Sunday, October 2, 2011
The Freaking Avengers
Holy crap, I'm excited for this movie. I'll tell ya why.
Marvel has done an excellent job so far in introducing us to the Avengers in 'Thor', 'Captain America', 'The Incredible Hulk' and the uber-successful 'Iron Man' films. The team for next Summer's blockbuster will include:
Iron Man (Tony Stark)
Captain America (Steve Rogers)
The Hulk (Bruce Banner)
Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)
Thor (by the hammer of!)
and Hawkeye (Clint Barton)
And our villain? None other than Loki.
That being said, there's plenty of reason for me to doubt the success of this film. By 'success' I mean fan-pleasing. I have NO doubt it's going to smash a few box-office records. But the hardcore fans such as myself may have some qualms with how they handle these precious characters.
That's always the danger in a star-studded film. The filmmakers rely too heavily on star-power and don't pay enough attention to the story. So a movie crammed with fully-developed characters we already know and love is full of potential, but just as dangerous.
I'm thrilled Loki has been cast as the antagonist, but I'll admit, I'm going to have trouble NOT rooting for him. (Even if he's kicking Tony's butt, which I've heard is going to happen at some point during the film.)
My problem is that Loki is so dang likable.
I mean, how could you hate someone who looks like he's about to crack up laughing? He's the Norse god of mischief, he digs messing with people!
Plus, Loki's background and heartbreak (I won't go into specifics for those of you who haven't seen Thor) make him very sympathetic. Said Tom Hiddleston, "The great thing about Loki is there is potential in him for greatness and awfulness, for great heroism and great villainy."
So while I'll be torn between the Avengers and Loki, at least I'm going to have one heck of a time watching this movie. I'm so dang excited. Hurry up and get here May 4th!