The Avengers Anticipation: It’s Over Now… And It Makes Me Sad

May 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

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THE AVENGERS HAVE ASSEMBLED AND AVENGED…  NOW WHAT?

All of the speculation, rumors, hype, skepticism, anticipation, news, casting, trailers, promos, tv spots, plot details, posters and more are behind us now.  After years of planning, Marvel has gathered their movie universe into one action packed 2.5 hour event…  So how did it all turn out?

The Avengers delivered on and exceeded everyone’s expectations. 

I absolutely loved it.  It’ll take a couple repeat viewings but currently, The Avengers may settle into my Top 5 favorite movies of all time.  I loved it that much.  But something funny happened once the credits rolled and I caught my breath…  I was a little sad.

Movie hype is a funny thing…  You can spend years looking forward to a movie.  Sometimes the film is everything you hoped it would be, other times it isn’t.  But the following morning you realize that you don’t have to scour the web for tidbits of new information.  You aren’t wishing for a new trailer or clip to be released anymore.  You’ve seen the film.

I’m going to miss looking forward to The Avengers…

9 months ago, I wrote a post called: Wouldn’t it be awesome if The Avengers is one of the greatest superhero movies of all time?

It is.

From the beginning, we’ve all wondered what it would be like if Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and Captain America shared the screen.  Would it be a train wreck?  Negative, it’s a superheroic masterpiece.  It’s a PERFECT summer movie.

When I write reviews, I tend to write about the experience rather than focusing on plot details and specific things I did (or didn’t) like.  Honestly, I haven’t that much fun in a theater since the original Paranormal Activity was released.  No, I’m not comparing The Avengers to Paranormal Activity creatively.  But sitting in both audiences reminded me of how much fun it is to see a film in theaters.

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The Avengers is full of wonderful moments.  It’s packed with cool things you have never seen before.  It was also absolutely hilarious.  Throughout the movie, the entire audience was roaring with laughter one moment and stunned the next at the visual marvels on the screen.  It was electric in that room.  I mentioned Paranormal Activity because the audience behaved similarly.  It wasn’t a room full of people.  It was one entity reacting to the film together as one.  It’s a beautiful experience to have and I was smiling ear to ear for nearly 3 hours as a result.

EVENT MOVIES

Much like the final chapter of Harry Potter, this was an EVENT.  It took Marvel years of work spanning 5 films just to set up the events of The Avengers.  It all culminated in a film that skillfully balances character with breathtaking action.  (Thank you Joss Whedon)

That’s why the movie broke records.  It’s a must see.  Even the most casual fan won’t be able to wait until it’s available on demand.  People want to see what all the fuss is about.  The result? Over 200 million dollars in 3 days domestically.  That’s impressive enough but when you factor in stellar reviews from both critics and fans it’s hard to ignore the cultural impact this film will have moving forward.

Part of the fun of event movies is the hype.  Even now, 2 days after seeing the film, I’m still thinking about how much fun it was to follow the film’s development.  Thankfully, it’s not the same feeling I had when the Harry Potter franchise ended because that adventure was over.  There was a finality to it. (Much like another little event movie called The Dark Knight Rises)

Today, I find hope knowing that the minute the film ended, hype for The Avengers 2 had begun.  It’ll be years before we hear rumblings of another assembly but you can bet it’ll be followed by more than just hardcore superhero fans.

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So while we wait to find out what Thanos has in store for our heroes in The Avengers 2, we can rest easy that much more Marvel is on the way.  Interest will be higher than ever for Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2 and hopefully another Hulk movie.  The Marvel universe is fully loaded now and I can’t wait to see what they fire up next.

Until that time we all get to marvel at what… (ahem) Marvel has accomplished with this movie. The Avengers is for anyone who loves massive action and epic scale.  It’s for anyone who loves entertaining summer blockbusters.

The Avengers is for anyone who loves heroes…  And things that are awesome.

THE AVENGERS 2 HYPE BEGINS!

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