: Or Avengers Assemble
to give it its ponderous British name, presumably chosen so that we Brits wouldn’t be offended that it shares a name with a 40-year-old camper-than-a row-of-tents TV show. We also got this Avengers
before you Americans did, which is strange, given that one of the characters is called Captain America. The trepidation was unwarranted because, as I’m sure you all know by now, this movie is fantastic; in my humble opinion, the most effective action movie since Speed
, which, of course, Joss Whedon also wrote. I think giving this movie to Whedon was the smartest in a long succession of smart moves Marvel has made with this franchise- he’s a comic nerd to the core, and, more importantly, he knows how to inject character development seamlessly into action better than any writer alive. Remember how, in Speed
, even the nameless hostages had memorable personalities? That proves vital in this story, as there are 6 major characters, and all must be given a believable motivation and means to contribute. That each team member felt indispensable, even Black Widow, whose job in Iron Man 2
appeared to consist entirely of bending herself into suggestive poses, is a testament to Whedon’s abilities. Beyond this though, besides making himself into a Hollywood titan overnight, Whedon has also dispelled the myth of Michael Bay for good: that summer action fare need be dumb to be entertaining.