Hello everyone! Today I have a real treat. I invited a fellow blogger from the Midnight Novelist to do a post on the Avengers. Her blog has a ton of great reviews, travel posts, and more. Check it out here. Thanks for guest posting with me! Take it away, Karen!
The Top Five Things I’m Looking Forward to in ‘The Avengers’
Thank you SO much for inviting me to your blog to guest post, Ddog. I’m a huge movie junkie, so it’s a great honor to be here to give my opinion on arguably the most anticipated film of the year.
In one week we will finally be able to watch The Avengers on the big screen. Nerds around the world will assemble for this unprecedented event – a movie that has a back story and setup spanning four separate franchises. Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye will unite to face an enemy that none of them can take down on their own.
The reviews that I’ve seen so far have all been incredibly positive. There’s even talk of a sequel already. With all this hype, it’s hard to pick which parts of the film I’ll be anticipating the most. But I’ve bitten the bullet for you guys, and I’m here to present the five things that I’m most looking forward to in this movie:
5. Snark. You just know there are going to be some excellent one-liners in this movie. Between Joss Whedon’s wit and Robert Downey Jr.’s timing, I have a feeling I’ll be walking out of the theatre quoting this film for days to come. Highlights already include:
Captain America: “Big man in a suit of armor. Take that away and what are you?”
Iron Man: “A genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist.”
Loki: “I have an army.”
Iron Man: “We have a hulk.”
4. The ending. Okay, okay so this is kind of cliché. Of course I want to know the ending. But there’s more to it than that: I want to know where the end of this movie will leave us. Will it end with the Avengers having finally learned to work together, or will it end with the Avengers realizing that all of them in one place is not something that the world needs all the time? I’m banking on the latter, but I’m curious how this is going to be wrapped up. Will they agree that this was the first and only time the Avengers are going to gather, or will it leave us with that lingering feeling that there is a sequel on the horizon?
3. Captain America. Steve Rogers didn’t make it to the third spot for the reason you’re thinking (though that certainly didn’t hurt…). Believe it or not, he isn’t even my favorite Avenger – not even close. So, why did he make it to my list? It’s because I’m intensely curious about his role in this movie. It’s been assumed that The Avengers is basically from Steve’s POV after he has woken up in a world that – quite literally – is a lifetime away from the one he is used to. How will he acclimate himself to new technology and societal rules? I have a feeling there will be a lot of humor here, and a lot of butting heads with Tony. I think Steve, more than the other characters, is going to go on an emotional journey that is going to severely affect the way he interacts with his fellow Avengers. It’s going to be cool to watch that unfold.
2. Camaraderie. So, yeah, we know that all the characters are going to go toe to toe before they learn to work together. It’s going to be funny and brilliant and interesting, but I can’t wait until they all become teammates (I have a feeling “friends” isn’t really going to be applicable here). At what moment will they choose to put aside their petty differences and learn to fight together? How will it happen and why? Will they learn from the experience or will they be in the same place at the end of the movie that they were at in the beginning of it? We all know how unstoppable they can be when they learn to work together.
1. Joss Whedon. Yep, that’s it. That’s the number one thing I’m looking forward to when I sit down to watch The Avengers: Joss Whedon. I’m looking forward to his take on the story, his trademarked cinematography, and his ever-popular Whedonisms. Not only did Joss direct The Avengers, but he wrote the screenplay for it as well. This gives me great hope for the strength of the narrative, as we all know that big bangs without a good story does not a good movie make. History can attest to his skills, as he has given us such wonderfully written shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly.
So, there you have it – those are the top five things I’m looking forward to in The Avengers movie. What about you? Do you agree or disagree? What would be on your list?