I didn't hate Avengers the first time I saw it, but I also wasn't a huge fan of the movie. I liked it well enough, but something about it didn't click with me as much as I was hoping for. Look, straight up, I'm a Captain America fan, and I kind of though the movie gave Cap short shrift. I think I had expectations vis-a-vis Cap's assumed leadership role in Avengers, and that just didn't happen, exactly.
But as a fun roller coaster ride? Yeah, it's pretty phenomenal.
I still don't quite get how people even followed the movie who hadn't paid to see the other Avengers movies in the lead up to this one, especially if you missed Thor (and, really, why would you miss Thor? My MOM liked that movie).
On a second viewing, a bit more calibrated for what one could expect from Avengers, I didn't just watch it to enjoy a few choice scenes, I really quite liked the whole package much, much better - even if the ending is kind of ridiculous. And, man, yeah, no wonder they can't keep Avengers toys on the shelf.
Watching the big, exciting fight scene at the end, I'm now in total awe of the package Joss Whedon put together. I mean, it's about as perfect a super-hero-y playscape, threat, etc.. as you're going to find, and then the camera work and FX just really carry you through that whole terrific, chaotic cityscape.
I know I'm telling you guys something you already know, but by that point the last time I saw the movie, I was sort of ready for the conclusion, and everything between me and our villain stowed safely away felt a bit like a semi-welcome delay before we could all file out. Not sulking about Cap's second-tier status kind of set my mind at ease, as did enjoying a lot of what Mark Ruffalo was up to in every shot where he appeared as either Banner or Hulk. And, yeah, as much as a Planet Hulk movie sounds boss as hell, I'd like a Ruffalo-as-Hulk movie first.
Anyway, that's this evening's geek-out.
I'm pretty jazzed about Iron Man 3, and the in-production Cap and Thor flicks. And word is that fricking Rocket Raccoon is coming to the big screen in a Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Rocket Raccoon is getting a movie before The Flash, Shazam, Wonder Woman, Aquaman...
Go to hell, DC.
Now, if I can get a Black Panther movie, I might relax a little.