Iron Man will return to the silver screen on May 25th marking the beginning of phase two in the Marvel cinematic universe, but is Iron Man 3 the best choice to start us off on the path to the Avengers 2?
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 I saw a list of the top 100 superheroes. I didn’t look at which one was number, because I actually want to go down the list and see them all. While I probably won’t know some of them, I’m still curious to see were my favourite heroes placed on the list. I then start thinking about making my own list. I remember how long my 100 things about me post took so I’m not going to do 100. Instead I’m going to stick with five, but I’m also going to include my top five villains. I’m already debating on the order so I’m just going to leave the order random.
Anyway, let’s start with the heroes.
Superman; I know it sounds boring, but I’ve always been a fan. The first comic I read was actually a Superman comic so I guess that has a lot to do with it. Some people say he’s too powerful, but I don’t see the problem with that I don’t want to back a weak superhero, besides Krytonite seems to be readily available in the DC universe, plus he’s affected by magic.
The Flash; I just really like the character. I have for years. I remember my friend even recorded the movie for me when we were kids. What’s cooler than being the faster man in the world? Nothing, that’s what.
Nightcrawler; It all started in 2003 when the second X-Men movie came out. He was one of the new characters and I just thought he was really cool. Ever since he’s just been one of my favourite superheroes. His powers and the flaws in his powers are just so well thought out. Then again, after seeing The Fly, the remake not the original, I don’t think I’m ever going to want to teleport (no one ends up with a fly head in that version, for people who have never seen it).
Batman; You’ve got to love a spoiled rich kid that uses his money to fight crime. Big fan of gadgets, pure and simple. I think Batman is one of those heroes that everyone knows about whether they want to or not. Who doesn’t know his back story?
Iron Man; I generally prefer my superheroes with superpowers, but, to avoid sounding prejudice to non-powered heroes, I’ve included another. Also, the 2008 Iron Man film was great and I’m looking forward to seeing him in the upcoming Avengers movie.
Now on to the villains
Dark Phoenix; I was actually going to put Phoenix in the hero section, but I realised I like her better as a villain. She wasn’t done justice in the third X-Men movie, but it wasn’t completely horrible. Her storyline is a pretty interesting part of the X-Men comic and animated series’.
Black Cat; Forget Batman, Black Cat is the real anti-hero of the comic world. Her philosophy is that she is the Black Cat and Felicia Hardy is just a character she plays.
Juggernaut; I just always remember him from the cartoon when I was a kid. He just stuck with me so he made the list. He too was not done justice in X-Men 3.
Venom; Definitely deserves to be on anyone’s list of favourite villains. It’s kind of like Dark Phoenix when I think about it. The idea that an external force can just sort of takeover, or at least influence you, is really interesting. Also, both he and Phoenix have infected more than one person.
Doomsday; Though I was let down my how Smallville ended Doomsday’s storyline, the character was done very well. However, the comic book version is very different, for one thing there is no Davis Bloome. I do think that adding the human side worked for the show, but either way the villain that killed Superman should be on everyone’s favourite super villains list.
Do you agree/disagree? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.
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.
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.
As you may already know, today will focus on another one of the heroes that will unite in The Avengers movie. Yesterday it was Thor and today is Captain America, which comes out on the 22nd of July. A while back I wrote about Captain America, in that post I explored his history in detail and made fun of his adorable boots, by comparing them to the boots of Dora the explorer’s monkey sidekick. Rather than repeat myself I’ll just link you back to that post, so if you want to read that click the link.
The movie shows Steve Rogers, a potential soldier who is deemed physically unfit to fight in World War II. He then volunteers to be part of a science experiment known as Project: Rebirth. The experiment turns him into a super soldier and with the help of his sidekick Bucky, Steve, nicknamed Captain America, fights Red Skull and the other forces of Hitler.
An interesting point of the story is the relationship between Steve and Bucky. Both orphans, they are like brothers to each other. Once Steve becomes Captain America, a rift forms in their relationship as Steve suddenly becomes a leader. The comic story is different, as Bucky is much younger than Steve this jealous does not develop. Ironically, despite the title of the film, Captain America was not one of the founding members of the Avengers. The founding members were; The Hulk, Thor, Wasp, Ant-Man and Iron Man.
Until very recently, no footage had been released. However, 3 million dollars were paid to have a short trailer air during the Super Bowl. The movie is said to be like Iron Man, but also have some dark elements to it. Watch the trailer and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to leave a comment and vote below, if you don’t vote then the forces of darkness, that live inside the minds of the elderly, will try to destroy the very town that you live in.