The Avengers – Great Superhero Movie or Greatest Superhero Movie

The above picture is for my youngest daughter. She even named her cat Loki (after the Norse god though – not the comic book character).

I am a sucker for comic book movies. I see every comic book movie I can and I enjoy myself whether they are good (The Avengers), bad (Green Lantern), or even downright ugly (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – worst movie I’ve seen at the theater this year but thanks to Netflix not the worst movie of the year). My wife and I went to see The Avengers again last night and I’ll probably see it a third time because my older daughter has yet to catch it.

I loved comic books as a pre-teen (my favorite was Tomb of Dracula) and then rediscovered them when I went away to college (and then stopped for a couple decades and now pick up the occasional graphic novel). It was in college that I discovered that it wasn’t so much the character but the writer that made the difference. This applies to movies as well – when I was a child, I looked forward to any movie starring my favorite actors. As an adult, I look forward to movies from my favorite directors much more than actors.

If you haven’t yet caught The Avengers, it is just as awesome as most people say it is. All of the wonderful Marvel movies have paid off in a great magnum opus. Comic book fans will delight in seeing their favorite heroes square off against one another before tackling the villains.

The only review point I disagree with is that they finally got the Hulk right. I thought Edward Norton’s Hulk/Banner was great. It is just that in The Avengers, the best laughs are from the Hulk. Also being an ensemble cast, the Hulk is not overused.

I hope The Avengers finally gives Joss Whedon the carte blanche that fanboys know he already deserves. As usual Joss’ strength is with ensemble casts and he is great at giving each character a unique voice. I dearly hope that he is onboard for the already greenlit sequel.

I am very much looking forward to The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises later this summer. The first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man looked awful but the latest trailer looks much better. I will miss Sam Raimi though.

I have no doubt that The Dark Knight Rises will be a good film. Christopher Nolan has not made a bad movie yet and they range from interesting (Batman Begins, Inception, Insomnia) to masterpieces (The Dark Knight, Memento, The Prestige).