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Avengers Assemble…. on May 4th!!!

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A few days ago, a new trailer for Marvel’s The Avengers came out and got me excited for the summer of 2012. While this summer does not look to be as huge as last summer for Marvel, this movie represents the culmination of several past movie events and the work of several past summers. Needless to say (and I’m saying it again here), I’m excited to finally see what Joss Whedon, Zak Penn, and the actors have created with the movie. However, I have some apprehensions that I hope will be a null and void point when I finally watch the movie.

1) The star power of the cast as a whole is quite scary for a movie of this magnitude. I’m not saying that this is necessarily a bad thing. Honestly, to this point, all the characters have functioned and embodied the characters in much the way that I would have hoped that they would. I will even admit that Chris Evans as Capt. wasn’t that bad… and I didn’t have high hopes for him in that film. However, when you put too many big stars together, it sometimes seems that the product they give isn’t necessarily the best thing that has ever been… There are many examples of this in moviedom memory (Be Cool (2005), Shark Tale (2004), and there are many more… you know these) that fail from their inception… I’m hoping that this is not the case with this movie simply because Joss Whedon is at the helm. From his television shows, he has proven that he can work well with ensemble casts. Here’s hoping that he can deal with the egos of the big league.

2) Speaking of people in the film, I’m also concerned about Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner… I don’t know that he can bring the understated nature of the intelligent Banner to life… When I heard that Edward Norton wasn’t coming aboard for this movie, I began to think that it might be better just to eliminate the Hulk altogether (and I know that he is a part of the Avengers… I just don’t know about Ruffalo). Honestly, I just don’t find Ruffalo to be the right actor for the part because he doesn’t look like the Banner type… You can put glasses on some one but this does not indicate intelligence… we’ve seen many examples of this. While I think that Ruffalo will do an alright job as evidenced by his acting cred, I just don’t feel like he will be a good Bruce Banner for me…

3) Storyline to bring them together… While I am excited that it looks like Loki will be the main villain, I am concerned as to how they are going to finally bring them together. They have been doing this all along, but I worry that things will not work together as well as what it should…

Still, even with these apprehensions in mind, I look forward to seeing movie at a midnight showing on May 4th. I will be there (not in costume… I’m a fan boy… but yeah…) and waiting to be bewitched by the characters one more time. Seeing Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Sam Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Capt. America, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow and all the other characters come to life once again and as a group will be awesome. All these individuals have made great movies on their own, so they should be able to bring some of that charisma as a group.

As Loki says in the trailer, “How desperate are you that you call on such lost creatures to defend you?”

For me, I’m desperate to see how these “creatures” come alive once again.

Year of the Geek: Comic Book Movies of 2011

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I saw somewhere on the internet the other day (maybe it was my homepage…I’m not completely sure which is one of the pitfalls of reading news and such on the internet the majority of the time…but any way) that a lot of people are terming this year the year of the geek due to the excessive number of comic book movies coming out in the theaters this year. Honestly, I am excited about this year…does that mean I am a geek myself. I believe so because I am looking forward to watching several of the movies that will be coming out over the course of the year, and here are the few that I’m most interested in (and alright, I am a Marvel snob to some degree…so forgive me if a lot of the DC or Darkhorse stuff is missing from my assessment).

Thor–Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman. This movie is promising to be one of the must see movies of the summer months. Following the storyline of one of the most prominent Marvel characters (which all of them are prominent in their own right), this movie is bringing us all one step closer to the promised Avengers movie that will be in theaters in 2012. What I am most interested in in this movie is how they are going to meld the scientific and the magical worlds that Marvel are known for. I know that in the movie trailer they are saying that science and magic are practically the same thing just us dumb humans using another name for something mystical. Yet, I’m still intrigued to see how far they go with this concept.

X-Men: First Class–As most of you know who read my blog on a regular basis, X-Men are the comic book heroes that are near and dear to my heart, so it probably doesn’t surprise you that I am anxious about this upcoming movie.  It does have a few good things going for it though. First, Matthew Vaughn is directing the movie and overall his other movies (Kick Ass, Stardust, and Layer Cake…all good movies). Then, you have Bryan Singer (the man who co-wrote and directed for the first two good X-Men movies) responsible for the story. Finally, you have several actors that are pretty good in the roles of some of our memorable characters (James McAvoy is Professor X, Kevin Bacon is Sebastian Shaw, and many more). I’m still holding my breath on the this one because we all know the debacle of the third movie. However, I’m trying to remain hopeful that this movie might help redeem the series from X3 and the Wolverine movie. Also, another side note, Wolverine will not be in this one unless it is a small cameo (Hooray! I don’t like him that much anyway).

Green Lantern–Okay, so, this is one of the few (if only) DC comic movie adaptation that appears here. I’m interested in this one because let’s face it Green Lantern is a pretty cool super hero. His powers are limited by the strength of his mind…so, yeah, he seems like he would be any intellectual’s go to super hero. Being played by Ryan Reynolds, I think this movie has potential if it is done right because like any other super hero movie it also has the potential to be sooooooo bad too.

Captain America: The First Avenger–Okay, so, I’m not a huge fan of Capt. However, I’m pretty excited about this movie because its release will be the last piece of the puzzle for the afore-mentioned Avengers movie. Chris Evans will be an okay Capt. (I’m not completely thrilled by his casting choice partially because he has already been a character in the Marvel-verse of movies), but I am really excited to see Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull. I think that he is going to be amazing at that. Why? Because he plays evil and off-beat characters well (look at Mr. Smith in the Matrix, V in V for Vendetta, etc)…I’m just excited overall.

So, these are just a sampling of the top things that I”m looking forward to. I’m also excited about Harry Potter and other things of that nature (not excited about Twilight). Looking forward to seeing Paul Bettany in Priest. Yet, I’m also not excited to see some others (like the Green Hornet for instance…I find Seth Rogen insufferable). However, there will be more to come of these other things in following days. Till then, adieu.