May 7, 2012
We’ve established that competency is sexy. This is a very sexy movie.
I think I need to see it again, so I can watch without thinking, “Frak you, Joss Whedon,” through the entire second half. Because the guy seems determined to prove he cannot advance a plot without suddenly impaling a beloved character. I only called it because I thought it was so ridiculously obvious an idea it couldn’t possibly happen.
HOWEVER **more spoilers!**
When in the next scene Nick Fury is standing on the bridge of the helicarrier announcing, “I am blatantly using Agent Coulson’s senseless and perhaps not entirely unexpected death to motivate the characters and advance the plot,” — a remarkably meta performance for a movie like this — I decided that Fury was lying about Coulson being dead, and the guy’s actually tucked away in some secret hospital room, recovering. IMDB is not much help to us here, alas. Clark Gregg is listed as “rumored” to appear in some theoretical upcoming Nick Fury movie. Which doesn’t mean anything. But still, if it happens, just remember we had this little talk so I can say, “I told you so.”
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system… It’s a thoroughly enjoyable film. My friends and I spent about eight hours beforehand watching the previous chapters of the saga (the last half of Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, “The Consultant,” Iron Man II, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer,” Thor, and Captain America), which I expected to be exhausting, but it turns out that’s an awfully good, energizing set of movies. I noticed lots of details I didn’t before, especially the amount of SHIELD references in the Hulk. So at this point, arriving at the theater and watching The Avengers was like spending time with old friends, which is what all great series, book or movie, should do. I’m ready for more.
I really want to see the scene where Steve Rogers visits Peggy Carter’s grave. Please?