It was an awesome, two hour Thanos introduction.
Seriously, it was a really well done film. There are so many aspects that I enjoyed. It was well-shot, it had good characters, and a strong plot. Those are the things you’ve heard in most of reviews you’ve read. Now I’m going to talk about the three things I enjoyed from a comic geek perspective.
First, FINALLY someone got the Hulk right. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ed Norton and I loved his take on the Hulk. However, This is the first time I’ve seen both Bruce Banner and the Hulk get treated right. What sold it for me was the introduction of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner. Black Widow is almost in tears when she draws her gun after Banner scares her. This is a small thing, but it established that a world-class assassin is terrified to be in the same room as the monster. Everyone in the movie is scared of him losing control. That’s the way it should be.
Second, Captain America doesn’t get “things.” We as comic fans can forget that he missed a crucial 70 years of American history. He missed the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and much more. It’s easy to forget that he must feel really out of place. They did a good job of showing that he is struggling with his new role in a different world.
Lastly, every character has their own funny or awesome moment. I was worried that this was going to turn into “Iron Man 3.” It’s hard to pull off such a big-name cast group dynamic. That was before I found out Joss Whedon was going to direct the film. No one handles group dynamic like him. Each character stayed fairly true to their comic book counterpart and interacted as well as could be expected.
Overall, I think the movie was well executed. I’ve seen it twice and I’m sure I’ll see it at least one more time before it leaves theaters. I think it was worth the wait and I’m looking forward to the sequel. It will be a long wait, but I have Thanos’ smile to remind me what I’m waiting for.