Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

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The EYG MCU Rewatch has hit a milestone.  After five films setting up the characters, Marvel Studios brought them all together in a crossover event unlike any Hollywood had ever seen.  In an unprecedented move, Marvel Studios combined the heroes into a super hero team known as the Avengers.

Captain America, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye had all been introduced prior to the film, whether in their own film or as a guest star, and now the team-up of all movie team ups brought them together.

Marvel’s The Avengers was inducted into the EYG Hall of Fame in 2012.

The question about whether or not director/writer Joss Whedon was going to be able to provide proper screen time for his large cast of heroes was a huge point of contention before the film was released.  One of the elements of The Avengers was that each hero had his/her moment to shine.  Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) may have been the one to suffer because of the plot point of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) taking control of Hawkeye’s mind.  Other than that, the members of the Avengers (and Fury, Coulson, Loki) all had their moments.

There are so many awesome parts of the Avengers including the Thor/Iron Man/Cap fight, the Hulk and Thor, the Hulk rag-dolling Loki, Stark and Cap, Stark and Banner, the Battle of New York, the death of Coulson and so on.

The success of The Avengers really started Marvel Studios rolling.  This was the first film released by Marvel Studios after the purchase by Disney and made the Mouse over a billion and a half dollars at the box office.

The Alan Silvestri score is outstanding as well, punctuating each moment of power and drama with sound and fury.

And even with all of the pomp and circumstance of the movie, they did not forget that the Marvel movies are about character, first and foremost.  The film found moments for character growth for everybody.  We learned more about the relationship between Natasha and Clint.  We see Stark’s continued evolution.  The relationship between Thor and Loki gets its moment.  And Phil Coulson is unexpectedly vital to the film.

The Avengers is still one of the great event films of all time and was a tribute to planning and execution.  Many studios tried to copy the idea of Marvel Studios but few could succeed.  Marvel Studios did and The Avengers is the first jewel in the crown.


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