So we’re a little more than a week away from The Avengers premiere in the US. To my UK people who get to see it this week: Fuck You. I’m kidding (kinda). Someone on Twitter told me that the UK gets Avengers before the US cause the UK passed on Red Tails. So honestly, my hatred isn’t for those in the UK but comes right back to “Fuck George Lucas”.
I’m super amped for this movie. Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises are the two movies I’m most excited to see this year (With the Hobbit coming in 3rd). I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers as much as possible and I’ve even stopped watching all the TV Spots that have been hitting the net. So don’t worry, this preview won’t have spoilers in it. So here are some of my thoughts going into this:
1. In Joss Whedon We Trust - Joss Whedon is like a mini-Christopher Nolan to me. The man makes good movie, albeit not as big or well known as Nolan’s. Whedon’s TV/Film credentials are pretty solid, specifically for the Science-Fiction genre. He did Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Firefly. When Firefly got canceled (to the dismay of the fans) he turned it into a movie titled Serenity which was pretty good as well. He wrote The Cabin in the Woods which was scheduled to be released back in 2009 but got delayed to this year and got great praise. But what really got me excited about Whedon directing the Avengers is that not only has Whedon written comic books, he wrote one of Marvel’s bestselling books in 2006, Astonishing X-Men. Between his comic writing credentials and his film work, I’m pretty confident in Whedon’s ability to bring a comic book movie as big as The Avengers to the screen.
2. Marvel Studios != All Marvel Films – Inevitably someone is going to complain about how most of Marvel’s films suck. It’s confusing I know but let me help you out. Marvel Studios has only done the 2 Ironman movies, the 2nd Hulk movie, Thor and Captain America. That’s it. Babyface Hulk wasn’t their movie. X-Men wasn’t their movies. Fantastic Four and Spider-Man? Not their movies. Now that said I know someone is going to say “Well Thor/Captain America/Iron Man 2 SUCKED”. I totally understand that you didn’t like them. Bu there’s the thing. That’s like me saying that X-Men First Class sucked just because I didn’t like it and ignoring that the majority of critics and fans loved it.
3. Don’t Be That Guy/Gal - Stay after the credits. You know there’s going to be a scene. I’m about 99.999% sure I know what/who the scene involves. If you’ve been following the development of the movie you probably have a good idea too. They haven’t been too secretive about it.
4. Avengers Could Potentially Be the Best COMICBOOK Movie Ever – Bold statement I know but with the early praise the movie is getting I’m going to make this prediction. Right now out of 35 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, only 1 is bad (and even that one is a 3 out of 5). The closer we get to the US release date the more reviews we’ll get but with 35 reviews in it’s definitely tracking in the right direction. “So Kriss you think this will be better than The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises?” Honestly I hate those comparisons. I hated the comparisons of the first Ironman to The Dark Knight. They were two different types of movies in my opinion. In terms of overall better movie, I think Nolan’s batman films have been better. But they aren’t really good comicbook movies. The reason I say this is because Nolan’s Batman is isolated and exists only in that world. Nolan has even said if they do a Justice League movie they’ll have to reboot Batman because his current character doesn’t exist in a world with superheroes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Batman is a character that can be isolated and shown in an almost realistic way, like Nolan has done, and make it a GREAT movie. But I’ve always been weary when makers of comic book movies like Superman or Spider-Man try to compare their movies to being like The Dark Knight because I don’t want a Dark Knight feel to Superman or Spider-Man. Their characters don’t call for that type of tone. Now with Avengers, there seems to be more of a comic book feel to it. From the different angles and shots being used to the witty, humorous dialogue. Not saying the dialogue will be better than some of those epic conversations between the Joker & Batman in The Dark Knight but, it’s just seems to more closely follow a comic book tone. And that’s why I think Avengers has a very good possibility of becoming the standard for making a good comic book movie while Nolan’s batman films are good standards for making good films in general. Truth be told I can’t wait for both of these movies. I think trying to throw these films together in competition really ignores how ground breaking both of these movies can be for taking stories we know and love and making great films.
5. But Wait…..There’s More! - I forgot to include this when I originally posted this but along with Avengers we’re also getting a new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man. Oh and if you go to select IMAX theaters for the Midnight showing of the movie next week you also might be getting this awesome limited edition poster:
So that’s it. May 4th can’t get here soon enough. I’m still hoping on screen passes but I’ve already bought my tickets for the midnight show in IMAX.