Sound Off: Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers' - So What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
May 4, 2012
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? It's here. The day you've been waiting for. At least since Marvel first brought us Iron Man in 2008. The ultimate Marvel Comics team-up bringing together actors and CG superheroes on the big screen. Marvel Studios has finally brought us The Avengers, directed by fan-favorite Joss Whedon, including in the line-up: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Nick Fury and, of course, the Hulk. So how is it? Did they pull off the epic movie you were hoping for? Favorite moments? Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your thoughts on The Avengers!
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To fuel the fire, I've seen Marvel's The Avengers twice, and it still kicks serious ass. It is such a huge relief that it actually delivers to begin with, but it goes beyond that, and kicks ass on so many levels. Joss Whedon does the absolute best job he can balancing the ensemble of characters, giving each of them time to play and fight with each other and so on. That forest fight early on was incredible. That entire final battle at the end was awesome, pure summer blockbuster entertainment to watch, especially with an audience, as they're cheering every 10 minutes when something crazy happens. Like - Hulk! One of the best parts of this movie is the Hulk, they finally handled him correctly, he is so badass, and kicks everyone's ass - including even Loki!
While I enjoyed it overall and will probably go see it a few more times in theaters, I had a few issues with the pacing and dense structure. One example is Hulk, how they constantly built up how he can't control the green guy, yet all of a sudden without explanation he's able to control himself, for the most part, and join the final battle - right on time. There's also a few more of those "well that was coincidentally written off" kind of moments that play almost too easily, but Whedon has so many other elements to balance, and most of those deliver, it almost doesn't matter. Plus, I had a blast watching this anyway, every character gets their time to shine. I totally love that continuous shot between all of them near the end - epic! To say the least.
What did you think of The Avengers? Best superhero movie yet, or an ensemble action mess? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized. Avengers tribute artwork used in the teaser image above made by ~hobo95 on deviantArt. Good work!