Director Joss Whedon has had only one previous theatrical release, the 2005 ‘space opera Western’ Serenity which grossed US$ 38 million worldwide. By the end of its first week, his new movie The Avengers would have made back its US$ 220 million production budget at the box office. From then on, it’s gravy.
The movie has an exciting blend of snappy dialogue and action set pieces. The script works hard to set up the relationships and dynamic between the different characters. The only disappointment is Maria Hill who comes off looking like Nick Fury’s secretary, rather than the character who will become interim Director of SHIELD.
I’m not going to review the film; there will be plenty of good reviews online. I just want to post my Top 10 favorite moments from the film…there are spoilers here, but even so, I have tried not to reveal too much for those who haven’t seen the film, but can’t stop themselves from reading ahead!
10. Tony Stark – Pepper Potts – Agent Coulson banter; Stark doesn’t seem to appreciate Potts being on a first name basis with “Phil” 🙂
9. Dr. Banner ‘Hulks Out’ for the first time; the Black Widow is in the way.
8. The villain for Avengers 2 appears.
7. Agent Coulson fires a gun and then checks out.
6. Hulk grabs a falling Iron Man.
5. SHIELD research facility implodes.
4. Dr. Banner says “I’m always angry” then turns to face the Chitauri creature.
3. Capt. America and David Banner think the SHIELD aircraft carrier is going to submerge…but we know better, don’t we?
2. Black Widow vs. her Russian interrogators…many uses for a chair.
1. Hulk vs. Loki on the roof of the Stark Tower. Soon after, Hulk says “Puny God”.
The last scene was the most satisfying; I think everyone in the audience felt that way and we could have happily sat through a few more seconds of that.
I think it’s pretty certain that The Avengers will overtake Spider-Man (US$ 403 million) as the top grossing Marvel film at the US Box Office and Spider-Man 3 (US$ 890 million) as the top grossing Marvel film worldwide.