I would like to preface this post and the rest that will be following it with a statement. These will be my personal recaps of the Avenger movies leading up to Avengers Infinity War. I want to state my opinions on the first Avengers movie and what I thought about after phase one. I will do the same for Avengers Age of Ultron and phase two followed by my initial thoughts on Avengers Infinity War and a full on review after I see the movie a second time. I want to look at these movies individually and as part of the full-on MCU. Thanks to all of you that are reading my content.
Stating that I was excited to see the Avengers in 2012 would be a massive understatement. I grew up read all about these superheroes and to see them on the big screen together was a dream come true. Now that I got the same old sentence that many other critics and comic fans have stated; I want to talk about what I think about this movie today, where it fits in phase one of the MCU, and how it has affected Superhero movies since.
*SPOILERS TO FOLLOW*
The phase one movies showed us the characters that we would see in future films. It was like showing you the blocks that Marvel would use to put together a world. A world rooted in realism to a certain extent, but still a world of fantasy and science fiction. The movies they chose to put out initially were a fantastic choice. They introduce us to Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Captain America who are mostly Earth-based characters. We can see them, understand their motives, and ultimately see them work together.
Avengers is where these characters showed their differences. That is what makes this story interesting. I don't want to see Captain America and Iron Man agree all the time (more on Civil War in my next post).
Those characters were given their due respect in their movies, but new characters were also introduced in their films like Clark Gregg's, Agent Phil Coulson. He became a fan favorite very quickly, and he helped bring the MCU together. The fact that Coulson tells Nick Fury in his dying breath that the heroes need something to rally behind is literally how the team is thrust together in the first place. He is the movie's fanboy. He wants to see this team work together. Agent Coulson kept the audience rooted in the universe they were building, and I was sad to see him go in the Avengers. Yes, I know it needed to happen, but I still have feelings, Okay.
Avengers introduced other heroes like Black Widow and Maria Hill. It even gave us a more significant glimpse into Hawkeye (He first appears in the Thor movie although he is not credited). I still want more information about these characters, like their backstory. We have some insight on Black Widow's origin thanks to movies in phase two but what about Hawkeye? They apparently have a history together. Hawkeye and Black Widow name cities from their past regularly. Do they just do that as a nod to longtime comic fans?
One of my favorite scenes in Avengers is the conversation between Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark and Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner. They discuss how Stark wants Banner to join them in the final battle. A battle that they know will be large. Both of these characters are very smart, but it shows differences in the character's perspectives when Tony says that he believes what happened to Banner was a positive thing. Tony thinks the Hulk is inherently a good guy, which is not something Bruce Banner is used to hearing at this point.
The interaction between Thor and Hulk is the most fun in the movie. We understand that both characters have brute like tendency. They enjoy battle like a dog rolling in mud. It is interesting to see the look on Thor's face when he is dragged out of the shot by the Hulk. Thor understands that the Hulk is not his enemy but can only do what he does best, and that is trying to beat him into submission. Of course, we can't forget about everyone's favorite punching moment.
Let's be honest here, we all love Tom Hiddleston's Loki. He is charming and devious. Although his motives in this movie are boring in that he merely wants to rule the world, his means of doing so are different. He's using a staff that we don't fully understand is equipt with the Mind Infinity Stone until later. We know that he has contacts outside of Earth, but we don't know anything about these characters. That's fine for now, but I hope we can learn more about the role of The Other Avengers Infinity War.
I want to take a quick second to say that I LOVE the Avengers theme song. It is epic and heroic. It is iconic at this point. Try taking a shower while you listen to Alan Silvestri's composition, and tell me that you don't feel like a f*cking hero.
Silvestri has been working on music for these blockbuster films for quite a while. He worked on Back to the Future 2 and 3, the Parent Trap, Lilo and Stitch, and for those of you that have gone to Universal Studios, He composed the music on the Revenge of the Mummy Ride. It must have been an obvious choice for Disney and Marvel Studios.
I want to finish by saying that the Avengers is still my favorite Marvel movie. Ryan in 2012 would have said, "I have waited so long for this moment, and it was worth it!" Joss Whedon did a fantastic job putting this all together. I wish he could have done another one, but I understand that he did not want the stress.
As of right now, my complaints are that I want more, and in the entertainment industry, that is not a bad thing. I want Marvel Studios to fill in some holes of story. The characters and their chosen actors have been one of the highlights of the MCU. I will be sad to see any one of them leave after Avengers Infinity War.
Let me know what you guys think. Am I wrong? Am I right? Just please be respectful of one another, and I'll see you in my next post about phase two and Avengers Age of Ultron.