Ah, can you smell that? Spring is in the air and Summer is almost on its way! What’s even more: Summer movies are on their way too! That’s right, the one time of the year when we all get to forget about our daily cares like work and school, and live vicariously through our on-screen love-interests.
But at the risk of sounding too much like a stalker, I feel like I should just get to the topic at hand. What kind of comic-book nerd would I be if I didn’t talk about the upcoming amalgamation of the Marvel superhero franchise: The Avengers!
So, if any of you have not already seen the preview to this smorgasbord-of-a-movie (or you have and you just want to watch it again) then I have included a trailer for it below. Give it a watch and then we shall reconvene:
That looks exciting, no? I mean, sure, it’s got all of the high-packed explosives of a Michael Bay flick… but there’s so much more to it! I think that the superhero-movie franchise has developed to such an extent, that the audience is looking for more than a few well-timed out fight scenes with some CGI and a dash of BOOM! It’s all about getting to know the character and empathizing with the ultimate moral conundrums that they face between good-and-evil! Justice-and-Injustice!
Let’s examine this a little more, shall we? Captain America, Thor, Ironman, Hawkeye, The Hulk, Black Widow… my god, that’s an impressive line-up. Ok, ok. So clearly the great minds behind the Marvel franchise have to have had this idea in the works for quite a few years now (especially with the brilliant mind of Joss Whedon on board with a number of these projects already). I mean:
Chris Evans as Captain America
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Robert Downey Jr. as Ironman
Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widdow
I don’t know about you, but that’s a lot of eye candy. So much so, that I plan on booking a dentist appointment after about the 3rd or 4th time I will probably see this flick. Cavities are no joke folks.
This movie really is quite simply a marketing genius too, as it builds upon the already successful Ironman, Thor and Captain America franchises. Speaking of which, good-on Chris Evans for making a comeback into the superhero world with his role as Captain America. We all remember the Fantastic Four franchise which, although wasn’t terrible, it was nowhere near the quality of the other Marvel movies either. I guess if you’re like me, you’re eternally perplexed by the idea of The Human Torch and Captain America being one-in-the-same… but I guess we can just use the old trick that all of the comics and cartoons used to pull: we’ll just say that they used an alternate universe or the reality-warping abilities of Onslaught and POOF! it never happened.
As well, maybe The Hulk will finally get the credit that he deserves. For one reason or another, that franchise has never been quite able to make it off the ground by itself… Even with stars like Eric Bana and Edward Norton showcasing their inner-green talents, the comic-book world still sat in silence. I for one am excited to see Mark Ruffalo take the reigns and hopefully the audience will be more pleased with The Hulks’ return to supporting cast. Perhaps a spot where he should have always remained.
In fact, without having Joss Whedon involved in this movie, I would be a little worried. Writers and director’s often run into troubles when they attempt to feature too many main-characters in their movies. *Cough* Valentine’s Day *Cough*. Believe it or not, audience’s love feeling that connection with the characters they watch on the big screen. Joss has a way of helping numerous characters portray that emotion; just watch Buffy The Vampire Slayer or the X-Men franchise!
So for now my friends, start getting excited! May is almost upon us and I am fully anticipating a blockbuster Summer filled with high-flying superhero action! Oh, and The Dark Knight Rises is coming out too. Excuse me while I go drool for a little while.