Review: The Avengers

First… before anything else a silent film parody of arguably the scene stealer of the movie:

That in and of itself is more than worth the price of admission. That scene of watching the Hulk tossing Loki around like a ragdoll stole the movie for me. Probably my favorite scene in the whole movie, especially since the previous Hulk movies had the Hulk doing a lot of sulking and a lot of drama. Whileas in this movie, the Hulk had a little bit of that sulkiness, but in the end did a lot of “Hulk Smash!” which was what a lot of people loved about the Hulk. But I am getting ahead of myself.

What Walt Disney Pictures have accomplished that Warner Brothers have failed to do (well minus the Dark Knight series) is present a series of well thought out and well written movies. I was intrigued with the Iron Man movies but never watched them, I was also intrigued with Captain America and didn’t watch that. Then there was Thor… a series I did actually follow in comic form, but to no avail. Then I heard so much buzz about The Avengers that I was curious enough to actually watch it, provided that someone were to go with me. Well I did, and as it turned out my friend had already seen the movie several times prior and really enjoyed it. So I went to see the movie, wondering if I could watch without having seen the Iron Man, Captain America or Thor? Well as it would turn out, I can… and it was awesome!

There were equal parts comedy, suspense, adventure, action, etc…

To me this was very much an ensemble piece, everyone had a moment to shine and everyone was a smaller piece of the whole. It really was well balanced and I rather enjoyed that. For a movie full of testosterone, having someone like Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow was rather fun to watch… though I totally read her pain in the possibility of losing Clint Barton / Hawkeye as played by Jeremy Renner. Natasha had her (what I consider to be her comedic) shining moment towards the beginning of the movie, just watching her knock down all the guys without taking a break.

Speaking of Hawkeye, what the hell is it with me and guys that know archery? I mean seriously, I drooled over Legolas, and I’m drooling over Hawkeye. I am actually kind of curious of the story / background that they might create between Natasha and Clint and if by some chance they will have a movie about them. I hope so… possibly.

Since I haven’t seen any of the previous movies, my impressions of the characters thus far are based entirely on what I saw on The Avengers. For example I absolutely LOVE Robert Downey Jr and his turn as the Iron Man, I loved his rapport with Jude Law during their presentation of the Visual Effects Awards during the Oscars in 2011.

However, I was apprehensive when the first Iron Man movie came out despite the good reviews, and was just as apprehensive when the second movie came out… but when I watched The Avengers I just started drooling. He was funny, and witty and absolutely delicious. So now I know what I’m going to be catching up with this summer.

Captain America was too much of a high strung boy scout, but when balanced with Tony Stark’s disposition the chemistry works really really well. However, I just can’t see how a Captain America movie would pique any interest for me… I mean the total boy scout mode bores the hell out of me. That’s probably why I loved Tony Stark’s needling into him so much, sounds like something I would do, why would? Hell I DO do that, quite regularly.

What I considered to be the “heart” of the movie came in the form of Phil Coulson a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was a huge fan of Captain America. As much as he annoyed me towards the first half of the film, I found myself growing attached to him to the point that seeing him go actually made me cry… what the hell. Granted it was the “push” that the superheroes needed to band together and save the world as it was.

Of course then there was The Incredible Hulk, both of his movies in 2003 and 2008 did well in the box office but received mostly mixed reviews. He was a bit sulky and no where need the comedic fun that most people associate The Hulk with. However, if the clip of The Hulk swinging Loki around like a ragdoll was any indication, as long as there is that fun aspect of The Hulk in the movie, I think the audience and critics would love The Hulk even more. I know I did.

The rumored movie run seems to be as follows:
– Iron Man 3 (2013): In Production
– Thor 2 (2013): In Development
– Captain America 2 (2014): In Development
– The Avengers 2: Officially Announced
The Incredible Hulk 2 (2015): Speculated
– The Black Widow: Speculated
– The Avengers 3 and Captain America 3: Chris Evans mentioned that he is contracted for six films which fueled speculation of trilogies for Captain America and The Avengers

As long as the movies continue to be as strong as they have been I may actually find myself drawn into The Avengers universe and wonder when Warner Brothers/DC Comics is going to create a well-written The Justice League movie… here’s hoping.

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