We Love You Joss Part 2: The Avengers
AHHH! I seriously cannot believe how much Whedon their has been in my life lately. From the Buffy reruns that air everyday on MUCH MUSIC, to Cabin In The Woods, and now The Avengers, Joss is all I can/want to think about :)
JOSS WHEDON IS A GENIUS, a clever cult genius. It’s actually kinda strange (in a good way) that we’re getting so much Joss in our lives considering mostly everything he does is not well received by the average overweight American public…BIG SHOCK! But thankfully Paramount and Marvel Studios have faith in him to write and direct not only the best blockbuster of the summer, but one of the greatest superhero movies OF ALL TIME.
The lead up for The Avengers has been almost 4 years in the making with the release of Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk in 2008, and Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain American followed close by to give a strong back story to these marvelous characters. Aside from The Incredible Hulk, all cast members have remained the same, therefore seeing these men being so comfortable in their second skin makes you feel as though these actors have been always and will be forever their superhero alter ego (Edward Nortan played Bruce Banner/ The Hulk in the 2008 film, but due to disputes with the studio, the studio decided to cast Mark Ruffalo as Bruce in The Avengers). The addition of Black Widow and Hawkeye are portrayed perfectly by Scarlette Johanson (I know it’s surprising considering she’s can’t act, but that’s the magic of Joss), and Jeremy Renner. Even though these characters are minuscule in comparison to their famous team members, Whedon still allows for character development and your are never asking yourself about their back story or where are they off to now, This goes for every character in The Avengers, Whedon does a brilliant job dissecting each hero/villans persoanlity for the audience, allow us to get to know everyone a little deeper.
The plot of the film is fine, and follows along as a sequel to THOR , but keep in mind this movie is not about the plot, it’s about the characters, comic books coming to life, and the ACTION! So basically, Loki, Thor’s misguided brother, comes to Earth to retrieve the Tesseract, a glowing blue cube with unknown amounts of energy,for the Chitauri, an evil alien race. Loki needs the cube to open a portal between the two worlds so he can summon the Chitauri army to Earth and he can thus become the Ruler of our world. I’m sure you can predict the outcome, but don;t think too deep because the banter between these divas with over inflated egos completely overshadows the plot.
With a reported budget of $220 million no corners were cut in the making of this film. The CGI was impeccable, putting movies such as The Hunger Games, and probably The Amazing Spiderman, to shame. The amazing work Whedon did at directing this flick and the people behind making the CGI look as real as possible made this film look like just like an epic Avengers cartoon episode.
Joss Whedon took the superhero genre to a whole new level with this film, and now with Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and Captain America 2, being put into development,and hitting theaters in the next year or two, they’re going to have a lot of live up to if they want to create even close to the same sort of buzz The Avengers has done over the last few months. Regardless, at least we have the sequels to keep us entertained until the recently greenlit Avenger 2 hits theaters sometime in 2015.
PS. Throughout the entire film, I could stop thinking about how awesome it would be to be the HULK to just smash things all day and throw yourself around like a rag doll…such a great way to relieve some stress.