Robert Downey Jr.
Everyone. Everyone is in this movie.
- Coming off the somberness of Thor, The Avengers is a breath of comedic fresh air. And, come on, we were all waiting for our favorite superhero-team-we-never-heard-of-before-2008 to all assemble on one screen in glorious, teamworking action sequences (and some not-so-teamworking). Don’t tell me you didn’t feel little butterflies in your chest when everyone grouped together for the climactic battle over Manhattan! The eight-year-old geek in you was squealing just as loud as the 28-year-old nerds whooping in the theater.
- The last line of the first end credits scene blew my mind after this re-watch. The Chitauri soldier is telling Thanos, “To challenge them is to court…Death.” Cue Thanos turning his big fuchsia head and smiling coyly for the fanboys. What I never realized before is that was a nod to Death, as in the Marvel character, Mistress Death, whom Thanos loves and basically does all his acts of evil and destruction to impress. In short, the Infinity War is going to start because Thanos wants to get the attention of a ‘woman’ he loves.
Or so I thought…Infinity War Part 1 has since been released and Mistress Death was nowhere to be found. But that doesn’t mean she can’t come into play in Part 2…
- Seriously, how does Loki always seem to know everything about everyone (see Thor)? Especially after only seemingly making his grand entrance to Earth, like, two days before shit starts to go down. For that matter, everyone seems to be magically debriefed on everyone else, no questions asked. Not saying I’d prefer an extra 30 minutes of people explaining stuff, but hey, it feels weird when everyone just met and suddenly knows everything about each other. And apparently they all have transmitters implanted in the sides of their heads because I don’t remember seeing a single Avenger with a damn earpiece on, yet they’re always on comms.
- The Chitauri battle scene (like many cinema fight scenes, to be honest) makes my eyes glaze over. How many action/adventure/superhero movies have this trope of disposable armies coming out of a wormhole? Is someone keeping count? It’s getting old.