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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Today is a special day; it’s the last of the three part superhero marathon. To finish up we’re going to discuss the upcoming Avengers movie. We’ll also be talking about some members of the Avengers that didn’t get their own section, either because they aren’t getting a solo movie or because their solo movie is already released.
Many heroes have joined the Avengers over the years, but the original members were Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, The Wasp and Ant-Man. However, the timeline was rewritten to make Captain America a founding member in place of Hulk. The Avengers were formed when Thor’s adopted brother Loki accidentally gets all five heroes in the same place at the same time.
Iron Man is the story of a rich man who decided to become a superhero. The concept for Iron Man was to create a character that nobody would like and make them like him. To achieve this, they made him everything that was hated at the time. The Cold War was happening so they made him a rich weapons manufacturer, in a time where everyone was poor and sick of war.
The recent Iron Man movies have been a complete success and characters from the films will be appearing in the Avengers movie. Iron Man, Natasha Romanoff and Phil Coulson will all be returning, but War Machine will not.
The Hulk was an incredibly bad movie in 2003, but in 2008 they went back and did it again, with better results. Rumours of a sequel start spreading around, but they were delayed because of the Avengers movie. The Hulk will not only be in the Avengers movie, he may also have a few sequels after it. There is a downside to this uplifting story of a green man, he has been recast. Edward Norton played Bruce Banner in the 2008 film, but he will not be returning, the following statement was released;
‘Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members,’ said marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige in a statement. ‘The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert, Chris H., Chris E., Sam, Scarlett, and all of our talented cast. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfils these requirements and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks.’
They went with Mark Ruffalo.
Hawkeye is also set to be in the Avengers movie. He will be played by Jeremy Renner. Renner has announced that the costume will not be the one from the comics, it will be something more ‘reality based’. Here’s what I think of that.
Hawkeye started out as a villain, but then joined the Avengers as their ass kicking, arrow slinging companion. Like most of the heroes in the upcoming film, he does not have superpowers. However, he is a great archer and has several ‘trick arrows’, a lot like DC’s Green Arrow, who was created over 20 years before Hawkeye.
Samuel L. Jackson will be returning as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury, and he won’t be working alone. Cobie Smulders will be portraying agent Maria Hill. Cobie was one of the front runners to play Wonder Woman, but unfortunately the movie, which would have been directed by Joss Whedon, never got made.
Whedon will be directing the Avengers movie, which is set to hit cinemas on the 4th of May 2012. Whedon is a great director, who really cares about the characters in the movie, so it is in good hands. The Avengers looks like it’s going to be an amazing cinematic event, lucky we don’t need to wait too long to get a taste of the action as Captain America and Thor are both being released this year.
This may be the last part of my superhero marathon, but still check back tomorrow for another post. Leave a comment and vote below or you’re supporting the destruction of lids on coffee cups.