Have you seen the Marvel Avengers Assemble film yet? We went yesterday and it was mind-blowingly awesome. Marvel have pulled off the biggest stunner so far with the Avengers film. Given how good the films of Marvel’s individual super-heroes The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and Captain America were it isn’t that surprising I suppose. Apart from still trying to come to terms with a black and too young Nick Fury the Avengers and the villains are all very well-played and at least fairly well cast. The Black Widow getting ready to face down the alien menace with a handgun did seem a bit daft though. Couldn’t SHIELD have kitted her out with a better weapon than that? I don’t want to give any Avengers film spoilers but the film is worth watching just for when the Hulk gets up close and personal with Loki. That is a real laugh. In fact in some respects The Hulk steals the show.
The Avengers forming as a team is well done and the Avengers infighting and misunderstandings that were always a trademark of Marvel’s all-too-human superheroes are there and well done. Each Avenger has such a clear personality and the Avengers film makers have clearly set out to provide the definitive version of each Avenger.
I wasn’t sure about Loki but he won me over in the end. There is a real slimy nasty menace about Loki and a kind of suave and arrogant way too. Sadly, he reminded me of too many politicians. As in the Avengers Marvel comics, it becomes clear who is the boss of the Avengers and Captain America is really impressive. At first glance he is the weakest of the four Avengers but, as in the Marvel comics of the Avengers, ultimately he is the strongest in what counts – skill and intelligence.
The special effects are with all the stops pulled out in Avengers Assemble. The jaw-dropping global effects from 2012 are there and plenty of others. If you haven’t seen the Avengers Assemble film yet then don’t miss Marvel supremo Stan Lee’s cameo at the end where he says that the idea of super-heroes in New York is ridiculous. Of course it is Stan Lee’s 90th birthday this year, which only goes to prove that Marvel comics keep you young and you live longer.
There are a question or two of course on the Avengers film that you might want to comment on. Whatever happened to the Avengers Giant Man / Ant Man and The Wasp who were members of the original Avengers line-up? In a way it seems odd to have Hawkeye and the Black Widow around and leave them out. I always thought Giant Man was a great Avenger. That would also have paved the way for Hawkeye to have done his Goliath bit and the Avengers comics of that period had an interesting take on what happened when Hawkeye became Goliath. We also miss out on Giant Man as Yellowjacket of course who was a real character in the Marvel Avengers comics. If they felt the need to turn Nick Fury black to introduce a little balance into the predominantly whitey world of Marvel superheroes then why didn’t they bring in The Black Panther? He’s a rich African tribal chief for goodness sake! Last but not least there’s The Vision and his unlikely romance with another Avenger The Scarlet Witch (also not included in the Avengers here and nor is her brother Quicksilver). There are still many poignant, exciting, meaningful and world-shattering moments from the history of Marvel’s Avengers comics that could be put into a film. Let’s hope some of them make it into the next Avengers Assemble film and if I’ve missed a few ideas I’m sure you’ll put me right in the comments.