Avengers, again.

by Cord Culver on April 8, 2014

As I’m writing this I am watching the Avengers for the second time. I haven’t seen it since it was released in 2012. When it was released we saw it as a part of the Marvel marathon. Fifteen hours of hotdogs, soda, recycled air and superheroes. It was like reliving my teenage years in a single day. I haven’t been able to sit still for a movie since.

So, tonight, I’m attempting to re-watch the Avengers and the experience is—different. The humor is still cheesy. The Dutch angles are annoying. The dialogue can be painful. And through all of that, it’s fantastic!

I had a friend tell me this week that he didn’t get the appeal of the Marvel films, and superheroes in general and I explained it like this: Marvel was able to connect all of its films and pay off each of its Easter eggs with an ensemble film that brings all of their beloved characters together—AND it didn’t suck! What people have to understand is that until the early 2000s, and even later in some cases, films didn’t take superheroes seriously. If you want a taste of that, check out Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four movie. It’s painful to watch. So, to see superhero films taken seriously is bringing to life the dreams of thousands grown teenagers. It blows my mind that there are kids in this world whose reference for Batman is the Christopher Nolan films. They don’t know the charm of the 80’s Tim Burton Batman. They don’t know the excitement of seeing storytelling and technology converge in a property that FINALLY brings the feeling of the imagination to the screen and they don’t know the agony of waiting.

It occurs to me that the release of the Avengers signaled the end of an era. The end of a time when children know what it’s like to wait for their imaginations to come to life. It’s both saddening, in that nostalgic way that only fanboys know about, and exciting to see what the advances of technology can bring us.

So, as I watch Avengers for the second time, sans hotdogs and recycled air this time, I feel like I did the first time. The teenager in me is excited to see his heroes alive on the big screen and the father in me is saddened that my daughter will never know what it’s like to wait for something and finally see it come to true. First world problems, eh?




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