but, while his excited parents take him at his word, his wise old grandpa, Steel Condor (Sherman Hemsley) sees through his ruse.
Meanwhile, Scott's school is being used as a test site for an ecological company's new Earth Protectors software, supposed to teach the children about saving the world, but actually containing brainwashing software.
The creator of the tech, Nina (Olivia Burnette), truly wants to do good, but feels this heavy-handed approach is the only way to truly make strides in saving the planet.
However, her partner, Malcolm (Kevin Connolly), who I thought was her brother until over halfway through the flick, has more pedestrian plans for the software: to use it to get rich.
Eventually, realising that Scott - masquerading as the would-be superhero Warrior Eagle - actually has no powers, his parents are drawn into a trap set by Malcolm and it's up to Scott and his school friends to save them.
While there are some clever moments, and witty one-liners, in Dan Berendsen's script, Up, Up And Away is no Sky High, and doesn't even really stand up against Zoom: Academy For Superheroes.
Although the budget clearly went into slick costume design, and the special effects are kind of what you'd expect for a 20-year-old TV movie, the villains are rather lacklustre - despite the interesting dynamic between Nina and Malcolm with their different goals - and the revelation that the Marshall family's Kryptonite is aluminium foil (tin foil to us Brits) is simply risible.
When three superpowered heroes are trapped in a cage made of tin foil at the climax of the film, all sense of verisimilitude goes flying out the window.
The plot denouement is more "kids on bikes" than superpower slugfest anyway, and Scott is very free with the highly-guarded secret of his family's secret identities when persuading his friends, Amy (Jamie Renée Smith) and Randy (Chris Marquette), to help in the rescue.
Lucky then that one of his brother's powers is "mind wiping" (a human version of the Men In Black's memory erasing Neuralyzer). Let's not even get into the ethics of non-consensual mind wipes!
There are nuggets of interest in Up, Up And Away: the world where superheroes are just accepted as the norm, the variety of cool hero costumes glimpsed, the inherited powers and legacy aspect, the natural development of powers (which rather jars with the the big name heroes who get dropped into conversation) etc make me want to know more about the setting and see the Marshalls and their costumed friends taking on some real supervillains at some point.
Hidden away in the recesses of Disney+, Up, Up And Away is a mere 75-minute watch, and an easy afternoon space-filler for those of us who have to watch EVERY live-action superhero movie they find.