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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.

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The Avengers Meet Buffy

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So, the other day, I was speaking with a friend of mine when she mentioned something that immediately made me joyful. With all the controversy that has been surrounding the casting of Captain America and Thor, I have not kept up with who would be directing this large ensemble cast. It is not a terribly easy thing to do and do well…so, I was really excited when I heard Joss Whedon of Buffy, Firefly, and Dollhouse would be the one responsible. Immediately, I had the thought that this movie has an amazing prospect to be good whereas other directors might not understand the dynamics of the thing. I believe that Joss Whedon will do an amazing job of bringing these comic book icons to the big screen.

1) His previous work is amazing. If you have ever watched an episode of any of his shows, it is clear that he has a certain artistry to him. If you’ve ever seen Buffy, Firefly, or anything else that he has done, he has a definite vision for all of his projects, and it’s this vision that excites me.

2) Going back to his vision, Joss Whedon has a phenomenal understanding of the inner workings of comic books. Within the past few years (2004 to be exact), he wrote the Astonishing X-Men arc of Marvel’s much beloved series. In it, he creates a wonderful story of what could have been if the X-Men were under different leadership due to unforseen circumstances. He knows what is going to work to help bring the comic book movie together, and this pleases me.

3) My final reason that I approve of Joss Whedon directing the Avengers’ movie (other than liking his previous work) is that he knows how to deal well with an ensemble cast. If you look at any of the shows that he has created/directed, Whedon has massive casts. Whereas your average cast may have 3 to 4 “main” characters, his tend to be larger. At one point, Buffy had 8+ people to manage, and his other shows such as Dollhouse and Firefly have similar numbers. He knows how to weave his characters that he is given into a cohesive whole. Why should The Avengers be any different?

With the year 2012 (the release date for the movie) fast approaching, the little boy inside of me is giddy because I’ll be able to see Joss Whedon’s vision of Marvel. It should be wonderful because he will have a fairly large budget to work with and will no longer be inhibited by small screen conventions. With his unlimitedly creative mind and a budget to match, what could Whedon produce other than an exciting and intriguing film?

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April 16, 2010 at 9:20 am