Warning: The Avengers movie spoilers below!
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1627:]]I just got out of The Avengers movie - IMAX 3D! And it was frickin' AWESOME!
We'll have a full review out some time later by Lawrence Napoli, but I wanted to jot down some of my thoughts.
First off, the movie looked GREAT in IMAX 3D; I would go so far to say it was made for it. And I don't think you would get the same experience seeing the movie in plain old 2D, so I highly recommend the 3D version.
They did show a trailer in 3D for the Amazing Spider-Man, which almost made me up-chuck my popcorn, the movement was way too fast and all over the place. I don't think I'll see that in 3D, but definitely The Avengers is fine.
Likewise, the trailer for Prometheus in 3D looked — phenomenal!
Okay, now on to the movie!
The Avengers totally blew away my expectations. Believe the hype! Even though I followed all of the news and a large amount of spoilers, the whole experience was - EPIC!
Black Widow/Scarlett Johansson has a HUGE role in the movie. That was unexpected for me.
I'm no Hawkeye fan, but Jeremy Renner was great as Clint Barton. I would definitely pay to see a Hawkeye movie, with Black Widow as well.
Samuel L. Jackson is Nick Fury. No surprise there as he makes the role. Perfect. Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill was a great supporting character to Fury, too. I thought she came off as really cold like the comics.
Agent Coulson was pretty darn good. Some funny stuff with him and Cap.
Mark Ruffalo had a pretty good showing, I'm not sure if a Hulk movie will work, but Ruffalo was a great supporting character. The movie didn't really explain why the Hulk suddenly sided with The Avengers. The Hulk kicked the crap out of them all, then got booted off the Hellicarrier. Hulk then shows up and fights the aliens. There is a cool scene with the Hulk and Thor during all that, though. I suppose Banner is more in control, but again, that wasn't really shown. Slightly alluded to, I suppose, and not a big deal, I guess.
Chris Hemsworth as Thor was right on the money. Just what I expected. He's got some bad arse scenes.
I wasn't a huge fan of the Captain America movie, and I guess I'm not a huge fan of Chris Evans as Cap as well. He just doesn't do it for me. I think I recall at one time they said they were going to use Captain America to connect with the movie audience. Thankfully, they didn't go that route. Cap seemed more out of his element throughout the entire movie until the end. Almost seemed as if Tony Stark threw Cap a bone and said, "Okay, Cap. Tell us what to do." But didn't really need Cap to tell them. More of a nod because he's "Captain America."
Robert Downey Jr. was hands down the best of the bunch. Again, not a surprise. I thought somewhere it was said we would see a few different armors. I counted only two. And Whedon said he didn't like the Mach VI triangle armor, but it's basically used the most. The Mach VII looked pretty much the same to me except for additional weaponry. Cool scene when it was "put on."
Tom Hiddleston as Loki was darn good as well. It was cool seeing him arrive on Earth basically looking all distressed from wherever his travels had taken him. And what a scene with Loki and Black Widow! The "battle" vs. The Hulk! Holy!
Now some specific spoilers:
The ending was a bit puzzling for me. As we all know the aliens were the Chitari, and Loki uses the Tesseract to open a portal. Now lots and lots of them are coming through, in addition to at least half a dozen of the Leviathan creatures. Yeah, they are "creatures" — they are wearing the armor, which is similar to what all the Chitari wear. But back to the end, in space the mothership explodes, and with that, all the Chitari and Leviathans die off as well while on Earth — all at the same time. Not sure what was up with that.
And yes, Loki kills Coulson. And no, he doesn't become the Vision in the post-credit scene. Coulson's death is the reason the Avengers finally get together after Loki wrecks havoc aboard the Hellicarrier.
Loki uses mind control in the beginning, but not on the Hulk contrary to what we may have heard or thought. He uses it on Selvig and Hawkeye to create the wormhole and capture the Tesseract. That part was a surprise to me and got me excited.
The mid-credit scene was indeed with Thanos! Regarding his henchman, I would definitely say it was not Annihilus. It looked like once of the Chitari, maybe their leader or something.
Thanos looked awesome! And they make a reference to Mistress Death as well! Plus, Jim Starlin is thanked during the credits, which rocked!
Wendell Vaughn? Nope! There was a rumor that Wendell Vaughn appeared in the movie as a SHIELD Agent. Well, I paid pretty close attention to all the extra SHIELD Agents. A few were singled out: one played Galaga (awesome!), Cap called another "son," but I didn't see any Quasar's. Could be in a deleted scene or one SHIELD agent might be "Wendell Vaughn" in the credits, but definitely not a role at all in the film.
Regarding the final post-credit scene, all it was, was all the Assemblers in some diner in the aftermath of the battle eating some greasy food. I think Ruffalo/Banner laughs or something, and they all look beat to heck. It fit and was fun.
All in all Joss Whedon did an amazing job with this.
This is how you do super hero movies folks!
Great job Marvel Studios and Disney as well!
The Avengers movie assembles May 4th, 2012 and is directed by Joss Whedon, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.
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