It truly is a golden age for geeks.
Thirty to forty years ago, when I was reading the new Avengers comics every month and trying to find back issues I'd missed, I never considered it a real possibility that a movie such as Joss Whedon's live-action "Avengers" (which opened in wide release today) would ever see the light of day. It just seemed preposterous to even consider, given the staggering difficulty of realizing any kind of convincing superheroic action on screen and the enormous costs associated with even getting halfway there.
Fast forward several decades.
Computer-generated imaging has made the realistic visualization of ANYTHING possible, and -- though expensive to do right -- economically fits with the movie-making model.
People in high places are wising up to the fact (long known by those of us who read them) that a lot of comics have great characters with compelling story lines which -- in the right hands -- can make great movies… which can also bring in huge profits.
And so we come to "Avengers", which I had the giddy pleasure of viewing today with a group of MIrage Studios friends. Simply put, it is an amazing piece of work -- satisfying on virtually all levels. I congratulate everyone involved, and thank them from the bottom of my heart for turning out such a wonderful treat.
I look forward to seeing it again, soon -- I think the next time will be within a few days, and I'll go with my wife. I haven't told her much about the movie, although I did mention (without describing what happens) one scene -- a confrontation between the evil Asgardian Loki and the Incredible Hulk -- which had us breaking out in gales of laughter in the theatre. And not because it was unintentionally funny, but because it was a PERFECT reading of what would happen if those two characters went head-to-head. Even now, just thinking about it makes me smile. -- PL