Tee hee. My love for Joss Whedon knows no bounds. This man has given us so much celluloid gold over the years. He sucked me into the Buffy-verse which I followed faithfully (read: fanatically) for 7 years. Sing it with me MJ: *Gone too soon*. Then came Firefly and the phenomenal Serenity, and now he's moved onwards and upwards (budget wise anyway) to The Avengers. Not to mention he stands up for women's rights. lahv lahv lahv!
Is there no end to his general awesomeness? hmm computer says nooo. So yeah, the movie was good solid popcorn fun. To be fair, Serenity unquestionably trounces The Avengers hands down in terms of characters & plot (motley crew stuck on a dirigible ring any bells?) but hey, the man still makes the multi-superhero premise work with just the right amount of snarky self-awareness thrown in courtesy of Tony Snark.. oops I meant Stark. I just about lost it when Iron Man tells Hawkeye to clench & dubs him Legolas in the very same breath. Oh RDJ, you slay me.
So while 'The Avengers' isn't quite the greatest superhero movie of all time, it's still a pretty good way to spend part of your day without leaving you dazed and muttering, 'well that's two hours of my life I'm never getting back'. Esp loved the bonus scene where the team is chowing down on shawarma and everyone's quiet and contemplative except Thor of course, who's all about stuffing his face. Oh and casting Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner = rumpled-twitchy-nonchalant perfection. Who woulda thunk it? Only JWhede can catapult the Hulk from being a damp raspberried afterthought to much hurrahed new fan favorite. Can't help but wonder if Edward Norton and Eric Bana are off in self-flagellation mode somewhere..
PS: oh heyy Michael Bayy, this is what action movies are made of. ahem.
PPS: Black Widow is so badass, she makes me wanna take up Mexican wrestling.. like the world really needs to see that.