watch your step
by James Connelly
I was asked to write an article on the Avengers after I saw the midnight premiere. I decided against it because I began reading everybody’s breakdown of what the film did right and who they already wanted to see in the second film. This is to be expected but I went to see the film a second time and really studied what was going on with the characters. A lot has been over looked in the release of the movie. Some of my points are simple but some will make you think of where this francise is going after this blockbuster dies down.
The first thing I really started thinking as I watched the film a second time was how in the hell are these characters ever going to be able to star in their own films again. Of course you have Stark who is RDJ in a nutshell but who else can hold their own post-Avengers. If you think about it the idea that a person will want to just go see Captain America fight alone after he fought beside Thor does not make much sense. My only solution is THIS, for the next few films at least. In Iron Man 3 you need to see Tony working Banner. The film would revolve around Stark but the Hulk will stay fresh in the minds of the fans as the character of Banner developed. In Captain America it will follow Rodgers on a misson but his two partners will be Hawkeye and Black Widow. These three are seen assembling together and seen as the three “human” characters. This was a very interesting dynamic and could be explored in depth more. As far as Thor he has Loki and Natalie Portman on his side still so he could handle a film with maybe just Nick Fury along with a reintroduction of Thanos.
Speaking of Thanos I have my doubts. I understand his role in the Marvel Universe but after seeing Tom Hiddleston portray Loki so well can an audience really get behind and suspend their disbelief for a purple alien. Thanos’ quote at the end of the film was “To attack earth would be courting death!” Then why would you attack the human race when they don’t even have the damn cube anymore?! Then again you can only use Loki in so many films. Maybe Red Skull cough cough Cap.
The obvious scene stealer was Bruce Banner and the Hulk. The catch 22 here is that obviously it would be movie suicide to try and make a film around him again. I do need ask the question is the Hulk indestructible and if so does it make him the most affective Avenger? Furthermore can Banner control the Hulk and in that sense why did he try and kill Black Widow and then turn into the ultimate good guy saving Stark? Just asking.
The film was an incredible ride and the only competition it has for the summer is The Dark Knight Rises and honestly it is going to be a close one at the box office. The one thing I can bet on is that it will be interesting where they start going with the Marvel Universe in Iron 3 which starts filming in two weeks.