So, the biggest movie of 2012, indeed one of the biggest movies of all time, came out on Blu-ray/DVD today, and I tell ya, I’m so excited about it, as I type this out, this is my 2nd viewing since getting my copy last night.
Yes, I am of course talking about The Avengers. The bringing together of Marvel’s franchises into one massive property. Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America headline the movie that has set box office records around the world as it comes to home video for the 1st time.
I have to begin by saying that The Avengers is only the 3rd movie I have ever seen 5 times in the theatre, joining both The Two Towers and The Return of the King from The Lord of the Rings trilogy in that rare area of over exposure in my life. Not only that, I saw it 3 times within the first 37 hours that it had been released, as I caught an out of town midnight opening, the first possible viewing in my city, and a Saturday afternoon matinee.
While not a perfect movie, I immensely enjoy The Avengers, and I fully believe that the extended action shot showing the heroes working as team in New York City is right up there with the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in The Return of the King, and that is saying a lot, as I have long said that the Pelennor Fields is the best piece of cinema I have ever seen in my life.
While not a perfect movie, and I seriously wonder what actually constitutes that, The Avengers manages to make me laugh, smile, sad, cry and giddy, all in the course of 140 minutes. That is a testament to Joss Whedon. Though Whedon had previously never helmed a big budget, tent pole, summer blockbuster before, his time as writer/creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is clearly seen in his use of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in this movie, as her character, along with Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk advance the most during the film.
What many may not also know is that Whedon is no stranger to Marvel either, as he spent a number of years with the company as a comic book writer, most notably on Astonishing X-Men, a 25 book series that delved into the workings of a team and developed two female characters into the hierarchy of current X-Men lore.
What this proved as a whole is if you put a comic book guy in charge of a comic book movie and pretty much let him do what he’s good at, you will wind up with a huge hit on your hands, especially when you are bringing together a group of characters that other people have helped to create.
At the end of the day, The Avengers has become one of my favourite movies of all time, will be a staple of watching for years to come, especially with the second wave of Marvel Studios films ramping up, starting with next year’s Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Darker Worlds, all leading up to The Avengers 2 in May of 2015.
I will say one more thing though, the only thing missing from The Avengers was Captain America yelling out “Avengers Assemble” and I really, really hope we get that in the sequel in three year’s time.
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