Escape to the Movies: Avengers

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So, I've been looking forward to this movie for a long time. A long ass time.
But I have a major exam next wednesday, one that I had to spend 1k dollars on (between the exam fee and lost from unpaid time off work).
I know from my past (LOTR) that if I don't see this movie, I'll be anxious about it, but if I do see it, I'll obsess about it for weeks and bomb this exam so damn bad.

But at the same time, I'm anxious for avoiding all spoilers (it'll be difficult >.>), so I'm wondering if anything that would diminish any surprise or event of the movie not in the trailers are in this review that would cause me to declare a blood feud against bob?

To quote the bard for my take on the Avengers: "It is a tale...full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

I liked it fine, but it just goes to show that all the set pieces, big names, good CGI and fight scenes in the world wont make up for a lack of a memorable story or message. I'm not asking for a morality play here, but after the 'wow they remembered that that thing happened in the comics or previous movies' I do want something more to think about once the movie's over than 'big guy boom badow'.

Star Wars: A New Hope, this is not.

omegawyrm:

maninahat:
I have to admit that I'm kind of disappointed that this film is turning out to be good, at least according to the concensus. I was hoping for a mediocre, anti-climactic movie, just to see how furious Bob would have gotten. Guess I'll just have to watch a good super hero movie instead. Win win.

Wow. How... pointlessly dickish of you.

Perhaps the point is not to get too worked up over something as trivial as a comic book movie. Or to not get on your fans nerves with constant references to said comic book movie.

Or maybe the point is that schadenfreude is fun.

Only thing I find quite boring is Loki he's not most awesome/scary/evil villain I could think of but still very interesting project witch has been timed quite good. With timing I mean not in the same time as some other superhero movie marathon..... To many movies about superheroes is kinda boring but these Iron man/Thor/Hulk is a good combo and great style.
Me like.

Now when is black widow/hawk eye movie/s comming ;) (and avengers 2 since this one seems to be a decent success....) :)

Was really expecting a bit of a meh and boy was I surprised.......... so when's that Union Jack film coming? never even read the comics just think the costume is awesome.

For those who stayed for the mid-credits scene and weren't sure what the big deal was I highly recommend heading over to comicvine.com to watch this video: http://www.comicvine.com/3-minute-expert-thanos/112-958/

Lucane:

Agent Larkin:
I wish my cut of the film had the "Joke" in the stinger but oh well.

I could tell what basically happens if you like if you don't think you'll be able to actually see the scene for a while unless you have already.

I appreciate the offer but I have since found out what it was even though I haven't seen it and won't for a while yet.

I want my Deadpool movie!

Saw it at midnight. Place was crowded. I loved the movie. Great fight scenes, great character introduction and interaction, and surprisingly good bad guy. I need to see Thor now. He's a super hottie!

I'm glad this has turned out good, for Bob's sake at least, I wonder what he would've done had this turned into utter garbage, having look forward to this nearly his whole life.

We all knew this movie would rock. I did, anyway. I could just feel it.

Hey Bob. Spoiler Alert please? I stopped the video half way through when you start telling us what happens in the story.

I bet Whedon is now calling Fox and leaving 5 minute bursts of laughter on their answering service every hour.

I was actually hoping to see The Skrulls as the big bad invaders, did not know Fox owned the rights to them, still, the ones they did use were sufficiently cool looking.

This movie actually did get one thing wrong; It should have been longer. 2 1/2 hours was far too short. If they had 3 or 3 1/2, then it might not have felt rushed early on. Can't wait for the bonus features when it gets its home release later.

The iMAX print released in Hong Kong (26/4/2012) doesn't have the after credits scene, only mid-credits one :(

I was extremely happy that the movie did not introduce each and every hero in more depth and went straight into more interesting stuff - introduction is what the previous movies were for.

If marvel did a doctor strange movie the right way I would eternally love them.

artanis_neravar:

ZZoMBiE13:
"Let's keep these things coming"

Agreed. I would so love to see a movie about Hank Pym. He's one of the most interesting Marvel characters in my mind.

Mostly though, it's time for Marvel to start taking back some of the wayward children. It's time to bring the Fantastic Four and the X-men back under the wing of the parent company. Now that they have this whole movie making thing down, it's time to stop letting Fox fuck around and half ass them. And for the love of God, stop letting Sony shit on Spiderman!!!

Despite what they may claim First Class has to be a reboot of X-men and that was a damn good movie

Dr Snakeman:

Frostbite3789:
I loved the mid credits scene. Thanks to you I got the double meaning.

Wait, I don't get it. I mean, I get that

Yep the guy was actually

Yeah, First Class was good. But seriously, how long did it take them to get to that one good X-men movie. The original 2 seemed OK in a world before the Iron Man movie was a thing, but looking back on them today they don't hold up. At least not in my opinion. The titles said X-men, but what it came down to was 4 Wolverine movies.

By my count Fox is what, six-to-one against on Superhero movies? If I'm wrong then I apologize but there were four X-men movies ranging from "OK" to "Horrible" and 2 God awful Fantastic Four movies (that's Fox too, right?) before First Class came along. I enjoyed First Class, but it's the anomaly not the rule as far as I'm concerned. I'd love nothing more than to see the rights revert back to Marvel now that they have this whole movie thing down to a science.

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The movie is amazing, but I miss Ant Man. I mean, in the originals, the Wasp was the one who came up with the name for the Avengers. Also missing: Rick Jones trying to become Cap's new sidekick.

I guess I'm the only one who does not care... well so be it.

Battle Catman:

Frostbite3789:
I loved the mid credits scene. Thanks to you I got the double meaning.

That was one of the lines that made me laugh--when Cap gets the "flying monkeys" reference.

Hey, I just realized something...

Holy balls, you're right! This moview was everything I hoped it would be & more! Snappy dialogue, big action, totally cool characters, THE must-see flick of the summer! And we're just getting started.

TwistedEllipses:
I had half-expected Moviebob to gush about this film, afterall it's stuffed full of stuff just for the fans of the comics. Don't get me wrong, it's a solid 7/10 film with superb moments (favourites involve Phil, Loki, infighting and all Iron man and Thor quips), but it has flaws.

As Moviebob said the story is secondary and slim. The opening leaves you feeling you've missed a film and is taken a little too seriously for all the silliness involves. Loki's CGI army has no backstory, a stupid forgettable name, and just show-up as faceless goons to fight. How they're dealt with is a plot contrivance followed by a magical killswitch that left me with the impression they had forgotten the army weren't robots.

Also, the extended action scenes get a bit physically exhausting after a while, but that may just be watching it in 3D.

The worst scene was Loki making people bow before him (kneel before Zod, etc) and one old man with a stereotypical Jewish accent disobeys him. Captain American then shows up and compares Loki to...well if you can't guess where this is going already, here's a clue: the scene is set in germany. -_-

It's testament to how good the film is that the main storyline could be so bad, but not detract that much...

EDIT: Did anyone ever say 'Hawkeye'. I heard a 'Hawk' and his regular name, but it seemed like it assumed you knew already...

For me, the lacklustre story was more frustrating. Half way through the movie I was already wishing it would end. "Snappy dialogue, big action, totally cool characters" (Darth_Payn) get old fast for me. Also, I get sleepy riding rollercoasters.

Thank you for no spoilers Bob!
I'm seeing this tomorrow :D

TwistedEllipses:
I had half-expected Moviebob to gush about this film, afterall it's stuffed full of stuff just for the fans of the comics. Don't get me wrong, it's a solid 7/10 film with superb moments (favourites involve Phil, Loki, infighting and all Iron man and Thor quips), but it has flaws.

As Moviebob said the story is secondary and slim. The opening leaves you feeling you've missed a film and is taken a little too seriously for all the silliness involves. Loki's CGI army has no backstory, a stupid forgettable name, and just show-up as faceless goons to fight. How they're dealt with is a plot contrivance followed by a magical killswitch that left me with the impression they had forgotten the army weren't robots.

Also, the extended action scenes get a bit physically exhausting after a while, but that may just be watching it in 3D.

The worst scene was Loki making people bow before him (kneel before Zod, etc) and one old man with a stereotypical Jewish accent disobeys him. Captain American then shows up and compares Loki to...well if you can't guess where this is going already, here's a clue: the scene is set in germany. -_-

It's testament to how good the film is that the main storyline could be so bad, but not detract that much...

EDIT: Did anyone ever say 'Hawkeye'. I heard a 'Hawk' and his regular name, but it seemed like it assumed you knew already...

First in answer to your Q, I'm pretty sure Black Widow explicitly called him Hawkeye during the last battle scene.

As the Germany scene, I actually just thought the guy had a (less thick) German accent, not a stereotypical Jewish one.

I will agree that scene's probably the weakest in the entire film, but I forgive it simply because it was, to me, an awesome Cap moment.
Sure, for US it's a 'Godwin' moment.
For Cap, Hitler was alive last month, this was kind of him getting his first realization that no matter how much times have changed, some of the same old threats still loom.

Eamar:
Just came back from seeing it for the second time (I'm from the UK) and I loved it every bit as much as the first time round. Pure, unbridled joy, and I cannot wait for Thor 2 next year XD

And Iron Man 3 ;)

EDIT:

This CANNOT be coincidence! :|

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No way was Wheldon this much of a genius? Surely?

You mean I sat through the entire credits and what did I get. Them misspelling Namco while the US gets an extra scene. Guess Marvel gets more of my money

teknoarcanist:
There was a BEAUTIFUL fly-through during that big climax where you see Black Widow fly by on a stolen alien motorcycle plane, who passes Ironman engaging in a mid-air duel, who flies past Hawkeye holding his ground on a rooftop, who turns and shoots an arrow past Thor and The Hulk on the back of a giant robot snake, which crashes into the ground near (iirc) where Captain America is tanking it out with some dudes on the ground, all in one straight cut.

To all of you who haven't seen it: I want you to read this sentence a few times. If this doesn't make you want to go out and see The Avengers right the hell now, then I'm sorry, but you have a terminal case of hating fun.

I just saw it.

My mind is still being blown.

Also, bob is right, this will win hulk a lot of fans. One scene in particular had the entire theater roaring with laughter, and is probably the best scene in the movie. XD

Also...THERE WAS A SECOND AFTER CREDITS SCENE?! FFFFFFFFF-

Merrick_HLC:
I will agree that scene's probably the weakest in the entire film, but I forgive it simply because it was, to me, an awesome Cap moment.

Followed by an awesome iron man moment. XD

I'm sorry Bob, but I don't think Marvel is going to be making a Namor movie any time soon. Not only is he usually a Fantastic Four Villain, but wasn't he recently revealed to be an X-men style mutant? Unfortunately, Fox still owns the rights to both the Fantastic Four and the X-men.

arc1991:
[quote="Eamar" post="6.373869.14473100"]
No way was Wheldon this much of a genius? Surely?

The Justice Friends were supposed to be a parody of the Avengers. Iron Man's counterpart wasn't dexter though, it was Living Bullet.

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, but some of the one-liners were a bit... much.

Man, I just realized how badass a movie series about all the NYC super heroes taking down the Kingpin/organized crime would be, then I realized that because of the pre-Disney days of Marvel movies, that ain't happening for a long time.

Agent Coulson: Huh, so that's what it does....

Freaking fantastic movie The Avengers was. So many good scenes. One of my favorites being:

It's a shame how Marvel fucked over the creators of the original creators of the characters from the Avengers which makes it hard for me to really enjoy this movie.

Chaos Marine:
It's a shame how Marvel fucked over the creators of the original creators of the characters from the Avengers which makes it hard for me to really enjoy this movie.

Co-creators I assume you mean.
Stan Lee is in all the movies so I doubt he feels 'fucked over' and the only character in Avengers he didn't have a hand in creating is Captain America.

Really, and I say this as an at least wannabe writer who is sympathetic to creator's by nature.... I think there's a lot of overstatement of how 'evil marvel' was to creators back in the day.

No one around had any real idea these things would continue on for ages or be having huge blockbusters in 50 years.

Comics were seen as cyclical no one would care about superheroes in another 10 years.
So better a continued check as a writer than permanent royalties for something that wouldn't be worth anything in 20 years.

It's unfortunate that this ended up with guys making far less money in the long run, but it's not like Marvel or DC we're forcing them to give up the rights, they could have gone to some of the many other publishers who did exist at the time and kept the characters they created, though it's unknowable if we'd remember these characters if they had.

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