It’s 3:10 AM, and while all my better sense is telling me to get to sleep, I can’t. Because I must take this moment to record the myriad thoughts flowing through my head. See, I just went to see Avengers. Somewhat spur of the moment, and unexpectedly in 3D. And while I can keep my hold on this rare case of post-midnight lucidity, I must mention a few things- lessons mostly- from watching this movie.
This is not a review. There really is no need for a formal review, because let’s be honest, you already know if you’re going to see this movie. My words will not sway you in any way from that path. Take this, then, as a few things to look out for, or just as the ramblings of an exhausted 30-something lifelong geek late at night.
First, an analogy: Avengers :: Marvel as The Dark Knight :: DC. This pretty much sums up the movie in as few words as possible. Everything we have come to expect from a Marvel movie in the past decade is on display here, at it’s utter best. Don’t try to over-think it, just enjoy it. Dark Knight Rises will be out in a few months for your cerebral pleasure.
Second: The 3D doesn’t suck, but it’s also not necessary. Seriously, just save the money from a 3D surcharge and go see it twice. You will want to.
Third: Forget Iron Man 2 ever happened.
Fourth: You will laugh, cry, cheer and come way from the experience feeling blown away. Last Marvel movie I saw that did that for me was First Class, but I’m a self-admitted X-Men junkie. Hell, I don’t even like or read Avengers comics, and I still had a blast here.
Fifth: Mark Ruffalo is the best Hulk, and is easily the best performance in the film. Downey and Hiddleston come in a very close second, but we’ve seen them both doing this in their own films. Ruffalo came from out of nowhere.
Sixth: Two post-credit scenes. One will mess up your pants. I will not say which.