The whole cinema laughed in parts, and I, being the particularly overly-emotional person I am, shed a few tears. Ah, but I always do, so that is no real measure of the movie's emotional depth. I think this film, as with many superhero stories, touches on a few key points critical to the characterisation of heroes. Teamwork, the ability to self-sacrifice... And yet, I was impressed. Joss Whedon (I didn't know he was the director until I saw the credits roll) managed to portray this without heavy metaphor or loss of believability in the genuine humanity of the characters. Each hero felt very three-dimensional, between witty banter and fights that were bound to happen: there was no covering their flaws with perfection, only an awareness that made it easier to cope with them.
I would watch this movie again- hopefully with my family. I'm sure they'd discuss it at length, although I am not certain they're aware of all the stories that have been woven to create this masterful piece. The inclusion of so many heroes, with so many backstories, makes understanding the references a little tricky at times, and I wonder if perhaps it would lose and confuse them.
I am really looking forwards to seeing some kind of involvement on the X-Men's part, particularly as the Avengers were a strong voice for the Mutant Registration Act (if memory serves). I wonder if there will be a film detailing Wolverine's involvement with Captain America during the second world war? I particularly enjoyed the X-Men Evolution cartoons, and thought the few episodes dedicated to that saga were rich in both history and potential.
Perhaps this film is in the making, or maybe it's just a pipe dream... Either way, I'm excited. Superheroes have that effect on me. ;)
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to watch the Avengers with my dearest boy. =) It's a very good movie, though I won't spoil it for anyone. Needless to say, I enjoyed the enactment of superheroes, especially Mr. Downey Jr's efforts towards Ironman. Thor was also easy on the eyes, though I'm sure it must be difficult to convey an overly-muscled-alien-god when his best lines seem to involve a magic hammer.