The Avengers

Avengers Movie ArtI learned my stealth—a super-power, really—by sneaking into my big brother’s room, carefully filching his Marvel comics from their shrines, reading them without leaving fingerprints, and returning them in perfect numerical order.  Scott tried locking his door, but I only scoffed at his puny attempts to keep my mitts off his property.  Laws were made for mere mortals.

I learned how to draw by copying Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four.  I learned storytelling by writing Thor sequels.  Marvel fed my little soul.  So, of course, I’ve seen every movie based on my spandex-wearing friends.  They’ve all been a fun ride, some more than others.  But none has ever captured the essence of my heroes like The Avengers.

Writer/Director Joss Whedon created my favorite non-Star Trek TV—Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doll House—so to have him at the creative helm of the movie was like a Christmas present for me.  I could count on great character development, snappy dialogue, a meaningful story and off-the-charts action.  He brought it all.

Then, there’s the eye candy factor.


There’s just something about all those bulging biceps and pectorals when they’re real instead of ink on a page.  Did I say Woof?

And for those who prefer the fairer gender, there’s plenty of slink and curvaceousness in equally skin-tight suits.

Casting Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk seems genius to me.

He’s got the Bill Bixby edge mixed with an inherent nerdy sweetness that still transfers when he’s mean and green and splattering bad guys across the pavement.  How did he do that?

This is the first movie that really felt like the comics.  The action is that fast, that galactic, that desperate.  I’ll bet Stan Lee is proud of this one.

If you’ve already seen it, you know what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t seen it—Go.  Now.  Today.  Whether you grew up playing with this gang or not, you won’t be sorry.

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sherry
    May 05, 2012 @ 19:42:19

    So glad you liked it too. As you know I’m not the one who usually laughs out loud in the movies but I did at this one – especially when Hulk was “manhandling” Loki. Very neat! See you for lunch tomorrow.


  2. Carol Singer
    May 05, 2012 @ 20:00:48

    Thanks for the great review, Sandy Sue! It looks like I’m going to have to see this one on the big screen instead of waiting for Netflix.


  3. lesleehare
    May 06, 2012 @ 01:31:57

    Saw it tonight at the drive-in with my son! You’re right, it’s a classic! 😀


  4. The Mental Chronicles
    May 06, 2012 @ 16:55:03

    I love Whedon’s work, too! Ever seen Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog? It’s pretty much my favorite Neil Patrick Harris role.

    And a fellow comic nerd! Though I myself am more of a DC fan. But like you did, I study them to learn to draw people in the comic style.

    Anyway, haven’t seen the Avengers yet, but I plan to, since everyone keeps telling me how great it is.


  5. Kathryn McCullough
    May 06, 2012 @ 18:36:01

    Great to have your review. I haven’t read one yet.


  6. pegoleg
    May 07, 2012 @ 08:37:52

    Did you really say woof?


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