Seven things that will make the Avengers movie awesome
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It's been four years, three super heroes, two Hulks and one eye patched Samuel L Jackson in the making, but this spring the Avengers will finally be assembled. The Earth's mightiest heroes, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor will ruck it out on the big screen, and it couldn't come sooner. I, like many other marvel fans, have been waiting in anticipation for this motion picture event ever since they started adding the teasers at the end of The Incredible Hulk. So then, what makes me so excited about the biggest super-hero mash up since Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends? Well I hope that I can convey to you what is making me giggle like the little comic-collector in me who's just found a mint tales of Suspense 39 (first appearance of Iron Man mofos).
Robert Downey Jr.
The one thing that would have made or broke the Iron Man films was who they chose to play Tony stark. Needless to say, Mr Downey Jr was the perfect choice to play this roll. From the swagger, the quips and the fact he just looks the part, I couldn't think of anyone else who could fit in those heavy metal boots. Now I like a sarcastic hero, someone who always has a witty remark no matter the circumstance. I already know that Tony stark will be my favourite character in the Avengers movie, just from the teaser trailers alone. Steve Rogers' - aka Captain Americas'- remark "big man in a suit of armour. Take that away - what are you?" is greeted by a zinger of a line from Tony, "A genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist. " I'm looking forward to more banter like this in the movie.
The boomerang hammer and Frisbee shield.
If there was an award for most broken weapon in the whole of marvel, then Thor’s hammer would be a strong contender. Apart from giving the wielder immense god-like strength, and the power to summon thunder and lightening anywhere, the boomerang hammer -as I like to call it - can be thrown like a missile, and return to the owners hand in an instant. The pure ownage it caused to the frost giants at the beginning of Thor just showed off its almighty power. I'm looking forward to seeing that hammer bouncing off some bad guy skulls (or did I mean Skrulls?). In a similar manner, I'm hoping for a few more trick shots from Captain Americas shield. Not only is it bullet-proof and virtually indestructible, but Cap skilfully bounces it off a couple of tanks like a game of pong, taking out quite a few hydra soldiers in the process.
The mysterious box at the end of Thor
I'm sure you all sat through the credits of Thor to see the teaser at the end. I'm also sure that you'll be wondering, what on earth was that thing Loki was having a gander at. This means only one thing for the Avengers film - plot device! All sources point towards this mysterious glowing box to be a cosmic cube, a device, that if you don't know your marvel, can warp and reshape reality to whatever the user wishes. The possibilities of something this powerful could be rather interesting. Seeing how Loki wants it for himself, it will be a major cause of conflict, probably resulting in the villain getting his grubby hands on the cube and causing mayhem. Due to the same cube (or at least a very similar device) being the main source of Hydras' power in Captain America, and the fact it was found embedded in very Norse carvings, you can bet there's a significant link that ties both Thor and Captain America together.
Captain America Vs. Thor Vs. Iron Man
Now what would a big crossover of super heroes be without a little hero on hero duelling. A comic book staple for years, both marvel and DC's finest vigilantes have pitted both muscle and wit against each other. More often than not conflict comes from simple misunderstandings, or loyalties that are higher than simple friendships with other heroes. Naturally with a film full of super heroes, a scuffle has to ensue. There is already evidence in the first Avengers trailer, with a pretty pissed-looking Thor bringing down the hammer on Captain America's shield. How the god of thunder's mighty mallet fares against caps' virtually indestructible vibranium shield has me quivering in anticipation. I'm pretty sure that you'll have watched the latest trailer by now, and it looks like Iron Man wants in on the action. Tony wasn't kidding when he said he doesn’t play nice with others! Not only will it be an explosive turn of events, but I'm even more curious as to why the main three characters turn on each other. Whatever the reason, it'll be a twist in the story that I'm hoping will blow me away.
Through leaks of pre post-production pictures on the internet, it's pretty much certain that the secondary main antagonists will be the Skrulls. A race of intergalactic warlords, they use their shape-shifting powers to infiltrate their enemies' home worlds in order to take over from within. This was the plot-line of the epic 'secret invasion' arc that crossed over in many marvel comics in 2008. Through various leaks we've seen Captain America facing off against a guy in a motion capture suit (before all the editing) who is wearing one heck of an alien weapon. All the trailers point towards a large scale invasion of earth, which seems to be in some way under the command of Loki, the major antagonist. I’ve got to admit, after all the build-up, all the secret teasers and the big billing this film is getting, The Avengers needs nothing short of a full-blown war to really set the stakes high enough, and to set the movie apart from any other super-hero film. I do have one concern: the Skrulls are well known, as I have already mentioned, for infiltration and subterfuge. So far all we've seen of this mysterious invasion force is a lot of space ships and a lot of fire power. If these guys are truly Skrulls, then I hope they don’t stray to far away from their comic counterparts. It would be a shame to see them lose what sets them apart from other generic invading alien races.
The Incredible Hulk
Hands down, Hulk is one of my favourite heroes (or should it be anti-hero?) in comics. If you don't know why, then go read Planet Hulk and World War Hulk now. Although the first live-action movie didn’t do the green machine justice, his second outing, aptly prefixed Incredible, really allowed Mr “you wouldn’t like me when I'm angry”, to flex his muscles. What Hulk needs in these big-budget films is a big old monster or unbelievably strong enemy to smash. Luckily The Avengers provides just this. The most recent footage from the film sees Bruce Banners' Gamma radiation-powered alter ego leaping through space crafts and rampaging through what looks like either a subway or underground facility. Tony stark holds big green in such high regard, and it looks like Hulk will be the ace in the hole that pulls off some super-human feat of daring that clinches the final battle of the film in the Avengers favour. Retorting to Loki's, “I have an army,” Mr Stark simply replies, “We have a Hulk.” Heck all I need for him to do is say “HULK SMASH!” and I'll be happy till the end of my days. Well I am a simple man with simple pleasures. Oh and one more thing, like in 2008's Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno - the man who was the Hulk in the 70s TV drama – is reprising his most notable character. Well Hulk's voice that is.
Samuel L. Jackson, AKA Nick Fury
The man behind the mysterious group S.H.I.E.L.D, and proprietor of the Avengers initiative, Nick Fury -played by the very talented Samuel L Jackson- will be getting more than ten minutes of screen time this May. Mr Jackson always brings his wit and humour with his superior acting, and can play pretty much any type of character under the sun. Now so far Nick Fury's involvement with Tony Stark and company has been to recruit them into his Avengers project, leaving much to be guessed as to his motives in hiring the world's most powerful individuals. Marvel made a great decision in making Samuel L Jackson the face of Nick Fury. Since 2002, Marvel have been using Samuel L Jackson's likeness for Nick Fury's Ultimate Universe character design, albeit without the actor's permission at first. What this does mean is that Mr Jackson doesn't need to step into the part, because he already is the part. Couple this with Iron Man's contemporary armour design and all the Avengers tie-in films staying faithful to their source material, and you have a film that feels like it belongs in the Marvel universe. Heck any man that can get three massive egos to play along deserves all my praise.
For me, May 4th couldn’t come any sooner. This sort of super-hero team-up is what I've been dreaming for since I was a child. Sure it may not win best film at the Oscars, and it wont make you start an internal monologue questioning your views on philosophy. It will however blow my socks off with its high octane thrills, great characterisation of my favourite heroes and a pay off for watching all those teasers after the films. In preparation I’ve already arranged a movie night to watch all of the preceding films to make the experience even greater (well I am a true geek at heart). I hope you're all as excited as me, and looking forward to a marvellous time. So until next time true believers, EXCELSIOR!!!!
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