By now I am sure you have heard that Joss Wheedon has managed to deliver an ensemble superhero that doesn’t suck. That he performed a miracle by containing all the character and ego in one film. You have heard that The Avengers is the bee’s knees.
I am here to tell you it totally is.
And for the average movie goer, it will become one of their favorites. And rightly so. Even without the characters you would still have a great movie with action, drama and tons of humor. The Avengers is not just a great superhero movie. It is one of the best, most entertaining movie I have seen at this scale.
But how does it play out for a Marvel Zombie? It almost hits it out of the park on that level as well. The overall tone of the film, the threat of the villains, is epic. And that is how the Avengers story lines always played out. Sure Captain America and Iron Man has bad guys in their respective books, but as Avengers, they were always taking on galactic level threats. The film gets that.
And seeing these guys fight side by side, just like I used to imagine when I read the comics…but no longer limited to a great couple panels, is a dream come true. And the Hulk is by far the star of this film. This is the best on screen Hulk we have ever had. He shines…and smashes.
It was also great to see Captain America take the leadership role he was destined to have.
If I had to get nit picky ( as fanboys are want to do), it would be regarding the alien race that Loki uses. Due to legal bullshit, Marvel cannot use their own Skrulls….a very popular Avengers enemy. They are replaced with generic aliens ( that at least resemble the Skrulls). The end credit tease, however, more than makes up for it, and tells me that they REALLY wanted to use Skrulls. But that is minor.
And the geek in me would have liked for Captain America to have let loose with the ‘AVENGERS ASSEMBLE” battle cry.
And let’s talk about the end credit teaser ( there are two this go around…stay until the VERY end). I wish I could tell you who they are setting up. But you have to see. If you are a Marvel zombie, you will squeal like a girl. Marvel has really thrown down the GAUNTLET for the next film. It is clear they are not worried about confusing people with epic, big stories. They are doing it. Stories that I read years ago and said “man this would make a great movie”.
I love living in the Marvel Age of Movies.
Ok, if you REALLY want to know, and didnt pick up on that REALLY obvious hint, you can click below. Or stay spoiler free until you see it.