The Avengers is going to be the biggest movie of the summer. There's really no question about that. Sequels always do better than their predecessors (assuming the initial movie was well-liked), but never has a movie served as the simultaneous sequel to not one, not two, not three, not four, but five summer blockbusters.
The groundwork was laid in The Avengers by two Iron Man films, a Hulk film, and last years Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. None of those films grossed less than $100 million at the box office. Two, the Iron Man films, both broke the $300 million ceiling.
There's very clearly different audiences that will be seeing this film, each from a different flavor of fandom.
Add to that the masses looking for a fun action movie, and you've got a recipe for success, at least on paper.
But what about the script and the filmmakers? Studio meddling? There are a thousand things that could go wrong on a picture of this magnitude.
I'm happy to report that we've averted disaster and Joss Whedon's Avengers film is a home run. It's been almost a full week since I've seen it and I've been going through withdrawals. I need to see it again. Read More...