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We’re moving into a world where all of the superhero movies don’t suck anymore. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen quite the evolution of these films into something that stands as more than simply tolerable.
When they started setting up The Avengers, a huge slew of movies hit us in the face so hard, we didn’t know what to do. It seemed that they released in a constant drip. We got Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America. Some of those were better than others. At the end of each of those, they set up what seemed to be an epic endeavor. It kinda was.
First, what struck me instantly was the characterization of each of the heroes through their dialogue. Each of them presented themselves very differently, creating a neat web of personalities that foiled each other in an almost miraculous fashion. Although, I’m not entirely sure, other than to maintain canonical accordance, why Black Widdow was in the movie at all. The female spy, played by Scarlett Johansson, felt completely expendable in the grand scheme of the other characters. We have an armored genius, a super soldier, a raging behemoth, and a deadshot marksman. Why do we need to keep the cartwheel showoff?
The action kept me beyond the realm of “interested.” I was enthralled in what was happening. While there was no serious tension, there was spectacle. It seemed as though there was a conscious trade at one point between the two. I think it’s safe to say that we know which characters are allowed to die. Knowing this steals tension merely because we know that they will be okay. The real secret of the action, however, is the sheer sight of it. I sat in my seat with a fine glaze brushed over my eyes as I felt the need to close my mouth because I dribbled.
We’re on our third Hulk in the past ten years. Mark Ruffalo has been signed on for six Hulk movies, The Avengers being the first. Prior to this, I wasn’t aware that I am a Mark Ruffalo fan. As of late, it’s been brought to my attention.
I am, however, not a fan of Joss Whedon. I’ve never really enjoyed the things he’s been a part of. (I mean, except for Toy Story, but what am I, inhuman?) But I’m impressed. He wrote and presented quite the story. Being able to juggle that many characters in that little time as effectively as he did is talent.
The term “popcorn movie” has been thrown around when I talk about giant summer blockbusters. It’s a good term to describe movies that simply sell for spectacle. This, admirably, goes beyond that and actually tells a story worth watching. Also, I finished nearly a full bucket and a large soda.
“Ya see that? That’s the way to do it. That’s old school. “