There once came a time when heroes were needed to stop a force, no one could fight…
…And those heroes are known as The Avengers. It is May 4th, 2012 and aside from being the unofficial “Star Wars Day”, it for at least this year be known as Avengers Day, because after 5 years of a set up with solo movies, Marvel studio took the biggest names they had the rights too (damn you Sony and Fox), and put together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk together in …wait for it… ONE MOVIE! It still feels very unreal and unbelievable to me, because I remember back in ’00 when the first X-Men film came out and just how mind shattering it was to see a team of superheroes on the screen. For the first time ever we saw the likes of Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Jean Grey, and Prof. X all on the screen at the same time doing battle. That felt like it was impressive.
Avengers are IMPRESSIVE!
Its one thing to cast a team and put them on the screen, it is a whole other thing to do what Marvel Studios did and establish a cinematic universe. DC for ages could of done this with Batman and Superman and… well, it’s not like they make movies for anyone else but those two, but they never did. Marvel for a long time dealt out their characters to other studios, only to see the likes of Fox and Sony bring in the big bucks on X-Men and Spider-Man, while Marvel was left in the dark. So when producer extraordinar Kevin Feige realized what untapped potential he had waiting in his company, he righted that wrong and maybe changed the superhero genre in films forever.
In 2008 we saw Iron Man blast on to the screen with the rock star personality of Robert Downey Jr. A few months later, Ed Norton help find his inner green rage and brought a newly looking CGI version of Hulk back to the screen. From the moment you heard AD/DC sound off in Iron Man it was off to the races for Marvel, as RDJ brought credibility and star power to a once unknown character to the mass public. From there we saw Iron Man get a sequel, we saw a newcomer named Chris Hemsworth become the god of thunder, in Thor and saw the formerly fantastic Chris Evans, brand the red, white, and blue in Captain America. Through those films, we were also steadily introduced to characters like Black Widow (Iron Man 2), Hawkeye (Thor), Agent Culson, Nick Fury and the organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D.
So five years of planning, five years of hard work and casting these roles, just to put them all together in one of the biggest superhero teams up of all time…so how did it do?
Well that was a lot of exposition for a film review, but I deemed it necessary, for you to realize I’m a comic book geek. So while maybe I shouldn’t, I take things like this really seriously and overly personal. So I HAD to be there at midnight (thanks to a lovely and amazing girlfriend) to see this all come together, because like any comic geek, as much as you are hoping for the best…you secretly are awaiting the worse.
I’ll try to make this as spoiler free…but I can’t make any guarantees. So if I feel like I’m going into a spoiler heavy zone, ill warn you. The plot is this simple, Loki has made a deal with other worldly creatures to help rule earth. He needs the Cosmic Cube (previously seen in Captain America) to open a portal to let those creatures into our planet and start a war of wars. Fury not wanting this to happen, dusts off the Avengers Initiative he talked oh so highly about and brings together the likes of Iron Man, Thor, Cap, Bruce Banner, Black Widow and Hawkeye to combat this terrorism. There it is…your plot. So how does it all go down?
…actually pretty amazingly. Which is in no part thanks to its director, Joss Whedon. Who is a comic god to nerds, but now just a plain god for making this film work without it seemingly like a clusterfuck of a mess. He gives everyone their own time, works characterization into the plot, and gives us action and real action, not that mindless Michael Bay blow-it-up-until-its-dead type of action. We have conflict. We have resolution. We have … STORY!
Everyone knows what type of film this is and they are all come ready to go, we get hints to how things have progressed from the last time we saw these characters. Pepper Potts and Tony Start are living comfortably together as a couple in love, Cap is still cold to this new world he woke up in, Thor is sent by Odin to Earth to repair the damage Loki is causing, and Bruce Banner is still on the run until SHIELD brings him back into the fold. One aspect of the film that I was looking forward to was conflict and confrontation and we get a load of it. From Tony/Cap to Thor/Tony to Thor/Hulk to Banner/Widow…we see that these people for all purposes shouldn’t be in the same room, but are and make it work. Once the third act begins and we get some real team action going…the movie hits a new gear and doesn’t stop till the credits. We get great fights, big explosions, aliens, heros, smashing, lighting, shields, arrows, bullets and repulsor rays. Its everything you wanted form an Avengers movie in spades.
So in conclusion…
I give it a TEN out of a TEN, on the scale of film merit and overall quality.
But I also give it a giants HULK SMASH!!!! out of TEN, on the scale of how amazing the whole film is overall.
Oh and stay for the post credits because…well…
…STOP READING RIGHT NOW IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED…
STOP READING! LAST WARNING!