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Avengers Review

So I saw the Avengers this weekend and wanted to share my thoughts. Yes, it’s worth watching. Is it the best superhero movie ever? Some say, “Yes.” I say, no. Is it the best Marvel movie? Again, I say no. Here’s why.

First of all, I have to say that I believe based on comments made by the films editors, there is enough footage out there that there may be a cut of the film that will please me. I am just not that pleased with the final cut, but I rather expected it.

Summer blockbusters always follow this formula: safe. That’s right. Studios rarely like to take risks when it come to what they expect to be a blockbuster. Marvel has been especially guilty of this as of late. They’ve spent about a decade experimenting and figuring out what works. And since Iron Man they’ve stayed with what works. Very small risks. And who can blame them? Look at the reaction to the first Hulk movie (which I actually liked… I know, hate me if you want), X-men 3, and Spider-man 3. Those movies were all big risks and big failures. And Disney has been even worse with this. Their live-action department is horrendously bland. So combining Disney and Marvel does not make this movie-goer too happy. This may change in the future now that Rich Ross is gone. I hope it does.

And how does the content of the movie fair? Just as you’d expect from the previous paragraph. Plenty of good action, funny lines, character interactions, etc. Problem is, we’ve seen it all before. It’s nothing new, it’s just the fun of seeing the different characters interact. And it was fun, but to be honest, I expected more. Much was cut for the sake of actions scenes. I truly hoped for something more engaging. The kind of conflict that Captain America and Thor had was much more engaging. Avengers was mostly just physical conflict. Yeah, there was the whole thing about them getting along and all, which was good. There were some very good scenes. But just when it felt something cool happened it was interrupted by cheesy one-liners.

SPOILER WARNING
Another thing that really annoyed me was Loki. I expected great things from having him as a villain. There’s so much they could have drawn from in Thor. But it was only touched on. He was dismissed from being a major threat right from the start. Some advice to Marvel and Disney: don’t put the main antagonist in a cage for the first half of the movie.

Okay, so the movie wasn’t that bad. I enjoyed it. But I fear unless Marvel and Disney change their strategy, this may be the best we get. And trust me, it could be much better.

Ultimate Spider-man VS Spectacular Spider-man

I just started watching Ultimate Spider-man on Disney XD this weekend. While I find it definitely worth watching, there are still a few big flaws.

I’ll give the good points first.

Comedy

It’s something that’s always been part of Spider-man, but this series really takes full advantage of it. Lots of fun with the animation and breaking the fourth wall with Parker’s commentary. There are some clear Scott Pilgrim influences as well. That was a happy surprise as I’ve been hoping it would eventually have an influence on movies and television. Seeing the same use of text and even the K.O. during a villain punch collide with my favorite superhero was a welcome treat.
The downside is that Parker’s commentary becomes too frequent. And some of the dialogues sounds VERY juvenile. It’s not terrible. But it sounds like they’re playing it down for the immature adolescent boys who the show is aimed at. Can’t blame them, but I smell executive meddling.

The Animation

The animation is great! Even better than SS in some ways. Creative script that leads to even more creative storyboards.
Downside: I can’t stand the character designs. They’re just not very appealing and there’s not much stylization. One of my favorite things about SS was the character designs.

Acting

I would say, overall, the voice direction is much better than SS.
Downside is, Josh Keaton still sounds better as Spidey.

Story
I like the fact that they’re incorporating other Marvel characters. I’ve always been a sucker for cross-overs.
Unfortunately, the frantic pacing is sometimes too fast. Especially in the episode Doom, there’s so much being thrown at you all at once that you can hardly tell what’s going on in the last half of the episode. I know kids have short attention spans, but come on! That smell of executives is getting stronger. And then there’s Aunt May. I don’t know if it was this way in the Ultimate comics, but I still don’t like it. Peter actually tells the audience that it would be lame if he was living with his “dotey old aunt” and quickly reassures his audience (who apparently thinks it’s uncool for an orphan to choose to live with his widowed aunt (though he doesn’t really have a choice)) that Aunt May is really “cool!” And by “cool” he means making Aunt May into a completely different character, one who’s feistier, beats Peter at video games, has more energy, strength, looks younger, etc. What’s really uncool? That executive meddling I was talking about. This reeks of it! I’m starting to wish Viacom had bought Marvel instead of Disney.

It’s a good show, but I still prefer Spectacular Spider-man (one of my favorite shows ever!) I also don’t see a reason why this show couldn’t have been a sequel to SS. I miss Gwen Stacy… 😦

Of course, in the end, what you really wanna know is, “Is Ultimate Spider-man worth watching?” The answer is… EDIT