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Avengers Assemble!

Thoughts on Marvel’s The Avengers

There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, so when we needed them, they could fight the battles that we never could…

Nick Fury

Marvel’s The Avengers is setting itself to be the biggest blockbuster film of all time, thanks to an amazing ensemble cast which includes Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner, and an even more amazing screenwriter and director in Joss Whedon.

Whedon, whose credits include Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse and Astonishing X-Men, successfully combined a fast-paced story with excellent characterization, edge-of-your-seat action, jaw-dropping special effects, witty humor, and heartfelt sensitivity.

By now, millions of people all around the globe have seen the film, and millions more coming as it opens in the U.S. today. It really won’t be a wonder why it’s been getting a whole lot of good reviews. Although the film is over two hours long, it will not bore you for a single second. There are no dull moments and the action is non-stop. Really, It’s one of the few movies you’ll hate having to go on a toilet break for.

One of the roadblocks for a movie with so many main characters is usually giving each of them ample exposure for character development. The Avengers is one film that’s able to hurdle such a predicament. Each of the main characters shared an almost equal amount of screen time, without anyone seeming like a bit player, each having their fair share of memorable and funny moments.

So what did The Avengers do right, when so many other team-centered films have failed? Aside from the fact that Whedon knows and understands fully what makes this type of story work, the film could actually afford to do away with introducing the characters one by one and having to show the viewers a long history of the conflict at hand. All of the main characters have either starred in movies of their own or have appeared alongside the others before, and they’ve been preparing for this movie for years, having hinted at it since the first Iron Man movie. They had the luxury of having five full-length films to introduce everyone so this gave Whedon the opportunity to skip the pleasantries and go straight to the good parts.

And of course the movie doesn’t lack any of the things that make films like this work. The action scenes came one after another, the special effects were nothing short of breathtaking, the funny moments were hilarious without feeling forced, and the final confrontation sequence was one of the best of all time.

Here’s a list of some of the scenes and lines that make The Avengers the best superhero movie of all time (SPOILERS):

  1. Black Widow beating the hell out of her captors… while tied to a chair
  2. “Phil? His first name is Agent…” – Tony Stark
  3. Hellcarrier lifting off the ocean and turning invisible…
  4. …then Steve Rogers handing ten bucks to Nick Fury
  5. Iron Man and Thor going all out against each other with Captain America stepping in to stop them
  6. “He’s adopted” – Thor
  7. “Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” – Tony Stark
  8. Mark VII armor debut and how it’s equipped
  9. Cops repeating Captain America’s orders word for word after watching him singlehandedly fight a bunch of alien invaders
  10. Hawkeye’s awesome high-tech quiver
  11. Hulk’s cheap shot punch at Thor
  12. “Puny God!” – Hulk

There’s a whole bunch of other stuff that’s entertaining about the film so you’ll have to see it if you haven’t already. Just make sure to stay after the credits roll and have a “geek-gasm” over the surprise appearance of a villain from the biggest event in marvel comic event of the 90’s.