Top 10 Moments: Marvel’s The Avengers

November 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

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Marvel fans waited years for The Avengers to arrive.  Thankfully, when it did, it exploded world wide and became one of the most successful movies in history.  Joss Whedon brought the Marvel Universe together brilliantly in a movie that entertained millions.  The Avengers was a FUN movie to experience.

Movies events like The Avengers don’t come along very often and it’ll be interesting to see where The Marvel Universe takes us next.  If Iron Man 3 is any indication, we’re heading into darker territory which is fantastic.  I can’t wait to see what Thanos will unleash upon Marvel’s heroes in a few years.  Bring on Phase Two.

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Here are the top 10 moments from Marvel’s The Avengers:

10. GALAGA

“That man is playing Galaga.”

I can’t imagine the amount of trouble someone would be in if they played Galaga in the Pentagon during an Alien invasion.  S.H.E.I.L.D is a pretty lenient organization.

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9. THE VINTAGE SET

Apparently you’re able to buy the vintage set?  Not sure how collectable and/or cool they would be featuring Chris Evans but an old school comic book Steve Rogers set would be cool.

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8. 10 BUCKS SAYS YOU’RE WRONG

I think this moment was meant for audiences.  Many people thought they wouldn’t pull off a movie of this magnitude.  By the time The Avengers ended, we were all happy we spent the 10 bucks.

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7. THOR HAMMERS HULK

So Thor nails Hulk with his hammer…  I’m a big fan of the frustration Hulk feels when he can’t pick up Mjolnir.  Puny hammer.

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6. SHAWARMA

These poor shop owners are busy sweeping up debris when 6 people come in.

“You guys are open right?”

10 bucks says Thor didn’t have any Earth cash and owes Tony lunch.

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5. THANOS

It’s amazing how a tiny glimpse of Thanos sets the stage for Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy & The Avengers 2.  We don’t know what it means yet but Marvel has hit their stride.  Phase Two is going to be pretty special.

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4. HULK SUCKER PUNCHES THOR

I saw The Avengers 3 times in theaters and this moment was a crowd favorite every single time.

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3. THE LONG SHOT

My favorite shot of the movie.  It’s long and it’s full of incredible and continuous action.  Two moments really stand out during the shot:

  1. Captain America reflects Iron Man’s blaster off his shield.
  2. Hulk & Thor team up to hammer an electrified sky snake scale into it’s face.

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2. THE PARTY

An incredible moment.  Who would have thought Marvel could bring these franchises together?  Seeing all the heroes together ready to take on an army gave me chills and still does.  What an epic cinematic moment.

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1. PUNY GOD

The Party could (and probably should) be the number one moment but there are a few reasons why I picked this particular moment.  First, it’s hilarious.  Second, how long have we waited to see Hulk really go to town and smash things.  The Incredible Hulk did an admirable job but this is clearly THE Hulk we’ve all been waiting to see.  He picks up a God and proceeds to slam the crap out of him right in the middle of a monologue.

I hope we get another standalone Hulk movie someday.  It’s been hinted that Phase Three might feature a Hulk movie.  For now we have moments like these to watch as we await The Avengers 2.

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I’m glad I don’t know anything about Guardians of the Galaxy

September 20, 2012 at 7:09 am

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WHAT’S A GROOT?

When Thanos smiled at the very thought of courting death at the end of The Avengers, it was clear Marvel had a cosmic slate in mind.  They’ve already referenced Thanos by displaying the Infinity Gauntlet in Thor so I wouldn’t be surprised if this new threat appears in Thor: The Dark World in some way.  But it will be interesting to see if they include Thanos in Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Those franchises weren’t really linked to the stars until Cap and Stark joined forces to fight Loki’s army in The Avengers.

How will Phase Two’s slate of blockbusters connect together?  What part will Thanos play?  What do Joss Whedon and Marvel have in store for us?

This is why Guardians of the Galaxy is a key addition to the universe.  It’s a perfect way to focus on the cosmos and truly develop a threat far greater than Loki’s ego.

Although…  I really have no idea what to expect from a franchise I know nothing about…

BUT THAT’S A GOOD THING

To be honest, I’m pretty excited that I can go into this film and discover a new world…  That’s kind of connected to a world I’m very familiar with.

WHO ARE THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY?

Here is an official log line:

“A U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.”

A little digging online helped me understand how the Guardians factor into the Thanos storyline.  It’s easy to understand why Marvel gave this movie the green light.  I’m willing to leave it at that.  But I thought I’d include some Thanos/Guardians links I found around the web:

Thanos Confirmed for Guardians of the Galaxy & Avengers 2 | Collider

Let’s take a closer look at Marvels new Guardians of the Galaxy | First Showing

How to make a Guardians of the Galaxy movie work | IGN

Will Thanos be in Guardians of the Galaxy? | CinemaBlend

Giant tree, space marine, cape person, zombie guy, angry raccoon =  Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot? 

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

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I’m far from an expert on comic books and I certainly haven’t delved into the farthest corners of Marvel’s universe but I’m excited to meet some new people.  In a world full of sequels and reboots, Guardians of the Galaxy might be what the movie world needs.  It’s a risk.  It might pay off and it might be a disaster but at least Marvel is willing to give these characters a shot.   Who knows what might be possible if Guardians succeeds at the box office.  Perhaps a few of them will appear in The Avengers 2 to help stop Thanos for good.

I’m ready for a new super hero franchise but for the first time, I have no idea what to expect.  We all knew what Spider-Man would be like in 2002 and we certainly knew what to expect when it was rebooted in 2012.  People know Batman and Superman.  We are all familiar with Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor.

If you’re like me, Guardians of the Galaxy is a complete mystery but I’m perfectly happy with that.

Should The Avengers Get An Oscar Nomination? Could The Dark Knight Rises?

May 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

Should The Avengers Get An Oscar Nomination?

RISE OF THE OSCAR WORTHY SUMMER MOVIES

Movies vs Films…  I like to think my taste in movies falls somewhere in between.  So while I LOVE the summer movie season, I’m also a big fan of the dramas that regularly populate the awards season each year.

I’ve seen The Avengers three times.  I love that movie.  Critics love that movie.  Audiences around the world love that movie.  But… Is Marvel’s The Avengers an Oscar contender?

The most fun I’ve ever had watching the Oscars was the year Return of the King dominated.  I felt like I was cheering for the Blue Jays. (My favorite sports team.)  Eleven times they announced that fantasy ruled the cinematic world that year.  I was filled with a sense of pride.  It’s fun to cheer on the movies you love.

On the other hand, sometimes your favorites aren’t even nominated.  The Dark Knight did NOT receive a best picture nod which was incredibly frustrating for me.  Realistically, I didn’t expect it to win but I felt that Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece deserved at least a nomination.  Thankfully, the Academy did recognize Heath Ledger’s legendary performance as The Joker.

Should The Avengers Get An Oscar Nomination?

With Gladiator being a notable exception, there haven’t been many summer action movies in contention come awards season.  I suppose Avatar kind of fits the bill but it was released in December.  Still, the landscape has changed a lot since Peter Jackson received the night’s final and most prestigious award.

With Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise leading the way, superhero movies have evolved immensely.  It’s a series of films that made all of us believe comic book movies can be Oscar contenders.  Perhaps it’s time the Academy took notice of the blockbuster entertainment being served in the Summer months.

Want to spice up the Oscar broadcast?  Stick a summer horse in the race if it deserves it.  What’s the worst that could happen?

Having said that, before that plan can work, the movies must deliver.  For every Dark Knight there is a Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen after all.

Should The Avengers Get An Oscar Nomination?

DOES THE AVENGERS DESERVE OSCAR TALK?

First and foremost, The Avengers delivered on impossibly huge expectations.  It was a FUN movie.  Marvel’s universe collided on the big screen and crushed box office records in the process.  To say that Joss Whedon’s film is an overwhelming success is an understatement.  90%+ on Rotten Tomatoes from the critics and the fans and over billion dollars grossed and counting.

The Avengers is a movie that nearly everyone seemed to love.  That’s an award worthy movie in my books.  Again I stress I don’t think it would win but a little comic book love is overdue isn’t it?

To me, the brains behind The Avengers deserve an Oscar nomination JUST for pulling it off.  Merging 4 larger than life heroes into one movie that delivers is an achievement worth recognizing.  Not only that, the seamless blend of action, character and humor was so much fun to watch…  Three times.

Of course, two summer movies sneaking in would be a bit farfetched.  But what if? What if TDKR and The Avengers are deserving?

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It’ll be interesting to see the results after The Dark Knight Rises launches this July.  Will Christopher Nolan’s Gotham enjoy the same fate as Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth?  Part of me thinks The Dark Knight Rises may prevent The Avengers from getting a nomination.  Is this a year we see not one but two comic book movies honored on Oscar night?

…  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

For now, The Avengers will continue tearing up screens around the world.  I’m already looking forward to adding the blu ray to my collection.  I’m thankful The Avengers exists especially after such a long wait to finally see it.  It exceeded my expectations and will most definitely appear on my Top 5 movies of 2012.

But will it be in the Top 5-10 come Oscar time?  I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t but wouldn’t it be cool if it was?

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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.

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Was Captain America Overshadowed By The Avengers?

July 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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DON’T YOU HAVE SOME PLACE BETTER TO BE CAP?

Captain America: The First Avenger has a very distinct advantage when it comes to attracting people to the theater.  It’s the final piece of the puzzle.  Our last batch of hints, cameos and background information for next summer’s Avengers movie.  There are people out there who probably have zero interest in Captain America but still showed up because they want to see more… assembling.

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I was looking forward to Captain America for that reason but also because it seemed like a really fun summer adventure.  I loved the idea of a superhero movie set in the 40’s.  For almost an entire week I was disappointed by the early start time of my shifts because I was unable to catch a matinee.  Finally, I managed to get to the movies.

CAPTAIN AMERICA WAS JUST…  OKAY.

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I liked Captain America a lot.  I think Chris Evans was a fantastic choice for the role and all in all, the story was quite good.  I’m still baffled by how great Steve Rogers looked as a courageous yet skinny weakling.  His story resonates with us all and that’s always been a part of Captain America’s appeal.  There are days in everyone’s life when a super serum would come in handy.  I know I’ve thought about it.

Hugo Weaving was great as The Red Skull though I felt he was a bit underused in the finale.  Mostly because he’s one of the coolest looking villains we’ve seen in a long time.  What actually surprised me about the film was the humor.  Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci in particular stole the show for me.  Captain America is a perfect example of lighthearted summer fun.  It’s full of amazing shield chucking action but I was distracted by the bigger picture…

JUST ASSEMBLE ALREADY!

Marvel has done an amazing job introducing their heroes to us one by one.  In that way, the movie stands up very well next to Thor as worthy additions to this grand movie universe.  But during the movie, I found myself thinking about how wonderful it would be if we just got on with it.  I’m already in Avengers mode and that’s what interested me the most.  Every time Howard Stark entered the picture I was hoping for a new piece of information on his son Tony.  Every time I saw the cosmic cube I couldn’t help but think about the post-credit sequence at the end of Thor.  Every time Captain America fought I was more and more excited about the idea of him tossing that shield in modern times.

In a sense, it’s unfair to Captain America because a larger event and one of my most anticipated movies of all time is just around the corner.  The movie made me feel like I wanted to ‘fast forward’ to the good part.

Still, Captain America IS a solid movie and needs to be seen in order to be fully prepared next summer.

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