THE AVENGERS (Whedon, 2012) - Is it good? Probably not. Is it fun? Hell yes. It may not be much storywise, but the banter is top notch, and Whedon is very skilled at introducing his characters succinctly and then coloring within the lines. His choices are fresh but make a lot of sense: of course a bromance would develop between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner! Of course Stark’s cockiness and Cap’s respect for authority would clash! He finds room to investigate geeky questions about what would happen if [insert superhero weapon*] hit [insert other superhero weapon**], there’s fan service for both genders and sexual orientations (Ruffalo chest hair!) and I liked how he expanded and fleshed out the role of Black Widow, who uses sexism and men’s underestimation of her capabilities not just once but twice.
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