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Opening Today: “Marvel’s The Avengers” (5/4/2012)

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I realize that I have already said something about this but I did want to keep with my still new premise about these kinds of films and offering up a posting series that I plan to have as a standard practice as more and more films of this type come out. With that being said I raise my voice to the top of the possible volume and yell “AVENGERS ASSEMBLE” Whew….

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The Premise: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Hulk) unite under the direction of Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. against the villainous Asgardian Loki who seems to take over the Earth. “Avengers Assemble!!!”

Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Mark Ruffalo as Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson
Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Erik Selvig
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
Maximiliano Hernández as Jasper Sitwell
Paul Bettany as Jarvis (voice)

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Now I’m going to say that I am under the impression about you already having seen all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films that have led us to this moment. Kudos to you if you have done so and a slight shaking my head at you if you have not. The films were all connected via a little post credits teaser scene which let you know that these characters all lived in the same universe and that was super cool to see happening. Marvel Comics is doing things right by offering up the films in this fashion. I’ve been on the edge of my seat since the first glimpse of “The Avengers” was seen at the post credits scene in “Captain America: The First Avenger”; When the full on trailer was released I nearly collapsed. Yeah I am that level of comic book geek. I am most interested in seeing how they gather the heroes and get them to work together because they are so different across the board. A genius, a soldier, a monster, two assassins and a God. Yeah that is easy to work with for sure. We also seem to be getting a lot more of S.H.I.E.L.D. in this one and that works for me as well. Perhaps a solo film of their exploits as an agency is in store for us as well sometime in the future. Since it would not be spoiling the action as his voice and image are seen in the trailer, Loki is a big part of the threat that faces our world but he appears to have some backup this time as well. I guess we should expect a lot of ass whooping when this gets underway. Alright, that is all I have for you now. Oh yeah and if you are that person who has yet to see the other films, may I recommend that you at least see “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” somehow first since theirs is closer to the storyline that manifests in “The Avengers” according to what I have learned.

For the links for this particular post I decided to embed all of the superhero films that led up to “The Avengers” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s my hope that you have seen them all already but if not you can always start from the beginning and then enjoy “The Avengers” once again. Then I added in some of the Marvel Masterworks editions from their earliest stories. Enjoy.

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One thought on “Opening Today: “Marvel’s The Avengers” (5/4/2012)”

  1. While I am not going to offer up any spoilers here and will likely wait for the official DVD to be released to give any comprehensive review insight, I will say this right now and mean it from the bottom of my Metal heart……SEE THIS MOVIE ON THE BIG SCREEN!!!!! There, I got it out of my system. This is by far the best Superhero movie that has ever been given to us and worked so well with all of the characters that we have seen introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk and onto both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger.

    I caught the film a week after it opened to avoid any of the insane crowds and will tell you that it is a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end. The film runs just under two and a half hours but you do not feel this happening because you are kept interested from the moment it begins until the final scene. Since everyone knows how Marvel liked to offer up teaser sequences at the end of their films, the audience who is still planning on attending should know that there are two with this film. Yes, I said two. The first one comes about three minutes into the credits and the second one at the very end. I am not spoiling any of them but am sure some other website will do that for me. OK, that is all I am giving you right now. This summer blockbuster definitely kicks a movie going summer into gear and excites me for seeing some films again as opposed to waiting for them on DVD. You probably already know that both “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” are hitting the theaters in the summer along with “Prometheus” (some kind of “Alien” prequel) and the very strange sounding “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”.

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