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Quint chimes in with his thoughts on The Avengers!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. We’re living in a fascinating time for cinematic storytelling. We really are. Think about what Warner Bros recently did with Harry Potter. They began a film franchise based on a book series that was only about halfway done and not only did the films turn out very well, but they were able to mirror the books in an amazing and unprecedented way. In the novels, the storytelling matured in step with its target audience, going from simple fantasy to intricate phone book-sized epic war story. The movies were able to capture that with almost no loss to continuity (everybody pour a little whiskey on the ground for the late, great Richard Harris).

With the release of Marvel’s The Avengers we have a similar movie miracle. This is the closest we’ll get to the type of immersive storytelling that our current run of great TV enjoys through the sheer ability to build up to their climaxes over hours and hours of character development.

Over the last half dozen years we’ve gotten to know Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Nick Fury, Pepper Potts and Agent Coulson. We know the history that they share. We know that there’s a little love between Thor and Loki despite being enemies. We know that Steve Rogers is a soldier out of time, a leader that is out of his element. We know all of this before one frame rolls on Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.

 

 

Marvel’s been incredibly smart in setting this up, giving us a moving image version of reading comics. It’s kind of ridiculous when you think about it all. The fact that it all built up to this point and the house of cards didn’t come crashing down due to ego, greed, legal mumbo jumbo or filmmaker/producer hubris is a bona fide miracle.

So, not only is it a marvel (see what I did there?) of build up, but Joss Whedon took a flying leap at the extremely well set up ball and spiked it so hard that there’s a permanent indentation in the earth where it hit. Okay, that’s a bit hyperbolic even for AICN.

My point is he did good. And as the resident non-slobbering Browncoat around these parts I gotta say I was a bit skeptical going in. Firefly was fun, but looked cheap even for early aughts TV. Serenity looked like what the show should have looked like and it didn’t particularly work for me as a standalone movie. I don’t hate the dude, I just didn’t get the fervor for him.

But that guy has decided 2012 is the year he wins me over. Between Cabin in the Woods and Avengers I guess I better go sign up for the fan club and drink whatever Kool-Aid they hand me.

I wouldn’t call The Avengers a perfect movie, but it’s the easiest to like of any of the Marvel films. Once the group begins to form I found zero problem becoming completely engrossed in the film. The first 20 or so minutes are decent, but the movie shifts into second gear when Thor shows up and from that point on it’s buckle-your-seatbelt and hold on to the end if you know what I mean.

All the strongest character work happens between the Avengers as a team starts to form. Whedon’s biggest success is finding ways to make them feel like a team without diminishing the rich characters that we’ve come to know cinematically over the last 6 or so years.

He was also able to do all that while expanding on both Black Widow and Hawkeye as characters. In fact, they do something very interesting and unexpected with Hawkeye that surprised me. I won’t say what that is, but it happens early and makes for an interesting way to get to know the character’s history.

As you’d expect from Whedon, Scarlett Johansson gets some meaty character moments. Not just badass chick moments, but she gets to kick some brain ass, too. She’s smart and manipulative and Johansson really rocks it. Coming off of her iffy performance in Iron Man 2 she was one of the many pleasant surprises of the film for me.

Downey knows Tony Stark and Tony Stark gets many moments to shine as well. That was less expected since most expected this to be Tony Stark’s The Avengers. The strength of the film is that while Iron Man is a massive part of the narrative it isn’t his movie. It isn’t anybody’s movie, it’s everybody’s movie. Everybody gets a moment to be a badass and everybody gets a meaty dramatic moment.

Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans are all rock solid, Jeremy Renner gets to actually show us why he’s a good fit within the team, but there’s two MVPs of the movie I must talk about.

First up is Tom Hiddleston. Loki’s alien army isn’t really focused upon. In an odd way they’re not the main threat of the movie, despite their numbers and the amount of destruction that marks their arrival. It’s Loki’s lust for power and the insane intelligence he employs to achieve it that’s the real challenge for The Avengers. He’s having fun and it’s off-putting. Hiddleston juggles going from charming to threatening with an almost supernatural ease.

Giving this group a worthy adversary was crucial to the film working, so the fact that Whedon nailed Loki’s threat is a huge reason why the whole damn thing works.

But as fantastic as Hiddleston is, as perfect as Tony Stark’s relationship with the rest of the group is, the real secret weapon of the movie is The Hulk… which is fitting because it’s kind of the team’s secret weapon as well.

Sure, I would have liked the continuity to have worked out, but with all due respect to Edward Norton and Eric Bana, Mark Ruffalo nails Banner in a way that we haven’t seen on the big screen. He gets to play Banner as someone who has come to terms with who he is. He has executed enough control over “the other guy” that he doesn’t feel like he’s an inch away from cutting his wrists while listening to The Cure the whole movie.

 

 

The Hulk himself is perfectly handled. I’m not quite sure they explained why he can Hulk out and pose a threat to his teammates one minute and the next time be a team player well enough, but I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this is the very best, truest to the character version of the big brute that’s made it to the big screen. He gets some really awesome hero moments and a couple of beats that caused the audience to (no shit) erupt into applause. I'm talking rock concert-like applause and cheering.

I’d be remiss in not giving Clark Gregg some props, too. Whedon did a very interesting thing with Coulson this time out. He made Agent Coulson us. He’s a fanboy in the movie. Coulson grew up worshipping Cap and even has some vintage Captain America trading cards that he nervously asks Steve Rogers to sign. He’s a geek! And he’s also brave. When I said everybody gets a great hero moment that includes Coulson.

Nick Fury gets a few himself, but honestly of everybody in the script I think ol’ One-Eye gets the short end of the stick. It’s Tony and Steve that are the ones most in charge of the team, with Fury doing some subtle behind-the-scenes maneuvering. Fury has one legitimately great moment, where he gives a character a much-needed push at a crucial moment, but other than that I didn’t really feel that he was the one pulling the strings of the team. He’s more the kid that sets up the dominos and hopes like hell they all fall the way they’re supposed to.

The only person I didn’t much care for in the movie was Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill. Ms. Smulder is ridiculously beautiful, but she gives some horrible line readings in this film. She doesn't have much to do, so it never became more than slightly irritating. I just hope she makes a similar jump from Avengers to Avengers 2 that Johansson made from Iron Man 2 to Avengers.

On a technical level the film felt just big enough. The TV spots make it look a little cheaper than I felt it looked in the cinema, but the 3D might have played into me overlooking some of the photography. The 3D was actually really good. I did cross my eyes a couple times when those giant metal armored flying slug things fly around New York City, but on the whole I was mightily impressed. Chalk up another victory there since I’m not exactly the biggest 3D fan either.

Bottom line, the movie’s ridiculously fun, each character’s voice is exactly what it needs to be and the chemistry between the group is perfect. The stakes are as high as they need to be, so it doesn’t feel like any one of the Avengers could have stood up to this threat against humanity on their own. In other words, The Avengers is everything a giant tentpole summer release is supposed to be. It’s engaging on a dramatic level as well as a visceral level, is real when it needs to be, but embraces the fantasy of the situation with gleeful delight.

And speaking of delight, there’s going to be a collective thunderclap of crap hitting geek pants upon seeing the big stinger a couple minutes into the closing credits. If you’re a comic book fan it will make you wish they had secretly filmed Avengers 2 at the same time as the first and that we didn’t have to wait until 2015 for the sequel.

Full disclosure, I did visit the set. I don’t like to write reviews for movies I’ve been to the set of because it’s kind of a no-win situation. If I like it then it must be because I felt special for seeing them film for a day and if I hate it then it must be because they didn’t make me feel special enough on the set visit. However, I was by no means an easy sell on this and when I ended up liking it as much as I did I couldn’t help but break this self-imposed rule and chat it up on here.

If you choose to disregard my opinion I understand, but the above is my honest response to the film. I never give you guys anything but an honest reaction and I hope I’ve earned your trust in the 16-odd years I’ve been typing words at you.

But I will say Joss Whedon gives a-MAZE-ing backrubs.

Seriously though, the movie works and thank the movie gods it does or else it would have been a depressing start to the geeky 2012 summer season.

 

 

-Eric Vespe
”Quint”
quint@aintitcool.com
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  • April 30, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Puny God

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Hulk Smash *gives Nick Fury $10*

  • April 30, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Saw it friday

    by RoyBattysBatter

    Its awesome. That is all.

  • April 30, 2012, 7:21 a.m. CST

    cedhollywood - EXACTLY

    by NeoMyers

    WHEN?

  • coz the post credits scene is all cgi and no avengers. was it all just chat from those guys? i thought aicn had "inside" word that it did take place??

  • April 30, 2012, 7:28 a.m. CST

    what's with the plea to be believed?

    by animas

    I appreciate the disclosure and trust quint, but begging to be trusted sounds a little contrite. I didn't like this movie very much especially on the technical details of direction and I already accept that I will be in the minority.

  • April 30, 2012, 7:32 a.m. CST

    saw it last week

    by Shawn F.

    Very enjoyable. Great cast and the third act is great. One of Hulk's big moments has to be the funniest thing I have seen in a Hollywood film in years. Those who have seen the movie already should know what I am referring to.

  • April 30, 2012, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Thin

    by Quint

    I'm wondering if they didn't film something to be put at the very end of the credits for the US theatrical release.

  • April 30, 2012, 7:38 a.m. CST

    animas

    by Quint

    Didn't mean for it to come off as begging for trust, just wanted it out in the open that I visited the set in case you're a reader that might care about such things. A lot of talkbackers assume that's an automatic conflict of interest, so I just wanted to state my case.

  • April 30, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Avengers 2

    by rakesh patel

    I really want pym. not ant man, but giant man. I loved this movie. Haven't had a movie i've waited for so long turn out so right. Is there a extra end credit on the 3d verision? 2d only had the in space scene with the big T

  • April 30, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST

    quint

    by thinboyslim.

    nothing at the very end credits in the UK print, only the mid-credit sequel setup

  • April 30, 2012, 7:42 a.m. CST

    shawn

    by thinboyslim.

    you could be referring to 2 scenes that were hilarious involving the hulk, either the puny god scene or the straight arm punch scene.

  • Everyone stayed in their seats right till the end and then the lights came up and nothing. Only the mid credits scene.

  • April 30, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST

    thin part 2

    by Quint

    Yeah, but the film was released much earlier in the UK. They were talking about filming something just a couple weeks ago. That's why I'm wondering if it's a little zinger that'll go on the US credits. At least I hope so. I always want more. If they really wanted to blow us away they'd have Tony hanging out on the balcony of Stark Tower and Spider-Man stopping by to say hi. That's surely the next big surprise step from Marvel, working out limited deals with Sony and Fox to incorporate the Marvel characters they own. Can you imagine the insanity? If Zemeckis could get Bugs and Mickey in the same frame, anything is possible...

  • April 30, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST

    I can't wait to hear George R.R. Martin's opinion on the film.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    I can't wait to see this on Amazon Prime. November can't come soon enough.

  • April 30, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    HULK!!

    by Mike Holdbrook

    Great review and yeh, Hulk stole the show. Lends itself to multiple viewings..I'm gonna see it again this weekend! And I haven't seen a film for a second time at the flicks since T2 came out!! TDKR and Spidey have got to be good to compete and I don't think they will come close! Over $200,000 already and it's not even in the States yet. SMASH!!!

  • April 30, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    People applauded at the end of this film and that very very rarely happens in UK cinemas.

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

    and no mobile phone intrusions either. I guess if the film is good enough it will capture anyones attention for a couple of hours.

  • April 30, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST

    no fair, we get it early but you guys get secret footage

    by thinboyslim.

    i'd trade in a heartbeat. no kidding a crossover would be immense but i'd prefer the setup to be cap drinking in a bar and being approached by....wolverine, sharing a joke about whose the oldest out of them both.

  • April 30, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Quint, re. the extra scene: UK

    by King_Knut

    I went to the press screening in the UK a few weeks ago (I think it was the day after the LA premiere), and the extra scene was shot one or two days either side of that, so no way did it make the press cut. I then went and saw the full release last night (still great, btw), and there was no new scene right at the end, no surprise cameos... in fact, I couldn't tell any difference. The only line I didn't remember from the first screening was "Dost thy mother know that thou art wearing her drapes?", although that might have been because the press screening was laughing so hard at the line before it.

  • April 30, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    A JLA movie won't be even be considered if Man of steel is a flop.

    by Cedric Ford

  • April 30, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST

    F'ing loved it.

    by Gabba-UK

    It really can not be overstated enough. The final third is the Hulks movie. The scene which is being spoke of by those who saw it round a round of applause at the Leicster Square showing I was at on Saturday lunchtime, me included. We're Brits. We NEVER clap in a movie unless its a midnight showing and there's drink involved.

  • April 30, 2012, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Avengers 2 : Grand Theft America!!!!!!!

    by Cedric Ford

  • April 30, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    LOVED the movie (twice), but that one HUGE goof still bugs me...

    by brightgeist

    how did the SHIELD jet and Iron Man fly over to Germany in like 15 minutes??

  • April 30, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    ROCKS!

    by lee seymour

    The film was an honestto god MARVEL it really was it reminded me of the good ol days where spectacle and brilliance were used more than once like RAIDERS/BLADE RUNNER/ALIEN/ALIENS/PREDATOR/ROBOCOP most 80's 90's stuff. Quint i've totally been thinking of MARVEL secretley incorperating SPIDER-MAN in some way i mean in 2 months were getting a new film which is a reboot/remake, so why not try to make some wishes come true. like you said Bugs & Mickey shared the sccreen back in 88, so it aint impossible. Id also like to have seen some mini easter eggs like for eg in NEW YORK in the final battle it'd been ace to see for eg Cap been knocked to the ground by one of the Alien soldiers and his shield just an arms reach away and the Alien takes aim and about to pull the trigger then BANG the alien is shot and killed and drops to the ground CAP gets up and looks to the rooftops and sees a man with a sniper rifle giving CAP the thumbs up. This Sniper would have been in all black with a certain white skull on the front of his shirt, a great way for a wider audience to see THE PUNISHER. Or one of the Alien's mini aircrafts are pursuing Stark and one get caught in a web, just little things like that wouldve been awesome. P.s with a bad ass Alien threat and IRON MAN having the tech to go supersonic speeds why didnt he call WAR MACHINE in for support? think about but just saying thats all.

  • April 30, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Another post-credits scene...

    by Archibald24

    ...would be a total lack of respect to the millions of people who have already seen the film. I doubt it's gonna happen.

  • April 30, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Full (2000 word) review with very light spoilers.

    by tyler_turden

    I have the good fortune to catch this during the week. I really liked it but I wasn't blown away. I'm going to check it out again tomorrow (because, hey, it's The Avengers!). Here is a link to my detailed review. I'd love to know what you guys think. http://thecrat.com/reviews/adam-vs-the-avengers/

  • April 30, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    additional shoot

    by brightgeist

    i think it has already been said that the additional shoot wasn't for the AVENGERS movie as such. maybe they shot something for a new MARVEL ONE SHOT for the AVENGERS blu-ray.

  • April 30, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    I've Never Doubted Quint...

    by chad kuhns

    ....or the dudes integrity when it comes to reviews. Never led me astray yet, so I have no doubt Avengers is every bit as awesome as he says it is.

  • April 30, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST

    My review.

    by Fortunesfool

    The Dirty (half) Dozen meets the Marvel Universe. Get the team together, let them squabble, set them loose. That’s it in a nutshell. The culmination of Marvel’s movie experiment has finally landed and, against all the odds, is the best by far. I gave a sigh of relief when Joss Whedon was announced as the man calling the shots. Even more so when Zak Penn’s screenplay was mostly binned and Joss got to work with the words. If Whedon knows one thing, it’s how to write multi character pieces and he delivers big time here. Things get off to a shaky start with an exposition heavy, clunky opening that was a bit too close to the Transformers DEEP VOICE EXPOSITION opener. About twenty minutes later though, my initial reservations were gone. Once Nick Fury (Samuel L jackson) and the ever brilliant Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) start getting the team together the movie ratchets up a few notches, the gears start ticking over and it’s full steam ahead. One memorable scene follows another and you’re soon struggling to remember Tony Stark putdowns as they come too fast to keep up (“No hard feelings Point Break” to Thor is a doozy though). And then there’s the Hulk. The movie was always gonna stand or fall on how well the Hulk was integrated. Fear not. Some of the most crowd-pleasing (and funny) scenes in the movie are Hulk-centric and he works a charm. Whedon makes sure that all the characters get their time to shine though so it’s not just the Tony Stark and Hulk show. Tom Hiddleston has a lot of fun with his ‘big bad’ Loki and gets some great verbal tete a tetes with assorted Avengers. Safe to say that the Hulk gets the last word though ☺ With the Avengers finally assembled, the action begins to pick up with an extended second act set piece leading towards the exhilarating final showdown against Loki and his army of alien … things. If I had to pick a fault in the film (other than the clunky opening) it’s the villians. Fun though Loki is, he’s just a bit of an arse and not particularly ‘evil’ and the alien army is little more than CG cannon fodder for out heroes to smack about at the end. Not that you’ll care though, as you’ll be having too much fun. Technically, it’s top notch across the board. Whedon stages his action scenes with clarity and editing in mind. The action flows as opposed to assaults. Cinematography is clean and crisp. The 3D is superfluous but still looked good in the IMAX screening I attended. Alan Silvestri’s score is disappointingly bland and lacks the bombastic themes and motif’s that the film deserves. Okay, lets be realistic here. It’s not a modern masterpiece. It’s not gonna be dissected in film schools across the world. It is, however, a solid, supremely entertaining, beautifully crafted bit of escapist fun. The kind of movie you always want from a big Hollywood blockbuster but hardly ever get. If you’re not a fan of superhero movies, and haven’t been following the Marvel movie universe so far, this isn’t for you. If you’re a certified movie/comic book geek then prepare for a sore face because your gonna be grinning from ear to ear for the best part of two hours.

  • April 30, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST

    slightly spoilerish

    by Johnboy40

    So dont read on if you dont want a spolier I find myself wondering if the Maria Hill character will fill the Coulson role in the second sequence of movies leading up to Avengers 2

  • April 30, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    My Reservations about the film:

    by Jaster Mareel

    I haven't seen it yet so I want to know the following: 1) Is Cap's costume (and particularly helmet) as totally fucking gay in the film as it has apeared in every single piece of marketing, including the pic in this article? 2) Are there and Whedonisms? Are the characters all sarcastic, snarky jackasses? You know, like ALL Whedon characters?

  • April 30, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Oh and Quint, you're the shit man.

    by Jaster Mareel

    Everyone knows you are the best part of this site. That goes without saying.

  • April 30, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Saw this yesterday...

    by sadsongco

    ...had to stop myself irresponsibly going back to see it again today. I liked it.

  • April 30, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    wrath of fett

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

    ! Caps costume while not as cool / realistic as in the first avenger works fine. it fits in with the absurdities of the universe and doesnt look out of place. Also when not fighting he just sort of sits around in it like Thor does so it becomes what he is wearing and thats it. Helmet is a bit weird but he loses that near the beginning of the final battle and Thor never wears his, they just gave up on that I think. 2 90% of the Whedonisms are channeled through Tony Stark and he was like that anyway so its not that noticeable and the others are allowed to have their own voices and breathe as characters.

  • April 30, 2012, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Plant! Sell-Out!

    by Blanket-Man

    Just kidding, Quint - nice review. I pretty much agree with every word. As I wrote in another thread, this is the best HULK movie we could ever ask for. He's best suited as a supporting player, and Whedon plays him just right. One minor quibble that just occurred to me: I would've liked to have seen the Hulk injured/threatened at some point. He seems completely indestructible in the final battle, and it makes me wonder if any of the other Avengers were even necessary to eliminate the threat (other than maybe Cap, who somehow conjured up the ability to give Hulk orders near the end!).

  • April 30, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    @harrysafucktard, thanks man!

    by Jaster Mareel

    That's exactly what I wanted to know. Yes Tony Stark is a fucking dick, always has been, always will be. So Whedon is actually the perfect writer for him. It will make Civil War oh the sweeter.

  • April 30, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Is it just me, or is Samuel L Jackson just not cool enough anymore.

    by Fortunesfool

    I think a few of his scenes are reliant on him being Samuel L 'motherfuckin' Jackson, but he's just not that guy anymore. Not a huge complaint, as I frickin loved the movie (Easily the most fun and satisfying blockbuster in years) just an observation.

  • April 30, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    The Hulk

    by mcm

    The Hulk probably went a bit looney because Loki's staff screwed with their emotions. When Banner came back on the motorbike, it was a calm and focused Hulk that joined the fight, where Banner was more in control.

  • and critical to the story as the heroes and introduce the Legion of Doom.

  • April 30, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Warner Brothers are fucked cos...

    by Mike Holdbrook

    They can't do a JLA / Darkseid story...Marvel would have got their first...;-). Anyway, I'm expecting Green Lantern to turn up at the end of Man Of Steel...

  • April 30, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Warner should have done a JLA movie a long fucking time ago

    by Jaster Mareel

    They fucked themselves by being second place. But there's no reason they can't do a Darseid JLA movie. It's not like the world would say =Fuck that! Marvel already did it!= As big as the Marvel characters are, and the films have GREATLY elevated them, DC is still tops. Yes they bungled Green Lantern and Superman recently, but Batman alone puts them on another level.

  • April 30, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Great Review Quint, and unlike the trailers you gave nothing away

    by TallanDagwood

    I saw this last week, and I was impressed on multiple levels. It was epic film making that felt under control of a master. It had intimate character moments, but it was never afraid to embrace the humor. I too agree that the film took off when Thor arrived, and the way Whedon handled Downey Jr.was the key to making this movie work. Simply because his personality and his box office, was bigger than all the rest, it could have been Tony Stark and the Avengers, but Whedon focused everyone on the bigger picture, and it was perfect the way they came together and Cap took on his natural leadership role. It has nothing to do with how much power you have, but how men respect what you do with it. I would be remiss if I did not mention Hulk. The audience went insane. I have rarely seen people stand up and clap during a movie, but that is what happened in the greatest and funniest Hulk scene of them all, which i will not spoil, but that scene deserves its own wing in the pantheon of great scenes. No, not a perfect movie, it had to overcome its own inertia in the first part, but when it hit it's stride, nothing was going to stop it. This will be a monster hit

  • April 30, 2012, 10:09 a.m. CST

    All I can say is Thor 2 better have Beta Ray Bill.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • April 30, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    @grammaton cleric binks

    by TallanDagwood

    A hearty second of that motion sir!

  • April 30, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST

    SECRET SCENE TO BE TACKED ONTO US RELEASE CREDITS?

    by Darth Busey

    Involving Nathan Fillion as "Dr. Pym"???

  • April 30, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Extra scene

    by JADSTERSDAD

    My money, if I had any, would go on this appearing in IM3

  • April 30, 2012, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Quint ("thin part 2")

    by stopdavestop

    Exactly, I made a case for this a week or so ago. If they can work in a quickie appearance of Spider-Man, it'd be a win-win for both movies (and, by extension, both movie companies). Does anyone know where Andrew Garfield was on the night they did that extra filming??

  • April 30, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Thursday can't come fast enough.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • April 30, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Quint: Re Thin Part 2

    by NubtheSquirrel

    The only reason Zemeckis was able to get Bugs and Mickey on screen together, was Spielberg who shopped around and was brilliant in getting everyone together the way he did. But there were so many conditions that Warner put up for their appearance together. Mickey and Bugs had to have the exact number of lines of dialogue, they would only allow Bugs to have his appearance IF he shared the screen with Mickey, and several others. That said, I would love to know that the characters run by the other studios are in the same universe but making it happen would be something short of a miracle. Glad you enjoyed the movie though. I cannot wait for Friday.

  • I like both characters and they should get a chance to shine but in a Shield movie. They should be given just enough to do in an Avengers flick but not be like team members. Their are to many Avengers out there that I would love to see and they didn't make it into a movie. So no way do i want Fury and Hill to eat up screen time that two other Avengers could've.

  • All comic book characters are the same: they all suck. There's a reason why real film makers don't make these movies. remember that.

  • April 30, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword

    by Bob

    Sad troll is sad I see. Have a nice day.

  • April 30, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword - well aren't you just the happy little idiot

    by Michael Lunney

  • April 30, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST

    @melgibsoncalledmethenword lol

    by Mark

    Calling people on AICN Nerds, considering its pretty much a nerd website makes you look so stupid its hilarious.

  • April 30, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Quint, anyone that doesn't think your review is bona fide is full of shit

    by AlienFanatic

    Honestly, you are a guy I really appreciate reading on AICN. The Kidd is rapidly rising to your level, though, so watch your back! As for the rest, I'm not a comic book fan but I enjoy fun movies and I'm looking forward to my chosen showing this Saturday. That said, I'm holding most of my unbridled lust for Prometheus, though sadly I think it will ultimately disappoint.

  • April 30, 2012, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Yeah melgibsoncalledmethenword, cuz...

    by Chris Sorrentino

    ...Richard Donner, Bryan Singer, Joe Johnston and Chris Nolan didn't do anything with their careers to qualify them as good directors...

  • April 30, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Unfortunately I can't read any of these spoiler reviews....

    by cookylamoo

    And by the time I can, the only one searchable will be Harrys.

  • April 30, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    For the love of Buddah, and all that is Holy......

    by DANGER_DIABOLIK_

    .....why? why? why? Did you have to use terminology like MVP????? It's not an (American) sport.

  • Superman, TDK, The Crow, and Blade are laughing at you!

  • April 30, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Rumours about the credits

    by Bop N Rumble

    I read somewhere that Coulson will be Vision.

  • April 30, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword

    by kbass

    In the long and storied history of AICN...and the many, many asinine comments which have been made on a variety of subjects...yours has immediately risen to the top of the dumbass list. Congratulations!

  • April 30, 2012, 12:54 p.m. CST

    re - bopnrumble

    by DANGER_DIABOLIK_

    You're hearing fan theories only about Coulson...only Thanos is in the mid-credits...

  • April 30, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    JLA OR HOW DC COULD TOP THIS

    by rakesh patel

    Have you seen the cinematic trailer for DC Universe On-line on you tube? I'm not a gamer, i cant say anything about the game cause i haven't played it. but damm that a fricking great concept an elseworlds JLA. It's epic. watch it, i could totally go for a trilogy with this, and its got an automatic reboot built into it for setting up the next three with a earth prime setup.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    So all the haters will now apologize right?

    by Tim Tringle

    When this movie makes more money in one weekend than anything previously and then garners massive critical acclaim? Plus they'll stop giving Joss Whedon fans the finger every chance they get now that they get to see Joss's genius at work instead of just claiming they watched Buffy? We all know you people just couldn't get past a title like Buffy the vampire slayer, and you probably all ignored Firefly until after it was already canceled so why would you bother watching that. So here is your chance to apologize for all the years of missing out on some of the greatest television and one of the greatest producer/director's that has ever been. Hopefully we won't have to hear a thousand "ughs" every time Whedon's name get's attached to something but I'm pretty sure that won't happen even after everybody acknowledges the Avengers.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword's IP should be permabanned. PERIOD!!

    by Tim Tringle

  • He's a great actor but his version of "The Hulk" had more cliches and tropes in it than you can shake a stick at. I can name at least one director who will NEVER, EVER work with him again. Norton's a smart guy and decently talented, but from all accounts he can be a real pain in the ass to work with. I get the sense that he feels it is his artistic duty responsibility to re-write scenes and dialogue the way HE thinks they should play out. Most actors acknowledge that they are hired to work on someone else's projects and where that particular someone else calls the shots. Not Eddie.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    danger_diabolik_

    by Bop N Rumble

    I know Thanos is in it. I saw him in the credits.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    I'm now entering a protective bubble

    by Itchy

    From now until I see the flick, I will not click on a single internet link that has anything to do with the Avengers. I already feel like I've seen the entire move in one minute clip segments ... need to actively avoid any more spoilers.

  • April 30, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I. AM. SO. FREAKING. EXCITED.

    by fuzzy_dunlop

    Thursday seems like way too far off...

  • April 30, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    That post-credits scene...

    by MattDomville

    ...is apparently somethin' else: http://www.cinemabums.com/?p=335

  • April 30, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    melgibsoncalledmethenword

    by The Cheese Grommitt

    LMFAO! You actually sat in front of your computer, visited a genre website, and typed a poorly cobbled together insult regarding fans of genre films and their directers!?! Hee-hee *tears rolling down my cheeks* You did this to get a reaction for some need you have to fill an emptiness AND like clock work a few including myself have answered. I truly can not stop laughing at the psychological defect that would require such action. LMFAO SOME MORE *wipes tear from cheek* thank you for that, good show. I needed that *catching breath* whew!

  • April 30, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Do you reckon DC will tap J. Michael Straczynski to be their "joss"?

    by rakesh patel

    the way i see it wibbly wobbly flashback joss was on tv. he got screwed by the network execs on angel and firefly and on a couple of movies. He's a writer and a director and i suspect not into the politics of things. Having been screwed over a couple of times he figures "fuck these fucks" and keeps busy writing comics. Great move. he is now a player in a whole new network. when comic things are being tapped for film and tv, they are going to come to him because he knows the score. But he knows that to be able to get this shit done and be impresario he needs a powerful patron behind the scenes to watch his back.. in steps Kevin Feige. Feige watches joss back, joss gets on with doing what he does best. DC and Warner exist as two separate entities right? ( Honestly im a bit sketchy on the details) you got comic guys on one side you got movie guys on another. which means you got a whole load of politics and power plays and people stabbing each other in the back to get ahead. DC needs to follow the marvel model. make a dc studios get the best movies guys across and get this shit done. without this foundation, anyone trying to step into the joss / impresario role is going to be fucked. ( think Sam Raimi spiderman 3) you cant make a good movie and whilst running interference from the studio(dick)heads. If someone was really looking at it, we'd have movies consistent with tdk instead of superman returns and gl. with a masterplan to getting the jla ready. as it is they're years behind. I've never watched babylon 5 ( honestly i could never get past the guy with the turkey hair style), although i've heard good things about it. i dunno.. JMS? Nolan would be great but i think he'd want to make other movies.

  • April 30, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    re the Hulk going from a threat to team-mate

    by areyouserious

    When they were all arguing on the helicarrier I was thinking the Loki was somehow amping up their anger and distrust via his staff. That's why Banner didn't realise he'd picked it up, he wasn't totally in control of his thought process. The fact that they then immediately all had to work together broke the spell, except for the one character most ruled by emotion. Nothing was said about this later so I might be wrong...

  • April 30, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    CGI Hulk sucks!

    by hallmitchell

  • April 30, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Mark was good as Dr.Banner.

    by hallmitchell

    Good performance. Nick Fury did not kick enough a$$.

  • April 30, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    tyler_turden

    by GulDucati

    Very poorly written review, and your captions for the pics are horrible.

  • April 30, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    WHY THE FUCK DID THIS OPEN IN EUROPE FIRST!!!

    by MooseMalloy

    The whole world follows Americans in everything we do. Marvel Comics IS America! Pathetic.

  • April 30, 2012, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah cos the whole world loves baseball, American football and obesity.

    by Kill List Hammertime

    Not a Yank hater and I love a lot of things that come from America, but come on.

  • April 30, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    JLA Movie?

    by ThaAtrain

    It will never happen. Not while Nolan concludes his Batman Saga and is running the show on Superman. He has said its all about these guys' individuality.

  • April 30, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    If Avengers makes more money than DKR, Nolan can go fuck himself.

    by hank henshaw

    Warner will want their own "Avengers". Remember that Batman Begins grossed less money than Superman Returns, worldwide. The Dark Knight was huge, but it had a dead actor playing the joker and there was too much TMZ-like buzz surrounding that movie. If Man of Steel disappoints, Warner will thank Nolan for his services and move on to someone else.

  • I honestly just want Batman to reboot already.

  • April 30, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Iron Man was released in 2008...

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    I know it seems like ages ago but this whole franchise only began 4 years ago. Oh, and the reason why Europe's getting this movie early is because we've got a big soccer tournament going on this summer and most of the studios don't want to risk competing with that.

  • April 30, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    See Also

    by Aquatarkusman

    http://www.somethingawful.com/d/current-movie-reviews/avengers-safe.php

  • April 30, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    How quickly will it pass a billion dollars?

    by V'Shael

    Because you know it will.

  • April 30, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    OMG!

    by The Cheese Grommitt

    WHAT AND INSIPID PAINFUL READ!!! Not because he doesn't like the movie but for his shear fingernails on chalk board writing and thought patterns. Thanks aqatarkusman for linking to a vacuum in space that sucks minutes from the lives of those who dare to click! http://www.somethingawful.com/d/current-movie-reviews/avengers-safe.php

  • April 30, 2012, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Thinking about it...having a showdown in NYC

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    and NOT having a Spiderman reference is kinda weird.

  • April 30, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST

    moosemalloy's

    by DANGER_DIABOLIK_

    ....post above, made me laugh my arse off.....incredible.

  • April 30, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Saw it here in the uk last week.....

    by Sbate001

    Had high hopes for this since the announcement that Whedon was at the helm and it doesn't disappoint. Great start to the summer season. My full, spoiler free review can be found here http://www.fivestarflix.com/the-avengers-2/

  • April 30, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Question for fans: Who is....

    by drompter

    ...the blonde girl who appeared several times during the final battle and showed in a news report at the end thanking the Avengers for saving her life? I obviously missed something.

  • April 30, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    drompter

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    She's nobody important. She just saw what Cap did. Her interview at the end is just to show that the Avengers are appreciated by those that saw them first hand instead of couch-media type douches like you get on Fox.

  • April 30, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Was thinking something like that, but still felt curious.

    by drompter

  • Or is the story self-contained enough for someone to watch it cold and follow what's going on?

  • Like, over 200 hours of television. I'm glad you liked it and all. It just seemed weird to use a show that lasted LESS than one SHORTENED season and it's forced follow-up movie as your scale to judge the guys previous work.

  • April 30, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST

    detinue, other movies aren't required but...

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    It's a *much* richer experience if you have seen them first.

  • April 30, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Way for JLA movie to "hit big."

    by MCVamp

  • April 30, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Goddamn keyboard...

    by MCVamp

    Anyway, way for JLA movie to hit big. Starro invasion. What's that, alien invasion? Avengers did it? No, the way to get it done is to have Starro (revamped and renamed of course) take control of earth--including all of the world's Superheroes, who already exist in the universe. A small, unaffected band is introduced--Wonder Woman, Flash, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle. They set about freeing Green Lantern and have to save the world by fighting several dozen DC Heroes and Villains, conveniently masked by mind-controlling starfish so that big-name actors aren't needed. Instant introductions all around.

  • April 30, 2012, 9:54 p.m. CST

    gulducati

    by tyler_turden

    Thanks for the constructive feedback. Are you mad because I didn't bow down in front of The Avengers like others? I think showing some objectivity (even though I love the source material) is a good thing. I'll endeavour to put generic captions on my photos in the future, so that levity is kept at a minimum (as the world needs less laughs right now). I'd love to read your detailed review, where is it?

  • April 30, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    -- diabolik

    by MooseMalloy

    Have you heard British hip-hop/rapping? It's terrible/hilarious. If I didn't watch soccer and listen to drum and bass I would REALLY hate you guys. "Champ-pee-ooons". Oh wait are you British or some other euro? Anyway fuck you for seeing AVENGERS already. "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" indeed!

  • April 30, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    But what does Harold think about it?

    by Kai_Mah'gra

  • April 30, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST

    That's what the massses would like to know....

    by Kai_Mah'gra

    I think we can all guess what his feelings will be, but his prolonged silence and lack of a review (as over-glowingly splurgious as it's likely to be) is highly suspicious or rather suspect. Is it possible that big Red might actually hate this movie? After all, we don't know if he got any pwesents. I keeed, Harry! I keeed!! WE know your enthusiasm for all things geekdom is pure. Looking forward to reading your thoughts.

  • April 30, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST

    kai...

    by MCVamp

    He's still giggling uncontrollably, I'd assume.

  • May 1, 2012, 3:08 a.m. CST

    @detinue - It's like watching Serenity without having seen Firefly.

    by Fortunesfool

  • May 1, 2012, 3:14 a.m. CST

    @drompter

    by capt.haddock

    I thought they were going to make something of that to - I kept expecting that it would be a descendant of Peggy Carter. But since they didn't really specify, chroincallydepressedlemming is prob right.

  • May 1, 2012, 3:19 a.m. CST

    @johnboy40

    by capt.haddock

    Slightly spoilerish.... I think you are right about this one; I think they will slot her into a role like that for Marvel movies Phase 2. If for no other reason than she doesn't seem to have much of a purpose for being in this movie. I was surprised, with Whedon's rep for writing female characters that Maria Hill was just kinda there in this (in support of his rep tho, I thought that Black Widow was way better in this than IM2, and Pepper Pott's scene was breezy and enjoyable.)

  • May 1, 2012, 3:59 a.m. CST

    @detinue

    by capt.haddock

    You could follow along fine without the other movies, all the characters get beats to reestablish what they are about. It stands alone fairly well, but some stuff that gets explained further in the other movies may seem a little thin here. Captain America explains the background for the McGuffin threat and Thor explains the background on the main villain Loki, though both get cursory explanations here. Of any of the previous movies, I'd say The Avengers acts most like a sequel to Thor.

  • May 1, 2012, 4:06 a.m. CST

    @moosemalloy and re: the new 'post credit' scene.

    by leroyspoboys

    moosemalloy: You need to buy a passport pal, and not to just go to Canada or Mexico. There's a whole world out here that couldn't give two shits what the US does. And that's coming from an American who lives out here amongst them. As far as the post credits scene they filmed recently (not the mid credits one with Thanos)...someone mentioned it before, I bet it is indeed for the end of Iron Man 3...setting up Avengers 2. I sincerely doubt it will be Spider-Man related. Sony will be sucking that tit dry until our kids are retirement age.

  • May 1, 2012, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Where's LisaB these days?

    by boosebaster

  • May 1, 2012, 5:23 a.m. CST

    Loved it, but two [spoilery] questions...

    by boosebaster

    1) Why did Tony go unconscious after flying through the portal? The suit has the ability to keep him breathing doesn't it? Like underwater at the beginning? 2) Why didn't Thor catch Tony? Hulk catching him made story sense but not logical sense. Why was Thor standing there with the rest thinking "OMG! He's falling! What can we do?!"

  • May 1, 2012, 6:04 a.m. CST

    boosebaster

    by javery56

    Thor was winding up his hammer to fly and catch him but the hulk beat him to it. Dont know the answer to your first question, but I don't see an oxygen tank anywhere on that suit of his.

  • May 1, 2012, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Sad State Of The World

    by aceldama

    Anyone who actually cheers and applauses during the middle of any movie, please shoot yourself now. You're an embarrassment to mankind.

  • May 1, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    @boosebaster

    by Fortunesfool

    I assumed Tony passed out after being so close to a nuclear blast/witnessing an Alien galaxy/losing all power and connections to Earth. All of the above.

  • May 1, 2012, 10:09 a.m. CST

    -- leroy

    by MooseMalloy

    So there's a whole world that doesn't give two shits what America does but yet still follows our fashion trends, listens to our music and line up at their movie theaters to watch our movies. Funny how that works out.

  • May 1, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    tyler_turden

    by GulDucati

    I don't write detailed reviews because I am not a reviewer nor a writer. Neither are you by the way.

  • May 1, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Movie Trivia (spoiler)

    by Art

    Anyone knows what movie came first with the intro plot of put me in jail cuzz is part of my secret vengeance? the first i remember is S. Chiba Street fighter 2

  • May 1, 2012, 10:51 a.m. CST

    @boosebaster

    by TheCarn82

    Hmm, I might be wrong but I believe the suit was almost out of power as well, Stark was being beaten down and Jarvis had to put all available energy into the thrusters to get away.

  • May 1, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    moosemalloy

    by GulDucati

    The world follows America in everything? Only in the recession you started...

  • May 1, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    moosemalloy

    by GulDucati

    America follow's Europe's fashion trends. America listens to British music. The winner of the American Academy Awards was "the Artist" and the best actor was a guy from France. See how that works fatty?

  • May 1, 2012, noon CST

    Where is Gender whats its face to say this is all misogony?

    by clancy021061

    The queen of poor box office predictions is very quite on this one. Pissy bitch. What did someone scratch your Indigo Girls CD?

  • May 1, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Quiet. Oh my god a spelling error. Misogony!!!

    by clancy021061

  • May 1, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    gabba-uk

    by GulDucati

    Neither iron man nor the jet are real, so we have no idea how fast or how high they might be flying. The higher you can go up the faster you'll arrive coming back down.

  • May 1, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Cute touch, what they did with the "A"in the Stark building sign

    by BenBraddock

    A fun moment amongst many, many other fun moments in the movie. I haven't smiled as much watching a movie since I was a kid seeing SUPERMAN 2. Yeah, I'm old.

  • May 1, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    midnight showing

    by adzigjo

    can't wait http://vimeo.com/41328146

  • May 1, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    -- gulducati

    by MooseMalloy

    Keep making yourself sound like a delusional idiot while posting on an AMERICAN movie news site. Shouldn't you be not seeing this movie?

  • May 1, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Thoughtful review but...

    by dilbynuggets

    Obviously the Avengers will rule the summer, it was epic and hit every beat with thunder! The crowd loved it and it will kick every other super hero movie square in the crotch! Saw the Dark Knight Rises and that pretentious and boring piece of crap will sink under its bloated bullshit! What a load of dung! Thank god that trilogy is almost over! DC should sell Batman to Marvel so he can be done right in a movie! The Avengers rule!

  • May 1, 2012, 5:27 p.m. CST

    I meant the Dark Knight Rises trailer not the movie

    by dilbynuggets

  • May 1, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    seansarto... Gene who? I don't get the reference???

    by dilbynuggets

  • May 1, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    The Avengers

    by theslugline

    Great review... saw it last week down here and it's the closest to the feel of the MARVEL univervers yet. Can't wait till we don't have to worry about spoliers so I can ask about that last scene!!

  • May 1, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Secret credits scene

    by mdk

    Spidey showing up or swinging by even would be huge, but I just don't see it actually happening. I'm guessing its Hank Pym to give us geeks an extra buzz. Or considering the villain reveal in the other credits scene, maybe Mar-Vell, Drax or Adam Warlock?

  • Wow.

  • May 1, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Secret credits scene

    by sunwukong86

    It involves a big purple guy apparently

  • May 1, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST

    moosemalloy

    by GulDucati

    touched a nerve with the "fatty" comment didn't I?

  • May 1, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST

    @dilbynuggets

    by seansarto

    Gene Kelly was really a genius of dance choreography...He was also able to maintain a great deal of integrity in his work and life and gave dance a repectable degree of masculinity...He was the Bruce Springsteen of the silver screen in the golden age of musicals...(the film, "The Artist" is many ways an hommage to his talent and the film "Singin' in the Rain") Anyways, "An American in Paris" is one of the great musicals of all time mostly because of the 15 minute dance set piece at the end of the film....It is mostly a dream sequence, so it feels tacked on to the rest of the story..but it is rumored to have been a single camera movement for the most part, (like those CGI tracking shots)....but here you have to remember it was a dancer having to maintain a certain pace and movement and expressions to hit every cue exactly....It was quite a cinematic feat...much like Orson Welles prolouge in "Touch of Evil".

  • May 1, 2012, 9:53 p.m. CST

    -- gulducati

    by MooseMalloy

    No I think it was your blind ignorance on the subject at hand. Shall we trade pics to compare body's, faggot?

  • May 1, 2012, 10:43 p.m. CST

    dilby-lugnuts...get a clue.

    by DoctorWho?

  • May 2, 2012, 3:24 a.m. CST

    crossovers

    by Darth Scourge

    Yeah, getting deals in place to use some of their other characters in future "A" movies would be great, too.... like Tony Stark consulting with Reed Richards on a tech matter, The Thing going a few rounds with the Hulk, and Spidey or the X-Men turning up to give the Avengers a hand next time NY is attacked. Well, we fanboys can dream, can't we? lol.

  • May 2, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Brilliant

    by mintoncard

    The bar has been raised. Never thought I would be excited for another Hulk film... now I can't get enough HULK!

  • May 3, 2012, 4:44 a.m. CST

    re: good/bad Hulk and the unconcious bit (spoliers!!!)

    by ricstrr

    When Banner goes into a rage the first time he's still distrusting of the rest of the team and has just learned a lot of bad things about SHIELD in general. Because Hulk amplifies this to the max he goes nuts on everyone around him. Then the second time he's committed himself to being a proper part of the team, he's feeling all full of buddy love and ready to kick some alien ass. Again Hulk amplifies this. Simple re: Stark falling unconscious after flying into space, he get's a warning earlier from Jarvis about the mark-7 suit not being ready for some reason or other, so maybe the clue is in there finally: Cobie Smulders totally steals this film for me, I love Scarlett (Esp. her proper female figure, rather than this skin-n-bones) but Mills driving a jeep backwards while shooting baddies? MORE!

  • May 4, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    you missed the boat

    by fastdriver97

    There were 2 post credit scenes. One after the inital role call and then one at the very end of the credits and it was ABSOLUTELY FUCKING GENIUS.. Too bad you didnt stay

  • May 4, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    see it again

    by fastdriver97

    Thor was winding up his hammer to get Tony but Hulk jumped in first

  • May 5, 2012, 1:04 a.m. CST

    I won't ruin it, but...

    by Tim Tringle

    It's not integral to anything before or after, but it's a call back to an earlier conversation in the movie, and it's completely the kind of Gag that Whedon does perfectly, without a single word of dialog FYI. Those that know whedon will understand how he does that, and you WILL laugh your ass off. I'm sure the UK will get it on the Blu-Ray and sorry that you don't get it during the Cinema experience. But it's damned funny and really only fits right after the credits, I would wait until you can see it on the Blu-Ray rather than downloading it prior. You'll thank me later.

  • May 5, 2012, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Dilbynuggets is obviously bat shit insane...

    by Tim Tringle

    While Avengers is a great movie, you are completely wrong about TDK franchise and pretty sure your completely full of shit about seeing it months before anybody else. Nice try, move along kiddy.

  • May 5, 2012, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Seansarto obviously has problems as well...

    by Tim Tringle

    Anybody who claims this movie has those types of problems, really did not see the same movie everybody else has, myself obviously included. Go see it as soon as you can with the biggest audience you can. So you can get the full effect when people start cheering (so rare these days) and going nuts when HULK pwns the theater. It's that awesome, and if anybody says otherwise they have no soul, heart or love of comics. Get over yerselves, it was great and you know it.

  • May 5, 2012, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Fastdriver97 is correct, :SPOILER:

    by Tim Tringle

    Thor was getting ready to fly up and catch Tony but before he could HULK jumps in and grabs him, another rousing cheer for the HULK (as in the theater I viewed in tonight.

  • May 5, 2012, 1:17 a.m. CST

    The people badmouthing Batman Begins or TDK...

    by Tim Tringle

    Are the same assholes who will be badmouthing the Avengers next week. They need something to keep their brains from seizing up and bitching about popular culture is their go to activity. You guys can really just go F yerselves with a pointed stick, there is way less to bitch about with Nolan's movies than you like to claim there is. Would just love to know what exactly makes you think you know better than the majority of society that obviously takes the films more seriously and enjoys them more than you do. Either way I'll be just as excited to see TDKR as I was to see Avengers, and unlike you braindead individuals I won't try to compare one mans art directly against another's when all is said and done. You wanna know how they are different, it's what we call a "TITLE" jerkoffs.

  • I figured the reason the Hulk was out of control the first time was either because Loki's staff messed with him or because he became the Hulk when he was trying not to. The second time, he intentionally became the Hulk and thus had more control/awareness. I don't know the comic mythology, so I might be off.

  • May 6, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    There was never a skeptical thought in my mind

    by Deviant Apex

    Unlike most people I had complete faith that Joss Whedon would rock it and he did. What I really love about his work is the way he seamlessly incorporates humor with action and drama. Now that Avengers has done amazingly well, I'm hoping DC is taking notes and are working towards releasing a live-action JLA. You know that they had to of shit bricks when they saw how much Avengers made. lol

  • May 6, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Ruffalo's Hulk

    by chewyou812

    Quint seems to feel that Ruff played HULK/Banner in a manner that shows he had a better grasp of the character. While I think Ruff is great in the part, I think it's also due to the character being written better. Edward Norton would've been just as good, if not better.

  • May 7, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    So many amazing moments

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    I HAVE to see it again. While watching the movie yesterday, all the 8 year old me in my 35 year old head could do was keep screaming "AAAAAAAAA IT'S THE AVENGERS!!!!!" I can barely even remember any of it, I was so overwhelmed. Favorite moment might be when Loki tries to poison Tony's heart. Tap! Tap!