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The Avengers, in case you've been under a rock for a while, is the most amazing superhero movie of all time.

Yes. I'm a fan. I know that some joyless people that hate fun managed to find quibbles with this movie, but seriously.

Basically, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk (now played by Mark Ruffalo rather than Edward Norton, but it works out fine), Black Widow and Thor, plus Hawkeye, team up under the leadership (sort of) of Nick Fury and save the world from Loki, whose big plan is to lead an alien invasion and take over the world...maybe (there's an online theory that what he really wants is to get back to Asgard, so he won, in fact. I find that compelling).

It's a superhero movie, sure, and it's basically what all of the Marvel Cinematic movies to this point have been leading up to. And it does have some issues. Well, really, it has one: Black Widow. There are probably other female Avengers, some with actual superpowers, that could have been used...but see, none of that is the fault of this movie. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) was introduced in Iron Man 2, and leaving her out of the Avengers when she's established as an agent of SHIELD would be silly. Yes, they could have added in Scarlet Witch or someone, but adding in a character like that with no lead-up would have been awkward, because the movie is already so busy. So I think it was the right call. I also point out that, although Widow doesn't get cool, bigass weapons like the boys (much has been made of her using two little pistols), she doesn't get saved, she doesn't get fridged, she doesn't get sexually threatened. The closest we come to that is Loki calling her a "mewling quim," which is unpleasant, but I think she's pretty much in control of that interaction.

The superhero genre is historically not kind to women, and Avengers isn't perfect in that regard, but it's a fuck of a lot better than most other movies that preceded it. But that's seriously my only complaint.

Really. Avengers manages to take eight superpowered or superskilled characters (Cap, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Fury and Loki) and give them all screen time to be awesome, give them all awesome lines, make the movie into a true ensemble piece, stay true to their portrayals in their own movies, and it doesn't fuck with us by trying to pretend that Iron Man dies at the end (I interpret Hulk's "health scream" as "get the fuck up, everyone knows you're not dying"). And, yes, it's sad that Clark Gregg's Coulson died, but he went out like a badass, and everyone fully acknowledges what he was able to do in death.

The movie is as meta as you'd expect from Whedon, is amazingly well-scripted for something that Disney undoubtedly had a heavy hand in, and the effects and fucking amazing. I cannot wait for Iron Man 3 this May.

My grade: A
Rewatch value: High

Next up: Cabin in the Woods

Date: 2012-10-11 07:12 am (UTC)
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Funnily enough, Scarlet Witch has more problems than Black Widow--start with being a walking Roma stereotype, and add two sets of superpowers that both boil down to "gypsy magic".

In a just world, we'd see a Nextwave film to a) redress the gender balance and b) KICK YOU FACE, but little chance of that happening. Though if we could get Photon in Avengers 2, that'd be badass.

With any luck, Guardians of the Galaxy will introduce SWORD, which in turn introduces Abigail Brand (Nicky Fury with green hair IN SPAAACE) and gives a handy lever to insert Captain Marvel in Avengers 2 for another female badass.

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