The Avengers Review

Well, it’s finally here. The Avengers. After several years of the (mostly excellent) lead-up background movies, they’ve all come together to save the world.

I’m going to try and make this post relatively un-detailed. So no spoilers. I stumbled upon an article yesterday that ended up giving away a huge spoiler. WITHOUT WARNING. It ruined my morning. Especially since I hadn’t even really been looking at pictures or any other articles about the movie since I wanted to be surprised. Anyways, enough whining.

I went to the midnight showing, an excellent decision. A few costumes, but mainly plastic masks or shields, and a lot of Marvel related t-shirts on attendees. The previews: The Expendables 2 (I don’t really care about this one but the theater I was in lost it when Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van Damme showed up), The Amazing Spiderman (yeah, it looks awesome, but despite loving the earlier movies (or maybe because of) I just can’t seem to get excited about this one), Frankenweenie (Tim Burton’s early short film about a boy who brings his dog back to life extended to feature length), and Brave (very excited about this one- Pixar’s first female heroine and it looks like it’s going to be a really beautiful film). Um, there were more than this I think but I was kind of tired and honestly? I wasn’t there for the previews.

And then the movie finally started! Yay! It followed the fairly generic formula for ensemble action movies: introduce villain/world threatening problem, round up separate heroes, highlight problems amongst heroes, somehow they band together and then epic battle(s) ensue followed by heroes saving the world. And that’s what happened. In the most perfect way possible.

A problem for movies with large ensembles means that characters don’t get a lot of time to be fleshed out that well. Film makers tend to resort to broad characterizations to help audiences keep track of who’s who. Fortunately, Marvel has eliminated that problem with the origin movies. So we already know who everyone is pretty much. Hawkeye and Black Widow deserve to get their own movies after this though- their relationship, and their separate characters, are amazing. I mean seriously, Black Widow? Girl’s got nothing except her body and her guns and she could handle any one of those superheroes no problem. Oh, and her scene with Loki? My jaw hit the floor. Also, I love Agent Coulson. So much.

The one-liners and banter in this movie are incredible and I’m going to have to see this movie again simply because I missed half the movie laughing. The fight scenes are wonderful (I’m running out of synonyms for amazing here…) and result in total geek outs, especially when you see who’s fighting who. Loki is the best villain that we’ve seen so far in these movies and Tom Hiddleston brings a level of creepy/crazy to this movie that we never saw in Thor. Of course, I might just be biased because I love Viking mythology so much.

The movie absolutely lived up to my expectations. I think Joss Whedon successfully annihilated any doubts people might have had that he couldn’t handle directing this movie.  And best of all, a sequel was clearly hinted at in the end credits and I have heard rumors of a Thor sequel and a Captain America sequel as well. Awesome. Also, if you go to see the movie, be sure to stay to the end, the very end, of the credits. You should probably know that already, but seriously. Stay.

Oh and I’ve heard about the Agent Coulson shorts that are on the Thor and Captain America Blu-Ray’s, but if you don’t have Blu-Ray like me, you can see them both here.

Ok, I lied. I’m putting a spoiler in here. Highlight below if you want to read it. But don’t read it if you haven’t seen the movie. Don’t. You’re only ruining it for yourself if you do.

Joss Whedon, why must you always kill the best character?!?!? You did it with Walsh in Serenity and now you did it with Agent Coulson. I understand his death was the necessary catalyst to solidify the separate heroes into The Avengers but still. I loved him and now’s he dead. No more unflappable responses to ridiculous situations, no more lovely dry humor. *sob*

Ok, spoiler finished. Just wanted to get it out of my system.

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The Avengers

The Super Bowl was on a few days ago. Did I care? Not really. I went to a party for it though. Because the house was big with nice TVs and there were friends there. I’m still not entirely sure who won. (It was the Giants, right? The team without pretty boy Brady?)

Anyways, this caught my eye during the commercials:

I only saw a glimpse of it and didn’t hear any of it then (due to the aforementioned friends), but I checked it later. Pretty exciting! I’m not particularly a fan of comic books, and something tells me that it is probably better that way. Comic book characters usually have long back stories with numerous opponents and villains. How could all that story be smushed into a satisfying 2ish hour movie? Or even a trilogy? I don’t think it could. So being a fan of just the movies (which I am for the most part) means that I don’t have to worry about things like: Which villains will they choose?!?! How will they make it work?!!?

Back to The Avengers. Marvel has been preparing for this for a long time. And preparing well. The Avengers group is made up of Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America. Brought together by Nick Fury, director of S. H. I. E. L. D., The Avengers movie will have the heroes saving the world from the villainous plots of Loki.

Like I said, Marvel has been planning this one for a while. Each hero has been given their own origin movie, except for Hawkeye and Black Widow. The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton (replaced with Mark Ruffalo for this film) came out in 2008, as did Iron Man where we first met Tony Stark. Iron Man 2 came out in 2010 (where we first saw the Black Widow), followed closely the next year by Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. I have seen all of these movies at this point except for Thor, which I’m bit nervous about because I’m scared it will be so different from the actual mythology that I’ll have a hard time just enjoying the movie.

I’m not sure when Marvel first decided to do The Avengers movie, but if I remember correctly, Iron Man was the first time we saw Nick Fury in an after-credits clip. I suppose the success of the origin movies only ensured the production of this one.

The official details: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark, Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk/Bruce Banner, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Tom Hiddleston is the villain Loki. Directed by Joss Whedon (yay!), The Avengers comes out on May 4th. I’ll leave you with the official trailer.