Monday, January 16, 2012

More Good News About The Avengers (2012)


I'm excited about the upcoming Avengers film but, at the same time, I don't want to get too amped up only to get disappointed.

That said, 2008's Iron Man ended up being a near-masterpiece as far as comic book films go (apart from that final and somewhat clumsy action set-piece), and last year's Captain America: The First Avenger (2012) was surprisingly good, heartfelt even.

Joss Whedon is a talented man -- I used to watch "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" religiously -- but does he have the ability to write about the odd plight of Steve Rogers in modern America?

His comments in Entertainment Weekly last week gave me a bit of hope.

I'm not sure if the general public will dig it, but I'm thrilled to hear that the story in The Avengers (2012) will be told through Steve Rogers' unique perspective.

Even though I've been an Avengers fan for nearly 40 years, I don't care much about who is the leader of the team in the film; sure, there's drama in the jockeying to be the boss, but it was never my favorite part of the book.

So I guess what I'm saying is that I don't care who they make the leader of the team in the film but I do care, and am very happy to read, that they seem to have grasped that an essential part of the drama be the poignant plight of the unfrozen World War II hero named Steve Rogers.

I look forward to the character moments between Chris Evans' Steve Rogers and Robert Downey's Tony Stark almost as much as I look forward to the big action scenes.

Luckily, I think Joss Whedon is the sort of guy who knows that the fanboys dig those little moments almost as much as they dig the CGI-stuff, and the big explosions.