Why THE AVENGERS Has a Larger Meaning to Me Than "Just a Movie"

I would like to take a minute and explain, from my point of view, why THE AVENGERS will be grander than just the average popcorn movie to me and how it will impact my life.

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By Benjamitesandwich - 2/19/2012
I think it's safe to say that I'm a huge Marvel fanboy. Throughout the years, I have learned to love every character from Marvel's vast catalog of heroes and villains (minus Sentry). These characters have have really made an impact in my life and affected the choices I have made because I aspired to be like them. They built up my childhood, made me who I am, and now, finally, the ultimate team up movie of my favorite characters is hitting the silver screen after several, long awaited years. I would like to share with you all why The Avengers will be more than just "a popcorn movie," like many believe, and how it will impact my life, personally. In order to understand this, I'll need to tell you all a story:

I remember a day in the late 1990's when I was five or six, shopping with my family. (At this point in my childhood I didn't care about superheroes or comic books. Frankly, I thought they were stupid.) As we were walking up and down the isles, I stumbled upon a Hot Wheels box set which featured many cars with Marvel superhero decals painted on the sides. I recognized most of the characters: Spider-Man, Hulk, Captain America, The Thing, etc. One specific car, however, caught my eye. On this car was painted the iron avenger labeled "Iron Man." I had never heard of him in my life. Well, he looked pretty cool and all, and I really wanted to know more about him. I set the box down and upon leaving the store, I saw the same Iron Man character in one of the stuffed animal claw machines that rips you off. That day, I decided to find out just who this guy was. This is where it all started.

Soon after this, I bought my very first Iron Man comic book. Many more came after that. I basically began worshiping this character. Before long, I purchased my first Marvel encyclopedia so I could figure out more characters who fought alongside Iron Man and those who opposed him. After that I began to fall in love with Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and The Avengers. I tried my hardest as a kid to find out more about these characters, what they were like, their foes, their team-ups, their origin stories, etc. Soon it came to the point that I began to look up to these fictional characters as real heroes, and I had striven to be like them.

Now, as my childhood passed, my love for the Marvel universe hadn't. Granted I didn't look up to them as I had when I was a wee lad, but they still had a special place in my heart where I would never forget them. There were times when I would ask, "What would [Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Spider-Man, etc.] do?" At times I would actually find myself looking up to Captain America the most, rather than Iron Man. Sometimes I wonder if the whole reason I tried and became a good person was because of the star-spangled man. I don't think I would have started working out either if it weren't for his fictional example. Surprisingly, my love for these characters didn't give me flack at school. In fact, people loved me for it, especially in high school. I was one of the most popular kids in school, subsequently I was a student body officer at one point. I would have never imagined how well I am treated, even though I wore superhero shirts everyday, drew detailed pictures of a super hero battle, and so forth. I would have imagined that the stereotype for someone like me would have been beaten up constantly, but, surprisingly, I was loved by people for who I was, I got dozens of hot dates, I partied with the "cool kids" . . . I did everything that society had dubbed someone like me couldn't do, and I can't help but wonder if was all thanks to the examples these fictional heroes have given me.


Now, by this point you're probably wondering to yourself: "What the junk does this have to do with The Avengers?!" Let me get to that now.



As I have stated above, I am a huge Marvel fanboy and will be until the day I die. These heroes have made a rather unbelievable impact on my life throughout the years. One aspect that helped me grow closer to these characters were the movies. Granted, before Marvel was it's own production company, it didn't put out the greatest movies: Blade/good, Blade 2/good, Blade Trinity/bad, Ghost Rider/bad, Daredevil/bad, Elektra/bad, X-Men/good, X-Men 2/good, X-Men 3/bad, Wolverine/very bad, Fantastic Four/bad, Fantastic Four 2/bad, Spider-Man/good, Spider-Man 2/very good, Spider-Man 3/bad, Man Thing/bad, The Punisher/good, Hulk/bad . . . you get the idea. These movies didn't appeal to what my childhood had come to love (minus the good movies). Then, in 2008, Marvel Studios finally released an Iron Man movie. Was it good? YES! Soon after came The Incredible Hulk/good, Iron Man 2/good (face it people, it wasn't a bad movie whatsoever), Thor/good, and Captain America/good. These movies have been everything my childhood had hoped and dreamed for. They were great movies.

Now, in two months The Avengers comes out. Never, in my life, had I imagined Hollywood would be able to pull this movie off. I had dreamed for years of a movie like this and now it's finally happening. This movie is my childhood. It holds the key that will allow me to remember what it was like to be a kid. This is why it will impact me so much. Never has a movie got me this excited (besides Iron Man) that I act like a skiddish little boy. This is the movie of my dreams. These characters who I have loved, who have been examples to me, who fueled my imagination are finally teaming up in one big movie. Will it be a popcorn movie? Certainly not. I don't even think I'll buy popcorn when I see this. This has never been done before. It will be completely new to see. The characters have already been set up, and all Whedon has to do is make a good movie with a good story. I trust that he will really knock this one out of the park. I trust that he will be able to make a movie that impacts me enough to transform me into a kid again. Until that day, I cannot wait to see The Avengers assemble on the silver screen.
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Spidey91 - 2/19/2012, 5:28 PM
they don't talk about the Stock Market in the movie,LAME!! :P
seriously thou,this movie will OWN.
95 - 2/19/2012, 6:05 PM
It's not "just a movie", it's a global cinema event. I'm glad you're excited for this film. I'm actually excited to wear Hulk RealD 3D glasses, over anything. The Midnight Premiere will surely be an experience I'll never forget.
Comix - 2/19/2012, 6:18 PM
Well you got a thumbs up from me :)
TheShakeBake - 2/19/2012, 8:52 PM
I feel you man I would say I was kind of a "popular" kid at school, and I love Marvel everything!! yet kids didn't treat me different and when i saw that after the credit scene in Iron Man i shat my pants. So I'm right here with ya man, I'll be dressing up as all the Avengers with my friends when this movie comes out!!!
Quasimodo - 2/19/2012, 8:54 PM
Wow, nice read. Next time someone says that the film is just popcorn fluff, point em to this article
WinterSoldier - 2/19/2012, 9:33 PM
I swear to God this is my life's story. Every damn tiny detail is my everyday situation. I was wondering if I was one of the only popular geeks out there. If I wrote a diary or whatnot, this article would be in there
Spidey91 - 2/19/2012, 10:00 PM
@HipstersAREdouches

being a douche to others makes you feel better with yourself?

f*cking Nolanites.
PoPcornDude - 2/19/2012, 10:12 PM
I'm too VERY excited for this movie, same as you, I've been looking forward for this movie since my childhood !!
EditNinja - 2/19/2012, 10:18 PM
It's been a long wait, sure. I still remember the announcement of The Avengers - I didn't think it would eventuate.

I just hope we don't get any morons in our theaters with us screwing up the long awaited hype.

Sometimes CBMs are ours to enjoy and theirs to criticise!
Benjamitesandwich - 2/19/2012, 10:18 PM
Thanks for all the positive remarks, guys! This is my first editorial on this website, and didn't expect this to make main. Thanks for the thumbs up!
ArtisticErotic - 2/19/2012, 10:21 PM
Eh not really into Marvel all that much, I think there movies has been average to good. But for the people that love Marvel, I hope this movie succeeds for them.

HulkbusterNYC - 2/19/2012, 10:52 PM
If they don't love the characters and the universe that they exist in then they just don't understand how important this movie is. Nice article bro.
robvillain - 2/19/2012, 10:54 PM
I agree, but you better believe i'm buying f'in popcorn!
TonyChu - 2/19/2012, 10:55 PM
Love the enthusiasm! I personally cant wait for this film either.
Sanderman - 2/19/2012, 11:00 PM
Great article man
OverlyManlyMan - 2/19/2012, 11:07 PM
Love it man! Definitely, I'm crazy excited for this movie as well. C'mon we are getting a freakin' AVENGERS MOVIE!!! Anyone that calls it just a popcorn movie can eat shit!
peppy - 2/19/2012, 11:35 PM
Never been so pumped for a movie before, it's [frick]ing crazy
blkyank - 2/19/2012, 11:36 PM
@Benjamitesandwich

I have read your remarks with great interest because they remind me of how I felt many years ago while waiting for another film that I thought would have a larger meaning to me then "Just a movie" I was 21 years old in the summer of 1989 and had for 10 years watched the infant CBM industry that I had seen born as an 11
year old in 1978 with Superman, struggle for life due to the lack of proper film technology and commitment from the studios.When Tim Burton's Batman was announced in 1988, I remember the feeling of excitement that a treasured part of my childhood was getting the big screen treatment mixed with feelings of dread that Micheal Keaton wouldn't be up to the job. The spring of 1989 was insane when WB put the first truly modern "event movie" hype machine into operation. I could barely count the days till the film came out and opening day I remember having to drive around Carlsbad California with a Marine Corps buddy trying to find a show that wasn't sold out.Batman was a life changing film for me because it did for CBM films what Star Wars had done for SCI-FI/fantasy movies by showing that they could be crowd pleasing mainstream event pictures.Superman had given the studios the chance but nobody else picked up the ball.Burton's Batman series set the stage for
another hit CBM a year later in Dick Tracy,and the return of live action comic book based t.v. series like The Flash and Lois and Clark.Burton's Batman got Marvel to start down the road (with many misteps in the 90's)towards X-Men and Spider-man.
The Nolan films may have passed Burton's 1989 masterpiece in terms of critical and fanboy praise not to mention boxoffice,but Burton's film is still a top 5 film for me(along with Superman,Spider-Man,Ironman and Captain America) in terms of pure escapist fun.As you can tell by my statements,i'm a DC guy and while I Iike the Nolan films,they do not touch my heart the way Burton's film did when I saw it in a theater.
I can't truly describe the feeling in my gut during the opening of Batman when the Bat symbol rolls into frame and the audience ROARED like we were all saying "this is really happening" I have never felt the same sheer sense of joy watching a Nolan Batman film(I know their a different animal) but have high hopes for Zach Snyder's Man of Steel.I hope your expectations for the Avengers are met and it leaves you with the same soft spot in your heart 20 years from now that Batman has left for me.
Nucastle - 2/20/2012, 12:29 AM
This article should have just been called "I can't wait for THE AVENGERS to come out because I love Marvel comics. Oh and also my life story."
luckylu - 2/20/2012, 12:32 AM
great article but i [frick]ing love sentry. dont hate me...
marvel72 - 2/20/2012, 1:47 AM
good read mate,can't wait for the avengers either & i f*ckin love sentry.
KungFuKoala - 2/20/2012, 4:30 AM
"I don't even think I'll buy popcorn when I see this."

Well that, as they say, is that.
TheGlove - 2/20/2012, 4:47 AM
I had that same feeling when the original Superman film came out in 1979. I was nine years old. that film did it big time(and still does. To me its still the comic book movie bench mark!)I really hope this movie pulls it off, it means so much to so many people who are into the comics world. We all like to feel like little kids again, in fact the older you get the more it means to you.
Nuff said.
Fogs - 2/20/2012, 5:42 AM
@DoubleD - Sorry but I don't think X-men, as an example, is goofy. It may be outdated and not so cool for today's standards, but to me what Nolan did was to make good BATMAN movies. And god knows how the character needed that.

This "he changed the industry" argument simply don't work with Nolan IMO.

Marvel, in the other hand, is "evangelizing" people with lesser-known characters for years now just to release an assembly movie, and really building an cinematic universe (we already know this is a trend they'll keep from now on).

And THIS is unheard of. And even then I'm not saying Marvel is changing any industry. They're just doing well, and if you think about it, in the only manner they could to avoid their movies to flop.
Fogs - 2/20/2012, 5:45 AM
@SetGecko - man, looks like you're new here... If you saw the amount of unnoficial avengers material on articles here... fan pics and videos, merchandising (which of course don't follow standards because they use stock photos) and etc etc.

The problem is not the news, just some comments that go along with them.
Minghagz - 2/20/2012, 9:21 AM
Nice write up bro, but as much as I love all these fictional characters (DC and Marvel... or any other publisher) I don't think I can look up to them as examples in my personal life. I love nerding out on comics and CBMs but it will always be for the sheer enjoyment of it(also feeling like a kid again). It's also nice to have the good portrayed in these heroes so you can root for them and all but essentially any movie is just a movie to me. I don't think any movie will ever really impact my real life decisions. One thing I can say for sure is that it is much better for kids to grow up and look up to these heroes as "good" examples rather than following other "bad" examples elsewhere.

With that said, I'm psyched for the Avengers!
CraptainAmerica - 2/20/2012, 9:41 AM
Great article.

I just wish people could set their brains back to 2005/06 when the thought of an Avengers movie was a pipe dream. When Marvel set our their movie plan I don't think I could conceive that this day would actually come.

I'm looking forward to this movie because seeing our favourite heroes all together in one awesome team on the big screen is what the word epic was made for.

I'm not pro Marvel or DC. I'm looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spiderman too but The Avengers has to take the 'most anticipated' spot because it is unique.

You get a thumbs up sir!
CraptainAmerica - 2/20/2012, 9:43 AM
As for the life inspiring section...I can agree to the point that when you grow up with these characters and are that dedicated to having them in your life (like most hardcore collectors) the impact of these movies becomes greater.

Don't listen to what others think about that. It's what it means to the individual.
MoonDoggyX - 2/20/2012, 10:59 AM
Nice Read! More power to ya buddy! I think no matter what you are a fan of, everyone on this site can relate to this in some way. For me it was the first Transformers movie...
sarahsatire - 2/20/2012, 11:18 AM
Minus Sentry? What the hell.



^ I'm gonna assume you never read this.

Otherwise, I agree, the Avengers movie is a milestone and for that fact it is something we should all be looking forward to.
DEFENDER - 2/20/2012, 12:46 PM
i too am a lifelong fan of marvel's avengers but i am devasted by the disappearence of thor's helmet.
DEFENDER - 2/20/2012, 12:48 PM
not seeing my favorite marvel superhero thor without his helmet hurt me emotionally because i could not recognize him.
DEFENDER - 2/20/2012, 12:51 PM
i love thor very much and do not appreciate him being deprived of his iconic winged battle helmet which is every bit a part of his costume as his boots or cape.
DEFENDER - 2/20/2012, 12:52 PM
why is loki portrayed with a helmet & not thor????
DEFENDER - 2/20/2012, 12:55 PM
thor's fight scene's can be accomplished with special effects while wearing his helmet, is this not true?
CPBuff22 - 2/20/2012, 2:19 PM
I just think its awesome that at 30yo I finally get to see a live action Avengers movie. I also think it is awesome that it is the most anticipated movie for my 8yo Son, my 50yo Uncle (who thought Captain America & Thor were the best things EVER) and myself. To go see this move with multiple generations of comic book fans of different extremes is phenomenal. Honestly the closest thing to this that has ever happened to me is when they re-released Star Wars in theaters in the late 90's.
Toasty - 2/20/2012, 2:24 PM
I'm not the biggest Marvel fan, heck i'm alot more DC, and i never really picked up an Avengers comic book, but i can respect the time and effort gone into a good looking movie, i mean even if you're not a big Marvel fan you should still see it, just because it will be good, and it takes dedication and talent to pull something like this off.
NextHero08 - 2/20/2012, 3:25 PM
Loki's helmet is flippin huge and he still wore his into battle. There is no reason why Thor can not wear his either. This movie had better not turn into some michael bay fest or im demanding my money back. Chris Evens looks like he has gotten soooooo damn skinny since filming Captain America and the helmet....ugh that helmet, I would dare one more person to complain about Banes headgear compared to Caps in this film. I just hope that Chris will show Caps true strength and leadership and prove that even with his most of his muscle gone, he is still the first and Best Avenger.
CraptainAmerica - 2/20/2012, 4:04 PM
@nexthero08

Who goes a flying [frick] about Thor's helmet?! *s[racial slur]s*

It has so little bearing on the movie as a whole it's unreal! Get the [frick] over it!

As for Evans being skinny, The blu ray special features stated that in First Avenger he was larger for the transformation scene but was slimmer for the rest of the movie anyway. It made no difference and it was something you obviously didn't take notice of!? Looking at the Avengers trailer he's still big. No difference to the Kruger chase scene. I'm beginning to wonder if some of the skinny folk on here know how tough it is to get big and what they'd have to put in their bodies to achieve the comic hero shape.

Your point it ridiculous.

You hope it's not a "Bayfest"? Wait and watch you movie and then facepalm yourself for being such a bellend. WE.GET.TO.SEE.THE.AVENGERS.ON.THE.BIG.SCREEN. Take the misguided negativity away from an otherwise positive article

P.S. Apologies that you took the brunt of what I've wanted to say to the countless other people who have said the same

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