It’s been 10 years since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began. Over these 10 years Marvel has released 18 movies. Each one telling its own story while also contributing to an overarching narrative, while sometimes the interconnected story may have seemed forced or even created a barrier for entry for late comers, seeing all those threads finally come together is an event not to be missed.
Now that the movie is out, at least in some parts of the world, avoiding spoilers is going to be increasingly difficult. If you haven’t seen the movie, and want to remain spoiler free, then don’t read any further.
There was a mix up at Disney about whether or not there was an embargo on Avengers reviews, thankfully I avoided spoilers but all reviews have to be taken down until the 21st of April. Apologies.
Just as word began to spread of The Dark Knight Rises successfully reaching the 1 billion dollar mark, The Avengers has knocked it out of the spotlight by hitting 1.5 billion dollars.
After being re-released in American cinemas for the Labor Day weekend, The Avengers added another 620 million dollars to their domestic intake. This pushed there total profits to around 1.502 billion dollars worldwide, which means that The Avengers is now the third highest grossing movie of all time. Ahead of The Avengers are The Titanic and Avatar, both made by James Cameron. Though inflated ticket prices and the cost of 3D now mean that fewer tickets have to be sold to reach such high figures.
Will Batman be able to overtake The Avengers before he leaves cinemas or will he need to be re-released to catch up with the superhero team? Only time will tell, but he does have a lot of making up to do to knock them off the number three spot. Maybe if they had converted to 3D they’d be closer contenders, though personally I’m glad they didn’t. What do you think? Would you like to see The Dark Knight Rises come back to cinemas in a couple of months? Do you think it should have been done in 3D? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.
Finally, after years of watching Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury, recruit people for the Avengers Initiative the time has come to see the results.
The Avengers have certainly taken their time assembling, but the wait pays off in a big way. Had Marvel simply tried to make an Avengers movie without going through all of the individual ones first the end result would have been no were near this epic, but having gone along for a ride with each of the heroes it was really exciting watching them together, seeing how they interact with one another and learn to work as a team.
Ironically, at the start of the film the Avengers initiative has been cancelled, but when S.H.I.E.L.D. are faced with a new threat Fury once again tries to recruit the world’s best heroes. From here we gradually get to see each member join up and the team begins to take shape. There’s just one problem, besides the imminent doom that is, they hate each other. This hatred leads to a really interesting fight scene between Thor, Captain America and Iron Man. If you like action you won’t be disappointed as this is merely a small glimpse of what’s to come. Possibly even better than the action, or at least on equal footing, are the one-liners, which hit right on target every time. This all comes down to the incredible writing.
One of the greatest assets the movie has is Joss Whedon, who both directed and wrote the film. Whedon has proven time and time again that he is capable of writing really powerful stories, which is because he has great respect for the characters and is passionate about making them three dimensional. The cast have spoken in the past about how Whedon spent time with each of them and got their view on the character they played. It seems his efforts have paid off as each character is shown as to have many layers and motivations.
The relationship between each of the heroes is a very interesting part of the film. They’re all extremely different people, who see things in extremely different ways. They clash and Whedon described them as people who definitely ‘shouldn’t be in the same room as each other’ which is how he sees all families. They are all, in one way or another, outcasts, which helps them understand each other. Captain America is from a different time, Thor is from a different world, Hulk is a giant rage monster who can’t get close to anyone, Black Widow and Hawkeye are spies and then there’s Iron Man who kind of destroys this analogy. Maybe that’s way he’s often the catalyst in the characters feuds.
Screen time was pretty evenly distributed considering it is an ensemble cast. Though each character didn’t get exactly the same amount of time in front of the camera, it didn’t feel like anyone was cheated or unfairly rewarded. Being regular humans, with incredible skills, it was hard to believe Hawkeye and Black Widow would be able to contribute as much as the other members, but they did and, in the process, proved that they deserved to be on the team. Black Widow especially, who opened up, slightly, as a character throughout the course of the adventure. Mark Ruffalo was surprisingly good as Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, and though it would have been nice to have Edward Norton back, Ruffalo did a good job stepping into those shoes and, through the use of motion capture technology, has become the first man to play both Bruce Banner and the Hulk.
Now let’s get onto the big question. What villain is big enough to get all these heroes in one place? This time around, the heroes must join forces to defend the world against Loki, Thor’s brother. Though you may remember Thor previously managed to defeat Loki without the help of the Avengers, this time Loki isn’t alone either, he has an army. It seems fitting that Loki be the first enemy of the Avengers as it was him who accidentally caused them to join up in the comic books. Tom Hiddleston returns to the role of Loki in this film and does an excellent job. He was the bad guy and naturally you want them to destroy him, but at the same time it is really enjoyable watching him toy with them and there is a lot of that. Loki is always ten steps ahead of them and trying to figure out his plan is a fun part of the movie going experience.
If there is one negative thing to be said about the film it is that it makes other films, which once seemed exciting, appear uninteresting. It’s really spoils fans who will be in constant geek out mode having spasms every time the team are on screen together. Probably the best comic book movie there is and now fans can look forward to another round of individual films before the Avengers assemble again.
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If you saw Iron Man 2 then you already know how kick ass Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson, is in these films, but now you can see her showing off once again in a scene from the upcoming Avengers movie.
The clip shows Black Widow being pulled out of a mission, but naturally she isn’t going to be able to just walk out. Instead she has to fight and, just like in Iron Man 2, she’s pretty good at taking down multiple opponents without even looking like she’s trying very hard.
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A new trailer for Marvel’s upcoming Avengers film has been released and it finally gives fans a chance to really see the team in action.
The trailer, which can be seen below, begins with a voiceover explaining that the world is in danger and can only be saved by the Avengers. The team is assembled and, in what could be some sort of training exercise, we see the group fighting each other. At one stage, Iron Man is shown to be, seemingly, winning in a fight against Thor. I suspect this fight will then be turned around, after all Thor has already defeated the main enemy in the film, his brother Loki, plus he’s a god.
Some of the other enemies the team will be facing are also shown in the trailer and it will be interesting to see how they put their differences aside and play off each other’s strengths. One of these enemies, shown at the end of the trailer, looks like a giant flying eel. Having thought it would seem out of place to have Iron Man, who uses technology and science, in a story with mythology creatures, I was pleasantly surprised when the thought didn’t enter my head until the third viewing.
Finding a balance between all the heroes in the film is a really important, and probably extremely difficult, thing. Judging by this trailer, it seems that Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and HULK take most of the focus with Black Widow and Hawkeye just that little bit out of the spotlight, but then again maybe not. Nothing is for certain until the film is released this summer, on the 4th of May.
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Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk and Captain America walk into a bar, what do you get? One really cool looking movie.
After a long wait, fans of the upcoming Avengers film finally get a proper trailer. It’s hard not to get excited when you see all the characters, from the movies that led up to this, interacting with each other, then you see Mark Ruffalo and it’s like ‘why are you here?’.
Robert Downey Jr. is great as Tony Stark and seeing him with the other, more serious, characters is really interesting. He’s the comic relief and really does take over the trailer. There’s clearly friction between him and Captain America and also Thor and Captain America, who seem to fight each other at one stage. So basically no one likes Captain America and they should just refreeze him (joking of course).
There’s one line that Tony Stark says to Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk aka Mark Ruffalo) at the end of the trailer is brilliant, ‘Dr. Banner, your work is unparalleled and I’m a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster’. It’s nice to see that the movie is taking the genre seriously, but isn’t trying to turn it into something dark. It’s a hard balance to find and they seem to have done it well, learning from Iron Man 2.
The plot follows the team as they try to defeat Loki, Thor’s brother, who has decided to try take over Earth after failing to conquer Asgard in the Thor film. Tom Hiddleston has reprised his role as Loki. It has yet to be announced what kind of creatures are helping Loki, but he definitely isn’t working alone.
The movie will hit cinemas in May 2012 (or April 2012 if you live in France, Hong Kong or Hungary). Check out the trailer (below) and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below. Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.
Marvel’s latest pre-avengers film hit cinemas recently. Was it all just a mindless action flick or does it also have a good plot?
The movie takes place in three worlds; Asgard (Thor’s world), Jotunheim (a land populated by ice giants) and Earth (the place where you’re computer currently is). Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is banished to |Earth after he leads his friends into battle with the ice giants, thus breaking the peace. Thor lands on Earth only to be run over by scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and her research team. Knowing that she’s onto something, S.H.I.E.L.D agents confiscate Jane’s research. They also seal off the area around Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir, which you may remember from an after the credits scene of Iron Man 2. Back in Asgard Thor’s father Odin becomes sick and falls into a coma and Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) takes over, with a confusing plan that doesn’t make all that much sense.
The graphics were great, especially the weather effects. There are plenty of explosions to satisfy action fans. I liked how a large amount of time was given to show how Thor got banished, but after the movie was over I couldn’t help but think that time could have been better spent. The actors were great. Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth were excellently cast and the two have so much chemistry together. Ultimately, the audience is left dissatisfied at the end. I went with two other people and they both agreed that the end was disappointing. This disappointment was increased when I told them the news that Portman would not be appearing in The Avengers movie.
The movie differs from the original comic series. Portman’s character, Jane Foster, has been given a modernised role. In the comics she is a nurse, which made sense because Thor was trapped in the body or a doctor named Donald Blake. In the movie Thor gets to keep his own identity when he arrives on Earth. I think this decision really paid off as much of the humour comes from his lack of knowledge of Earth customs. The name Donald Blake is actually used in the movie briefly so keep an ear out.
While the ending wasn’t exactly fulfilling, the rest of the journey was exciting and full of action. Some of the plot was hard to follow; it kind of felt like it was rushed or just not thought through enough. The actors have been signed on to reprise their roles in two more Thor films, which will hopefully be made. I’m not entirely sure how the ending will fight in with the Avengers film, but if they can find a way to bring Captain America into it, despite that fact that he should be an old man in the time period the movie is based in, I’m sure they’ll fit Thor in too. Just a note, there is a scene after the credits, I missed it and if you do too you can read about it online.
What do you think? Do you like the changes they’ve made to the plot? Did you like the ending? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.