Wikipedia, the website I get most utterly lost on because it is oh-so enriching, says the following:
“‘The Avengers’ is the title planned for an American superhero film yet to be produced by Marvel Studios. It was announced in April 2005 and is to be based upon the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The film is intended to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which crosses over several Marvel superhero films including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo are under contract to star, with Joss Whedon attached to direct a script written by Zak Penn and himself. The Avengers has an announced release date of May 4, 2012 in 3-D.”
There, I tactfully avoided explaining all that stuff to you myself. As if you didn’t know. Did you? You had better.
Marvel’s film division has been dropping off hints of an impending superhero-team movie, ‘The Avengers’, in their recent films. The after-credits scene of the great ‘Iron Man’ introduced us to Nick Fury. The bar scene in the pretty mediocre ‘The Incredible Hulk’ in which Tony Stark conversed with General Ross again hinted at the upcoming ‘Avengers’ film. Then Marvel started announcing release dates for Cap’s film debut, ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ (starring Chris Evans, who played ‘The Human Torch’ in those ridiculous ‘Fantastic 4’ movies) and the ‘Thor’ film, which I’m very wary about.
And yes, the mother load. ‘The Avengers’. The first major superhero-team film. Sigh.
I have this gut feeling that the film is going to be a major letdown. An ensemble superhero flick could have billions of shortcomings: not enough character development for each hero, the heroes not gelling together (C’mon, Iron Man and Thor? That’s like King Kong and the Tooth Fairy)… The concept of an ensemble superhero film might have worked in the comics, but I just have this feeling it’ll make for cinematic trash.
I was recently moseying the internet when I came across a rather shocking rumor. DC is coming up with a Justice League film. It’s just a rumor, but you never know…
I have a vision of Marvel fans claiming that “DC copied Marvel! They made an ensemble superhero flick ‘Justice League’ after ‘The Avengers’!” And a lot of space online will be used up in debating and comparing the two; and more sequels will exhaust more words and space.
Oh wait, I have a more vivid vision: ‘The Avengers’, being the first of its kind, will do well at the box office, even though it probably will be a dumb ‘Fantastic Four’-ish film. Sure, it’ll make billions at the box office and people rave about it online. Over time though, like ‘Iron Man 2’, people will see its mediocrity.
Anyways, so the box office figures of ‘The Avengers’ will be huge, exciting producers who can’t tell their hands from their legs to make more sequels and prequels… and eventually, the follow-ups will suffer from sequelitis (and prequelitis (?) if they come up with prequels. Remember, you heard that word first here 😀 ).
And then, just when the studio execs realize that the films they’ve come up with aren’t good, there’ll be reboots. Take the case of the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise.
And what’s worse, DC would release their ‘Justice League’ film, and the same would follow. And I don’t want DC to mess up as I absolutely love ‘The Dark Knight’ (it’s one of the best blockbusters made in recent years) and I’m a childhood Christopher Reeve ‘Superman’ fan (although maturity has brought with it the realization that ‘Superman 3’ and ‘4’ sucked).
And if there is a Justice League film in the works, how will Christopher Nolan’s brilliant interpretation of Batman fit into the ensemble superhero world?
I’m liking this idea even less just answering that question.
Yep, I know this is a dumb, pessimistic, biased assumption, but I hate the idea of group superhero films, for the above mentioned reasons.
End of pessimistic rant.
– Cinematic Jackass, signing off