Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Lighter Side of success. Avengers assemble!

Sufficient time has passed to really start talking about the avengers without spoiling the experience for people who may have not watched the movie as yet. If you have not watched 'The Avengers' yet, stop wasting time on the internet and go out and buy a damn ticket!

Us geeks are primarily responsible for 3 things
  • Supporting movies that smash box office records (in the most obvious way, by watching them a few times on circuit before downloading the BluRay rip off the internet)
  • Making the world go round, and
  • making the lives of office workers slightly more bearable by creating jokes that get forwarded virally via e-mail
Since the Avengers smashed box office records, and the world was still spinning, I thought it appropriate to collate some of the best Avengers jokes for my readers. A deeper blog on the Freudian themes of the movie (titled: "Loki got daddy issues") and why the Black Widow was a better casting choice than Wasp (titled: Wasp = small; Scarlett Johansen = BIG) will follow in due course. Where to begin:

Robin, eh, Maria Hill is such an awesome character in the comics and I hope that Marvel introduced her here, so that she may play a bigger part in Iron Man 3.

My 3 funniest scenes in the movie are
  • When Loki gets Thumped by Hulk
  • When Thor gets sucker punched by Hulk, and
  • when Thor admits that Loki is in fact adopted.

 The majority of the jokes have been at the expense of Black Widow for her portrayal of the role, often referred to in industry terms as "eye candy". Those of you who honestly believed that the sight of Black Widow reloading her pistol in that panoramic shot of the Avengers preparing for battle in the streets of New York, instilled fear in the approaching alien army would be pleased to hear that Marvel are considering a Black Widow movie. The movie may focus on her Origins story but I personally think it would be a mistake. I have been know (rarely) to be wrong (predicted success of Green Lantern). The funniest joke in this genre (that is family appropriate) is this one that depicts what the movie would have looked like if all the Avengers posed like the female Avenger.

Of course, jokes were not only directed at characters in the Avengers but Spidey got a fair dose, as did, the Dark Knight (Fun Fact: The only reason Spidey did not participate in the action was that the rights to spiderman are owned by Sony and the movie was made by Marvel/ Disney)

Well as Boromir knows only too well...

Those of us who knew, and those who needed to make the necessary wardrobe adjustments before getting up, would have seen the teaser in the end credits of the potential villain in Avengers 2. Non geeks, let me introduce, Thanos. Thanos is an insanely powerful alien and would make an amazing villain but I suspect that we will be seeing him as the villain in Thor 2. (Fun fact: When Thanos smirks at The Other's remark about how launching another attack on earth would be like courting death, it was because he loves Death. 'Loves', not in the normal sadistic evil villain kinda way but since Death is personified as a lady in the Marvel universe, more in a " wanna catch a movie sometime and then come back to my place" kinda way.

I think the Avengers have lived up to expectation, which is saying a lot, cos that was a healthy dose of expectation. I will update this post with more funnies/ comments so if you feel I may have missed some of the better ones, please share. 

Until the Dark Knight Rises, Make mine Marvel!