Those who have been watching movies over the last few years may have noticed something odd. There are quite a lot of superheroes, aren’t there? For just the last few years? I mean, Hulk and Iron Man in 2008, Iron Man 2 in 2010, Thor and Captain America in 2011, and yet another Iron Man set for 2013. It makes no sense, until you realize that all the above superheroes were part of the Marvel Comic series, The Avengers.
The big movie, starring all four superheroes above– plus Nighthawk and the Black Widow– comes out on May 4th. Despite not knowing anything about the original comics, I already have my ticket. However, I am also a huge nerd that is going to love almost anything that involves Tony Stark and Steve Rogers squabbling while they try to save the world. Should you waste your money on this movie?
Well, most reviewers agree that Captain America had been good, but not great. Opinions on Thor have been mixed, with some calling it the quintessential superhero movie and others complaining they had been bored out of their skull watching it. Reviews for the Hulk have been even worse. Will the movie be yet another mediocre summer blockbuster? Or will the movie follow in the veins of the far more entertaining and higher-rating Iron Man?
In fact, going by the commercials, Avengers could be renamed “Tony Stark Says Something Witty and then People Fight.” (Though, to be fair, that could be the commercial for a lot of superhero movies.) This could be for many reasons. Maybe Iron Man made more money so Marvel wants him to have more screen time. Maybe Tony is just naturally that charismatic and whoever makes the commercials is a huge fan. But the most likely reason why Tony is so snarky is because Avengers is being directed by the master of snark himself, Joss Whedon.
He seems to have done a good job, judging by the reviews. Avengers opened internationally on April 22nd, and the rating on RottenTomato is an unheard-of 96%, with reviewer Todd McCarthy of the Hollywood Reporter saying, “Whedon pulls off a stunning feat in bringing balance to this superhuman circus, engineered to charm the geek core and non-fans alike.”
So, should you see it? Yes. Yes you should. In fact, go buy your tickets now, because they’re selling out, fast!
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