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The Avengers: 2012 (PG-13) -1
USA / Paramount
92% (CF)



Fellow MoFos let it be known I am a HUGE nerd and fanboy! And one BIG fandom is my love for comic book superheroes! Warner Brothers owned the rights to DC and had two great films with Superman and Tim Burton’s Batman. But let me tell yeah, for a long time the pickings were really slim when Marvel was concerned. And while I love DC and Batman is my favorite super hero, I like Marvel as a universe better overall. And the only good Marvel media outside of comics tended to be either cartoons (the X-Men animated series on Fox Kids), a collection of animated shorts I was able to rent on VHS from Blockbuster, or the old re runs of the Incredible Hulk TV show on the Sci-Fi Channel. Any movies made however, tended to be *****. They range from likeable schlock with Dolph Lungren as the none Skull draped Punisher…



To renting episodes of a forgettable Spider Man TV series from Blockbuster…



To Reb Brown in a HORRIBLE Captain America outfit in not one but two terrible movies!



Not to mention dealing with two crappy made for TV movies of The Incredible Hulk with horrible interpretations of Daredevil and Thor!





But yeah know what? I watched them all. I wanted something more than just comics and cartoons. I wanted my favorite characters from my favorite comic company to come to life. I had to wait a bit, but I eventually saw that happen. It started with Blade, got hot with Bryan Singer’s X-Men, and then hit new peaks with Sam Raimi’s Spider Man. Starting the comic book boom that is still going strong.

But the peak of this boom has come from Marvel Studios when they created the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A film series that has proudly embraced its source material; not a “super hero set in the real world” Nolan-esque series. This is pure comic book fun on the big screen, and they have managed to snag BIG TIME talent! Starting off with Robert Downy Jr. as Tony Stark in Iron Man, and building a universe with The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Movies also introducing other characters like Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Loki, and Agent Coulson of SHIELD. The end product of the five films was the cinematic equivalent of a comic book crossover, THE AVENGERS!

By far still the most fun I have had in the theater and the film I say is the best film based on pure entertainment (eeking out an old childhood favorite by a hair). The humor, the action, the scale, and the much lighter tone as compared to the Nolan Batman films makes this an absolute joy to watch for any proper fanboy. Not to mention the fact that the cast has their screen time perfectly balanced so everyone gets to shine in the movie. I could go on and on about this movie. And I did for my last top 50. So if you want the complete fanboy ramblings, here is the link to that post entry.

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Just know that these movies made a little kid’s dreams come true.