Marvel's The Avengers: Ten reasons it's the best

Ten reasons that Marvel's The Avengers is, the greatest superhero film made.

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By Nick Salinski - 2/19/2013
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10: No love story



This is something I have felt was for the most part, a weak link in comicbook films. Some of the romances are really good (Peter Parker/Gwen Stacy, Steve and Peggy), while some are not so good (Bruce and Betty in Ang Lee's Hulk, Bruce and Rachel). For Marvel's The Avengers, the only romance is at the beginning of the film between Tony and Pepper and (depending who you are) there could be hints between Hawkeye and Black Widow through out the film. But, other than that. There is no love story in The Avengers. Not only does it need one but if it did have one, it would have held the film back and taken away everything that makes it so special.

9: Show Stealing moments



The epic scenes like this through the film are all I really need to explain this one. Also, the entire conflict on the hellicarrier? Probably my favorite of the whole film.

8: It shouldn't have worked



I won't lie. The success and excitment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had me blinded. While yes, I was super excited for the release of Marvel's The Avengers. It really should never have worked as well as it did. It shouldn't have been as good. But, Joss Whedon made it work. For that, I give him praise. The anticipation for this film is much greater than I had expected, breaking the domestic box office opening weekend record. Some say that's thanks to the 3-D. While 3-D was a factor, I say most of it was 2-D. Though, I could be wrong considering I got lucky and got the last seat in the theater opening day. Then saw it the following day. Both times in 3-D. Either way, it doesn't matter. It worked beautifully and was epic in a way I wasn't expecting. Can't really explain that last part. It just was.

7: More personal



I personally feel it went more depth and got more personal heroes in a way. We got into the history a little bit of Black Widow and Hawkeye, Bruce Banners "condition", Thor with Loki, Tony Stark with his ego and accepting the title of a superhero as well as Captain America recovering his past with the H.Y.D.R.A weapons and suits as well as finding a place of belonging in the present. Again, while it doesn't go into great detail. A lot of people outside of the comicbook audience were probably expecting something mindless like the Transformers films and G.I Joe. Hell, I know a couple people who were actually BORED watching The Avengers. Believe me, I wanted to pimp smack them. It's not mindless and again, it's exciting while also we get to know and see the struggles internaly and externaly of these extrodinary people.

6: Tom Hiddelston as Loki



"How desprate are you? You call on such lost creatures to defend you."

This is now more of a personal opinion than the rest so far but, Tom Hiddelston as Loki is by far my favorite portrayal of a villain yet in a comicbook film. While, I never cared much for the Thor comics. I do love how ever Tom Hiddelston's performance as Loki as from the transition from Thor to The Avengers. In Thor, you felt so bad for him. Although he was the villain, it never felt like it cause Loki is emotionally damaged. After Thor and into The Avengers, he became full fledged villain. He was ruthless and to an extent, terrifying. Before people start calling me a Marvel fanboy, I also find Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker to be phenomenal.

5: It gives the tone balance



Yes, it's a family film. Everyone knows that. Everyone knows that the films based off of Marvel comics (the exceptions being The Punisher films and Blade trilogy) are family friendly. But, why can't the debut film of the Earth's Mightest Heroes have a dark tone too? Well, that's one thing it does that I feel a lot of comicbook movies fail at doing. They focus on one tone. While yes, the focus here is being light hearted and fun. I also feel they have a darker tone than most Marvel comic movies. While, it's not a dark movie and not Spider-Man 3 dark (nor is it anywhere near as bad), it still has that feeling of something very, very bad is coming or about to happen. Somewhat similar of, The Dark Knight trilogy. But again, nowhere near as dark.

4: It serves the readers the most fan service



While every comicbook film serves it's fans in one way or another. Whether it be a wink-wink, full blown easter egg or literally tears out a moment straight from the comics. Every comicbook movie has one. Unless it's a loose adaptation. Anyways, The Avengers is the most fan service comicbook film. It's full of wink-winks, easter eggs and moments you'd find in the comics. It even has the biggest easter egg ever put on the screen.... THANOS! It's a very good time indeed for readers of Marvel comics.

3: Act One: The Avengers Initative



It's a benefit that some don't have. A shared universe made it a stronger movie. It's only just begun too. What Marvel has done is something that no one ever thought it a million years would happen. Just something fanboys always thought would be really cool to see on the screen. Risk after risk. The Avengers was the biggest risk of act one and by far the biggest payoff not only for the fans but financially as well. While a team film is different than a solo film and the thought of too many characters was worrisome. We know now that it works. It was an event movie. One many would call over rated. I for one, don't think so.

2: Style over Substance? Not quite



Marvel has a formula. Story is focus but there is an action sequence in act one, action sequence(s) in act two and the big finale in act three. Pretty simple. They are character and story focused without being the length of The Dark Knight without loosing the action. Yes, The Avengers is a little more than ten minutes shorter than The Dark Knight. But, it still follows the formula. For some, it works. For others, not so much. I personally, feel the following is put into play: "Dont fix, what isn't broken." They take risks by bringing in unknown characters or oddball characters/teams to the big screen. I feel the formula is just fine. You satisfy everyone. Story focus, character moments and action pieces. Everyone goes home happy. If you don't. Then, I don't know.

1: It embraces it's identity



When I watch a comicbook movie, too often do I feel like it's just a movie. I never got that sense of, this is a comicbook movie. Not even from 300 (which is a horrendous movie) or Watchmen. The movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and in particular, The Avengers, embraces what it is... A COMICBOOK movie. Nothing realistic. Sure, it has it's logistical faults (what movie doesn't) but it does it's job. It entertains and wows the audience. Spider-Man films are comicbook movies, never quite feel like it though. Same with Batman, Superman and Hellboy. I'm not talking as a fan service movie, I'm talking about the feeling that it's a comicbook movie. The Avengers does it the best because like the rest of Phase One. It embraces it.

What do you think? What do you think is the greatest comicbook movie and why? Comment below, be civil and be respectful.
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anthonyEstark - 2/19/2013, 8:57 AM
This was. very well done. Please keep it up and could you please tell me where you got the picture for Reason Number 5? I absolutely love it!
FrostyVoice - 2/19/2013, 9:01 AM
Well written. For a while, even I began to reflect and surmise that it might be the best ever. Honestly, based off of your criteria, you would be correct. A big element of the film was the existing universe that each character shared and therefore had a legitimate stake in. I love the Batman and Superman films. But as a COMIC BOOK film, this really did take the cake. Well written, Nick. First?
EdgyOutsider - 2/19/2013, 9:06 AM
@FreakingIntelligentRobertGriffin: I wasn't looking at it critically or financially. I was looking at it as a movie in general and mainly, a comic book movie.
EdgyOutsider - 2/19/2013, 9:28 AM
Yes, I have seen Watchmen. Never read the comic but I've heard lots of good things about it. If you're looking at a specific comic storyline then yea, Watchmen and Sin City (from what I've heard of it) are at the top, if not the top. I can't say the same for Superman cause I've never read Superman before and have no intentions to. Again, I looked at it from a regular superhero movie and as a comicbook movie. As a movie, I feel it excels. As a comicbook movie, I feel it excels greater. It doesn't have the advantage of a specific storyline or anything like that. It has advantages from the shared universe and it took some of the best from the comics and reflected it into the movie. Sure, you could argue the same went for Spider-Man, X-Men, Superman and Batman. But, The Avengers has that comicbook feel to it as does Watchmen. Sin City for me, took it too far with looking like a moving comic book. That didn't work for me.
ravennpilot - 2/19/2013, 9:37 AM
I saw the Avengers twice in theaters. It was great, but I really don't like the sacrifice made in the solo films for it. Every time I see Sam Jackson walk into a movie it pulls me out. The random entrance in Iron Man 2 killed me. The same goes for Stan Lee.
anthonyEstark - 2/19/2013, 9:39 AM
I didn't see it twice in theaters, but I was probably the first to pre-buy it. I've seen it about 4 times. Stan is the Man.
EdgyOutsider - 2/19/2013, 9:45 AM
I saw it three times in the theater.
anthonyEstark - 2/19/2013, 9:47 AM
Hey @Lizard1: Can you please tell me where you got the picture for reason number 5? Thanks!
EdgyOutsider - 2/19/2013, 10:02 AM
@tstark2000: I don't really know what site I got it from. I just got it from google.
anthonyEstark - 2/19/2013, 10:09 AM
@Lizard1: Ok thanks. I'll look around!
Jollem - 2/19/2013, 3:50 PM
it's a good flick. not my favorite. i think it's somewhere in my top ten maybe
ForeverPowerful - 2/19/2013, 5:11 PM
Definitely an amazing film. I forget exactly how many times I saw it, at least 3. It was very well done, and I was very surprised, I wasnt expecting it to be as good as it was. Though I think now that the initially shock factor is out of the way, its one of those thing were im not as crazy about it as I was, I still think its epic in every sense of the word. I hope they can maintain that in the sequel, as long as they dont try to feed off that shock factor again that were seeing alot of heroes all at once, its sort of hit a ceiling for that point. As long as they keep improving their game, I'll keep being excited.
ForeverPowerful - 2/19/2013, 5:13 PM
Wow. I didnt realize how bad my phone butchered that comment until I just read it back. I apologize.
Wildaniel - 2/19/2013, 5:26 PM
The movie was way OVERRATED! Too much stupid comedy, and no emotions whats so ever! Coulson death scene was the worst. Also Loki was great in the Thor movie, in The Avengers they made him much worst.
xStarLordx - 2/19/2013, 5:57 PM
I saw it literally 4 or 5 times. I still LOVE it!!!!!!!!
xStarLordx - 2/19/2013, 6:00 PM
@Wildaniel *whatsoever *Coulson's *worse
EdgyOutsider - 2/19/2013, 8:04 PM
@wildaniel: I personally feel, The Dark Knight is the most over rated comicbook movie ever.
EdgyOutsider - 2/19/2013, 8:41 PM
There is nothing wrong with just working as a comicbookmovie. I personally love The Avengers more than other comicbook movies because it's one of if not (IMO) the best comicbook movie because it embraces that identity and doesn't try nor want to be anyhting else.
Tymminator - 2/23/2013, 6:53 PM
This was a great flick. Lots of people loved it not just comic fans like us. When you get the majority of your target audience (the fanboys/girls) and a huge chunk of everyone else, and the fact it was re-watched many, many times despite being heavily pirated, hell you did a solid job.

EdgyOutsider - 2/25/2013, 10:28 AM
@Ashley: That's the point of a comicbook movie. Why would you want it to be something else? It doesn't stray far from the comics and it's not a straight up adaptation like Watchmen and 300. For as much as I love Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. They were more action-thrillers than they were comicbook movies. Especially, The Dark Knight. I won't deny it's greatness as a movie. But, it's not the greatest comicbook film.
MeLVaNoaTe - 7/8/2013, 4:10 PM
Never in my life have I seen such collection of under-developed reasons.
Try harder.

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