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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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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The Road To The Avengers: Getting To Know THOR

May 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm

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WHAT’S A MJOLNIR?

Growing up, I was never an obsessive comic book reader but I had a modest collection regardless.  I knew enough about Marvel’s superheroes but not nearly enough to claim I KNEW Thor.  There is obviously a big difference between knowing a heroes name and knowing who they are and where they come from.

So when I sat down to a 3D matinee today, I truly didn’t know what to expect beyond the what the trailers and movie sites showed me.

… Thor’s pretty cool.

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I’m a sucker for comic book movies and big summer action flicks but I was always on the fence about Thor.  If anything, I was excited to see this movie to catch all the references to next summer’s The Avengers.  A movie event that will surely (hopefully) wow us all.

At the same time, I have to admit I was curious about that tiny hammer and the land called Asgard.  I was excited to get to know Thor, his world and his enemies.

Introducing a god like character from another realm into Marvel’s ‘earth based’ world had to be tough.  Rainbow bridges, over sized helmets and Frost Giants can be difficult to portray on screen but they did a phenomenal job.

I went in hoping for more clues for the upcoming Avengers team up. I left the theater with an appreciation for Thor and I’m officially excited to see how he fits into the larger picture.  It’s pretty amazing to hear a line like “I’ll be your ally” and know exactly what he is talking about.

He’s talking about the enormous evil power that will rise and cause the world’s heroes to unite in order to defeat it!

What I loved the most about Thor was that it was nothing like Iron Man 2. The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and Captain America need to stand up on their own for this universe to work according to Marvel’s plan.  Iron Man 2 seemed like nothing more than a setup for the following movies but Thor doesn’t fall into that trap.  It’s a damn good movie that can exist on it’s own without The Avengers’ references taking over.  Marvel has learned from their past mistakes and I couldn’t be happier.

Natalie Portman isn’t really given much to do here but that’s because most of the excitement takes place in Thor’s home of Asgard.  This may turn some people off but I bought it.  I think Asgard is the film’s one cool element that’s sets Thor apart from his Avenger buddies.  It’s a new world and they did a fantastic job incorporating it into the Marvel Movie Universe.  Personally, I can’t wait to see what mischief Loki cooks up next!  (He’s awesome by the way. Stay until the credits are over.  But you already knew that right?)

Thor is a solid summer blockbuster.  I had a blast discovering who he is and where he comes from but beyond all that:

I want to know more!

Thankfully, the road to The Avengers continues this summer with Captain America up next.  Will The First Avenger continue to build on this amazing world Marvel is creating?  I can’t wait to spend a weekend watching all of these movies back to back!  Thor definitely fits in.  Let’s hope Captain America belongs as well…

In the mean time, the one thing I can’t seem to get out of my mind?

What evil could be so great that all of these powerful heroes are needed to defeat it?  It’s going to have to be one hell of an evil plot.  Holy crap I can’t wait to find out what it is!

To be continued…

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10 Flicks: Awesome Upcoming Superhero Movies

February 7, 2011 at 8:32 am

10 Flicks: Incredible Upcoming Superhero Movies

I believe we are entering a Golden Age for superhero movies.

There are so many incredible films on the way with loads of potential.

How good are the upcoming superhero movies?

Here are 10 of the biggest and best.  Check them out and count how many you’re looking forward to.

*Be sure to come back as I will be updating this page with new images and trailers as they are released.*

Thor

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Thor is probably my least anticipated film on this list because I really don’t know that much about the character.  However, Thor has a giant role to play in the upcoming Avengers movie so I’m definitely interested in learning more.  Part of me truly hopes it turns out to be a bad ass action adventure.

The first trailer has been released!  I’m officially pumped to see this movie.

The super bowl spot unleashes more action!

Cowboys & Aliens

The first poster for the film has been released and it looks amazing!

It looks like John Favreau and co. are unleashing one hell of an entertaining film next summer.

X-Men: First Class

Hardcore fans of Bryan Singer’s X-Men may not be so eager to embrace this reboot but I am.  I’m not sure what to expect from this adaptation but I’m a massive fan of the source material.  Plus I have enormous faith in Matthew Vaughn.  Kick ass was fantastic.

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The Green Hornet

This movie sounded extremely strange when I first heard about it.  Could Seth Rogen really be a superhero? After seeing the first trailer, I believe the answer is yes.  He is a different kind of superhero but it still looks like an entertaining movie.

The Amazing Spider-Man

First look at Andrew Garfield as spider-man

[UPDATE] The first official image of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man has hit the web!  I have to say it looks pretty damn sweet!

The first two Spider-Man movies are among the best superhero movies of all time. Understandably, it was time to inject some new life into the franchise and I actually think that rebooting with a younger Peter Parker is the right way to go.


My only real concern is whether or not the filmmakers can balance the inevitable high school drama with decent action sequences. I’m already sold on Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man and now that we know he will face off against The Lizard, I’m even more excited about the possibilities.

Check out this amazing image of Andrew Garfield in costume with the legendary mask on!

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Captain America: The First Avenger

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Captain America is in the same category as Thor.  I don’t know too much about him but I’m extremely interested in how Marvel will tie all of their big franchises together.  If the movie is half as good as the image above we are in for one hell of a show.

Superbowl commercial…  I gotta say the shot with Cap running through a forest in the middle of battle was amazing.  So was Red Skulls reveal.  Still I wasn’t blown away by the spot.

Green Lantern

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Ryan Reynolds is definitely on a huge roll right now. Every single Green Lantern image that I’ve seen has been amazing.

Now that the trailer has been unleashed, I have to say it does look pretty damn entertaining.

Check out the first 4 minutes from the film.

The Avengers

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Did anyone ever think this film would have come together the way it did?

Count the superstars on that stage.  It’s truly remarkable what Marvel has done with their superhero franchises.

This is probably the riskiest film on this list as the amount of hype surrounding this movie is enormous.

It’s going to be extremely challenging to deliver something entertaining with that many heroes on the screen.

Again it all comes down to the story. They definitely have the star power but it’s up to Joss Whedon and his team to come up with something worthy of one of the best ensembles in history.

Whether they nail it or not, The Avengers is going to rewrite the superhero movie forever.

I can’t wait to watch Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and The Avengers ‘marathon style’.

Unreal…

NOTE: This film isn’t released until 2012 but I didn’t think it would hurt to update it regardless considering so many movies on this list will affect the production.

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

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Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen was terrible.

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I’m so excited to see more giant robot action on the big screen. Everything I’ve read about the film gives me more and more confidence that they will erase the memory of The Fallen from my mind.

I was so excited to see that movie and I was shattered when the credits rolled.  I wish it wasn’t the case but it’s true.  However, I’ll never give up on a franchise easily.

I’ll be in line on day 1 for this blockbuster event… In 3D.

The Transformers are back!  I loved the Superbowl commercial!  This is probably my most anticipated movie of the summer thus far!

Superman

[Update] Henry Cavill has officially been announced as the new Superman.  Nice!

Handing the keys to the Superman franchise over to Christopher Nolan was genius.  The guy simply knows how to tell a good story.

He’s easily my favorite directors right now and having his name attached instantly puts this film at the top of the list.

Then…

He went out and hired Zak Snyder to direct the movie with a screenplay written by David Goyer…

You hear that?  That’s the sound of the best Superman adaptation of all time.

Yes… I’m prepared to make that statement.

Get ready for a gritty slow motion filled adventure featuring one of the most iconic heroes in history.

The Dark Knight Rises

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The Dark Knight is my favorite superhero movie in the history of the world.  Nothing against the amazing Batman Begins but The Dark Knight is THE definitive Batman movie.

This third and presumably final Batman film that Nolan will give us will pull out all the stops and raise the stakes like never before.

I like to think that he had a plan the entire time and was always building towards this third chapter.  Whether that’s true or not may never be revealed but I have no doubt Mr. Nolan has a few surprises in store for us.  It saddens me to think about his vision for The Joker and how he may have carried over to this film.  

It’s a shame we won’t get a chance to see Heath Ledger’s wonderful work on screen again.  The word ‘legendary’ comes to mind.

The next villain that Bruce Wayne faces will definitely have some giant shoes to fill.  Yet, somehow, I truly believe he/she will.

There’s no way this movie will fall flat even with the nearly impossible expectations people like me have.

I have a feeling this film will complete one of the greatest trilogies ever.

Which movie are you anticipating?  Are there several?

It truly is a good time to be a fan of superhero movies!