This past weekend four years of speculation, hype, and buzz was sated in the form of The Avengers. Over the last few years I’ve seen cinematic dreams become reality. Some of them have been hugely disappointing (Episode I: The Phantom Menace) and others have been enormously satisfying (Transformers). So how did this cinematic telling of Earth’s mightiest heroes match up?
First off, while I understand that this is not the original canonical Avenger line up, I’m okay with that. I can understand why that wasn’t necessarily feasible considering that Marvel had licensed characters out to other studios prior to their acquisition by Disney. So I’m fine with the lineup.
I enjoyed how similar the storyline was to the original Avengers. Loki being the main adversary, tricking the Hulk into wanton destruction, the battle between heroes, and finally the team pulling together to fend off the invading forces of the Chitauri (The Ultimates version of the Skrulls) from another dimension. I also enjoyed the dialogue that continued the development of the characters from Tony Stark‘s (Robert Downey Jr.) witty flowing snipes to Steve Roger‘s (Chris Evans) straight laced sensibilities. I thought the performance by Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner was spot on for someone who’s a bit paranoid after spending a few years running.
Overall, I thought it was a good movie. It kept true to the important parts with the minor exception of the Skrull shift changing ability and progressed the story further for whatever sequels are in the works for individual franchises. While I have high hopes for Avengers 2, I’m not sure how well they’ll be able to keep all the players the same which with this type of franchise is essential.