Ep. 16: The Avengers


With the recent release of the trailer for The Avengers: The Age of Ultron, Nate and Ryan decided to revisit Joss Whedon’s 2012 blockbuster The Avengers.  Considered by many to be the crown jewel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers broke box office records and was hailed by comic book geeks and noobs alike.

In keeping with the epic scope of Whedon’s vision, this episode covers a lot of ground, from the appeal of Joss Whedon, to the difference between superhero movies and historical epics.  Let us know what you think of The Avengers, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel vs. DC, The Dark Knight, and the difference between Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon’s visions for the superhero genre.

Nate mentions two articles in the episode. They’re worth a read if you’ve got some time-

Why I’m Dreading The New Slate of Superhero Movies by Todd VanDerWerff

Things Crashing Into Other Things, or My Superhero Movie Problem by Matt Zoller Seitz

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  1. I’m with Nate on this one. I didn’t know a film had been made of Never Let Me Go. I will have to check that one out.

  2. Appreciated your discussion on The Avengers. I particularly enjoyed the disagreements you had; it almost got personal!

    As a rule, I had avoided superhero movies when this genre first got rolling (Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Daredevil), but have really appreciated the Marvel films once Marvel started taking ownership of them. I love particularly the fact that they are all in the same universe.

    Sacrilegious Statement Alert: I’m not a fan of Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. I felt the films were self-important, ponderous, and preachy. These marvel films, especially those leading up to the Avengers, did a wonderful job of capturing the fun of the comics, while offering more depth and better story telling than the earlier movies.

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