The Avengers, My Family Movie of the Year

The whole family watched ‘The Avengers’ last night right after work. Needless to say, we had another one of those ‘feel good’ experience during and after the movie. The kids can’t stop chattering about it while we were riding homeward.

If you haven’t watched the Avengers yet, check out the video clip below this article.

My youngest daughter, Shaniah Niles surprisingly enjoyed the movie inspite of the violent parts that she usually just naturally shy away from watching.

Both kids just love the Hulk, especially the way he seemed to be able to work along with the other avenger guys while the enemies are crawling all over them, but as soon as there’s a lull in the fight he turns on whoever fellow avenger is near him and gives him a wallop. The shrieks of delighted laughter from both of my kids were deafening. Is he really all CGI? If so, it’s really good CGI, made perfect by the addition of the original hulk Lou Ferrigno’s voice, though it’s just all growls and a couple of garbled words. And oh, it must be awful being Bruce Banner and living angry 24/7.

What’s up with Edward Norton, by the way? Why would he opt to give up playing Bruce Banner in this movie? I hope it’s about licenses and copyrights, not about money. What? It’s all about the money?

My personal favorites are of course the Iron Man and Thor. They exude cool and invulnerability. The fight scenes between the avengers are fun. It must have been a surprise for Thor to realize that not all humans are as frail as the majority. Just as it must have been shocking for Loki to experience the beating he had from the Hulk. As for the Captain, maybe it’s not the Captain’s character, silent and so selfless as he is, but for me, I was hoping the scriptwriters or Chris Evans would inject a little more humour to Captain America the way Ryan Reynolds did to Green Lantern.

All in all, I can say it was fun all the way, especially knowing that the wife and the kids all had real fun watching the movie too. I remember having the same satisfaction with Cliffhanger (years ago, I was single then), Transformers, etc.

Like I said earlier, the movie is not without its share of violence. Yet, I’d still consider this a good family movie. Not your typical wholesome family movie of course, but we all enjoyed it and the children are not showing signs of making the Hulk their model, bashing people’s heads randomly and being angry all the time.

Additional Avengers info:

I found this message from Ed Norton about his non-participation in the Avengers movie from a page:

“As most of you know, I don’t like to talk much about the business of making movies because it means a lot to me to protect the audience’s fullest enjoyment of the ‘magic’ that films can have,. “But I am so appreciative of the outpouring of support from fans of the Hulk and The Avengers that I feel it would be rude not to respond. So there it goes: It seems it won’t work out for me to continue playing Bruce Banner for Marvel in The Avengers. I sincerely hoped it could happen and be great for everyone but it hasn’t turned out as we all hoped. “I know this is disappointing to many people and that makes me sad. But I am so grateful to Marvel for extending the offer and even more so for the chance to be part of the Hulk’s long and excellent history. And I really can’t thank the fans enough for how much enthusiasm you’ve sent my way… It means a lot to me. “I grew up with Banner and Hulk and have been a fan of every incarnation. I’m really proud, and very blessed, to have been one of them and will be thrilled to see him live on through other actors. Hulk is bigger than all of us, that’s why we love him, right?”

And who can resist TRIVIA? All trivia below are also taken from the same wikia page linked above:

  • Joe Carnahan was in talks to direct the film before Joss Whedon got the job.
  • Edward Norton was originally set to reprise his role from The Incredible Hulk (2008) but negotiations between him and Marvel Studios broke down. Norton was replaced with Mark Ruffalo.
  • Jeremy Renner was said to be taking archery lessons for his role as Hawkeye.
  • The film will be the first Marvel film to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
  • Before Mark Ruffalo was cast as The Hulk, Joaquin Phoenix was rumored for the part.
  • Morena Baccarin, Jessica Lucas, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Cobie Smulders screen tested for the role of Agent Maria Hill. Smulders was eventually cast.
  • Lou Ferrigno returns as the voice of the CGI made Incredible Hulk whom he first portrayed in 1977.
  • The movie is thought to take place in New York City, as NYC buses and cabs are shown during the trailer.
  • Chris Hemsworth had to increase and expand his dietary/food intake in order to maintain the physique he built up for Thor.
  • Mark Ruffalo describes Bruce Banner’s role in The Avengers as “a guy struggling with two sides of himself, the dark and the light; everything he does in his life is filtered through issues of control.” He furthermore describes Banner’s alter ego the Hulk as “a loose cannon – he’s the teammate none of them are sure they want, it’s like throwing a grenade into the middle of the group and hoping it turns out well!”
  • Mark Ruffalo is personally going to portray the Hulk through virtual-camera motion-capture, which allows him to actually portray the Hulk. Previous live-action versions have had Bruce Banner and the Hulk be played by separate people (Bill Bixby and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno), or had the Hulk rendered into the film in computer-generated imagery.
  • Director Joss Whedon had earlier been considered to direct X-Men in the 1990s. A big fan of the X-Men, he even wrote a script, from which only two lines made it into the film.
  • Producer Kevin Feige compares the film to Transformers: Dark of the Moon: “It set a standard for that level of ZOMG-awesomeness and scale. We’re working to try to outdo that.”
  • Mark Ruffalo states it was an honour to take over as Bruce Banner from his friend Edward Norton: “Ed has bequeathed this part to me, I look at it as my generation’s Hamlet.”
  • The Science and Entertainment Exchange provided a science consultation for the film.
  • According to Joss Whedon, the film is strongly influenced by the early 1960s Avengers comics, which he was a fan of while growing up: “In those comics these people shouldn’t be in the same room let alone on the same team – and that is the definition of family.”
  • Tom Hiddleston spoke of his role as Loki in an interview by saying, “I can tell you that it’s all of them against me. I am the super villain. So it’s Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Nick Fury forming a team because I’ve got so bad ass.”
  • In the preview, Robert Downey Jr.’s character of Tony Stark can be seen wearing a Black Sabbath T-Shirt. Black Sabbath performed the unrelated single “Iron Man” which is on the soundtrack from the first Iron Man movie.
  • Has an unusually high number of Academy Award nominees in the cast for a comic book movie – or most movies for that matter: Robert Downey Jr.; Samuel L. Jackson; Jeremy Renner; and Mark Ruffalo. However, it still falls short of the five in Iron Man 2: Downey Jr.; Jackson; Gwyneth Paltrow; Mickey Rourke; and Don Cheadle.
  • Two founding members, Henry Pym (Antman/Giantman) and his wife Janet (Wasp), of the avengers are not included in this movie.
  • Tony Stark describes his group as “Earth’s mightiest heroes, that kind of thing.” This refers to the bold label that has appeared on “The Avengers” comic books since its 1963 publication. The phrase has also been used as the subtitle for The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the most recent animated series before the live-action Avengers film.
  • This is the second time that Bruce Banner/Hulk and Thor have appeared together in a movie. They previously appeared together in The Incredible Hulk Returns.
  • According to Director Joss Whedon, The original cut of the movie was over 3 hours long. There will be about 30 minutes of the excised footage included in the DVD Release, most of which revolves around Steve Rodgers (Captain America). Whedon revealed that one of these scenes involved Rodgers struggling to adjust to the modern world in his Brooklyn apartment and another revealed Steve Rodgers’ reunion with Peggy Carter, his love interest from Captain America: The First Avenger.


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