Well, I'm not sure on this myself. Saw Captain america for the first time last night and was not impressed with it at all. Wasn't sure but was Sam L J supposed to be Nick Fury at the end? Wasn't paying much attention by then...
It's been renamed to Avengers Assemble in the UK, just in case there is someone dumb enough to confuse it with the old British TV series.
Still, at least we get it a week before the US.
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Typical 90 pound girl beats up a gang of blokes stuff there. Posters plastered all over my CIneworld for this, all with the original Avengers title. Doh!
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Well this was a surprise, really enjoyed it, they gave enough time to get the peeps who dont know the characters enough to be going on with without wasting time, fight scenes werent too obviously created for 3d, plot holes obviously, Loki completely OTT , and the fan boy matchups which made me smile...like wrestlemania for superheros lol...all in all definitely a start of many Avengers movies.
Best of the Marvel films. I watched this entire film with my jaw on the floor. Actually can't believe they did it, not just making an Avengers films, but making an Avengers film that is a sequel to four individual franchises. If The Avengers was crap it would destroy Marvel's movie studio.
I really enjoy the two Iron Man films. They're fairly conventionally structured but Downey Jr is having a hoot and I actually dig Iron Man 2 for putting Nick Fury/Black Widow in supporting roles because it does pay off. Captain America is awesome as they nailed the character and his origin (even if some of the design choices were a little too camp for the WW2 setting). Thor was heaps of fun and if anything is the most important film leading into The Avengers because its the one that opens up the universe (literally). The Incredible Hulk is solid work and does get referenced in The Avengers even though Banner was recast (Ruffalo is awesome though).
There is just one problem facing Marvel now... what Joss Whedon has done is not only a great comic book movie... it is without a doubt one of the best ever made and Marvel will not be able to top this easily. No other film compares in terms of intensity and scale in the genre. These are all big, strong characters performed perfectly by genuinely great actors. And Whedon balances them all so no one feels left out. The film jam-packed with memorable scenes and from the opening moment it takes off after the opening logos it doesn't stop. The other big surprise for me is how funny it was. And I'm not talking about Stark's humour or a few witty lines here or there, but maybe 3-4 genuine laugh out loud moments that had the entire cinema in stitches (2 of which involve Hulk).
This is about as entertaining as popcorn cinema gets. It does have some substance too, giving all characters problems to get over and rub against each other, and also some bigger stuff (Nick Fury gets a great moment that shows what he's willing to do).
It's not perfect, and I'm sure Loki's plot could be picked apart, but on first viewing it just all so overwhelming that its hard to see beyond the greatness.
Needless to say I loved it. I'm giddy and I haven't been like this for a film in a long time. It's like being a kid again.
It's been renamed to Avengers Assemble in the UK, just in case there is someone dumb enough to confuse it with the old British TV series.Usually renaming has to be done for the Americans.
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