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'The Avengers' Directed By Joss Whedon

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  • May 5, 2012
It's been four years that Marvel has been planning and building to this.  If they failed, it would be hysterical.  Such a build up, such a hype with such a failure?  Oh yeah it would be epic.  Ever since Iron Man in 2008 have seeds and build up been planned.  All the movies that followed would have something to do with this film be it plot points, characters or even sly hints for fanboys to giggle at when they wink at them across the screen.

The movie though would be helmed by Joss Whedon he of the legions of fanboys who keeps having projects fail: Dollhouse, Firefly, Serenity.....BUT luck is on his side in that he is supposedly good at writing characters and has comic knowledge to back him up since he worked for Marvel for a long time and knows his source material.

Sadly though one thing is a hindrance.  You've got FIVE movies to sift through to follow the story accurately.  You could have maybe missed The Incredible Hulk (the 2008 version, not the HULK SNORE! 2003 version) or maybe the first Iron Man and not lose too much but the second Iron Man, Captain America and ESPECIALLY Thor are required.  It's the same reason I'm not too keen on Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, you have prerequisite movies to watch, though The Avenger's won't injoke you to death.  The script however does take time to cut you in on the bare essentials and explain things, like who Captain America is, why Tony has that thing in his chest, where the Hulk has been and just how the hell Thor got to Earth.

The story starts off right away with Loki-Thors brother and Fallen God making a pact with some evil alien types.  If Loki can construct a portal to Earth for the aliens to invade, they will be his army and he can keep the device that brought the conquering force to Earth.  S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury has to evacuate his base after Loki invades and Nick knows that war is on and calls in Captain America, Black Widow and Iron Man to try and locate Loki- who has Hawkeye possessed and in his employ now.  Bruce Banner is located to help track the energy waves that can find Loki and with assurance that he won't Hulk out.  Loki is found, captured but not without Thor's intervention who want's Loki taken back to Asgard.

Loki is imprisoned and ever the master of mischief gets under our heroes skin quick and in the process chaos erupts and he escapes.  The Avengers must now band together and stop Loki and his army.  If it's true that Whedon's strong point is characterization, then he triumphs here.  Every character is suited and plays just as they should.  Tony Stark is still, if not moreso a jerk, Captain America is the boy scout with super powers ready to lay down his life, Thor is haughty and Nick Fury is certainly an authority without giving anything away and it's when his secrets spill out in a key scene where each of the Avengers start emptying each others closets of skeletons and dirty laundry.  This is a great scene and it showed my favorite scene with my favorite big screen version of Bruce Banner, here played by Mark Ruffalo who admits to how low he got in his struggle with the Hulk, not to mention in another moment, plays Bruce Banner as that guy who will let you snap you're fingers in his face all day and insist that you are not bothering him when in fact you are.  When the man Hulks out, watch it.

A nice touch is that supporting characters get mentioned from other movies too.  Pepper Potts gets a cameo, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill (played by Cobie Smulders too) is shown throughout the film as Nick Fury's aide and even Natalie Portman's character from Thor gets at least a mention.  It does show some continuity thats nice to see and acknowledge rather then let things hang.

Even better, none of our heroes get shortchanged.  Minor or less powered characters like Black Widow and Hawkeye get into the fight as much as the more flasier characters like Hulk and Iron Man.  If you like Captain America, or you like Nick Fury or you like Black Widow, everyone gets a deal, everyone gets a scene and better yet, characters get to act in they're strengths.  When the Helicarrier gets damaged, Iron Man has to fix the engines.  When the battle begins in New York, Captain America, the man who served in WWII gets to lead.  Bruce Banner isn't even WANTED as Hulk but needed as Bruce Banner to monitor gamma waves and locate the bad guys.  No one is just dropped in to "do stuff".  The Avengers could have so easily flopped on it's face and in less competent hands but I'll concede that Joss Whedon does succeed here.  You want Avengers, you get Avengers.  You want superhero action that you can follow, trace and enjoy?  You got it.  You want you're big super hero movie for the summer that you were waiting 4 years for?

You got it.
Excelsior!! Excelsior!! Excelsior!! Excelsior!!

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May 09, 2012
Great write up, I loved this movie
May 06, 2012
wow I could really tell that you got into this too!
May 06, 2012
Expecting to find it a failure or be annoyed by Joss Whedon's built in fan base (for reasons beyond Buffy I won't figure out) I am glad that this ended up as good as it was. Dark Knight Rises will have a hard time topping The Dark Knight, let alone this movie.
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The Avengers is the title planned for an American superhero film yet to be produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It was announced in April 2005 and is to be based upon the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The film is intended to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which crosses over several Marvel superhero films including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo are under contract to star, with Joss Whedon attached to direct a script written by Zak Penn and himself. The Avengers has an announced release date of May 4, 2012 in 3-D
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Director: Joss Whedon
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: May 4 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Joss Whedon
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Marvel Studios
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