It's hard to even begin forming a coherent thought about this movie. When Marvel started down this road with the first Iron Man movie, it seemed like such a pipe dream that the road was going to come to an end with an actual AVENGERS movie. It just seemed impossible that they would be able to make it all come together all those years down the road. Well, it fucking came together and it's fucking awesome. Random thoughts:
- Black Widow and Hawkeye got a lot of good character-developing love in this movie which was good, considering they were only in support roles in their previous appearances. I don't know if I'll ever totally love Scarlet Johannson as Black Widow but it was a big step up from basically just being a hot ass in Iron Man 2. I liked the early twist of having Hawkeye being mind controlled by Loki. It paid some homage to his villainous roots in the comics and gave him the opportunity to be badassed where he might have been overshadowed by the rest of the team coming together in the early parts of the movie.
- Holy shit, The Hulk. I like the other Hulk movies but this was the best Banner/Hulk we've gotten. I mean, both of those movies had Hulking and Smashing but neither of them really gave the Hulk the opportunity to really cut loose like he does at the end of this movie. There was a lot of awesome stuff but Hulk punching Thor and manhandling Loki are things I want gifs of. Also, Mark Ruffalo killed it, and was quietly hilarious in the face of the bigger personalities on the team. I'm totally down for a new Hulk movie starring him.
- I loved Loki and thought he was even better here than he was in Thor, hitting the right range from comically mischievous to maniacally so. Also props to Whedon for keeping the character alive and the Tessaract in one piece. Always nice to keep those doors open, y'know just in case.
- The Big Three were all great and I loved any and all of their interactions. Despite it being a team movie I thought they did a great job of picking up Cap's development as he tries to orient himself to a world so much more advanced than the one he left. Robert Downey continues to be Tony Stark, and I think there was a real risk of him dominating the movie as the most established character and biggest personality but they managed to balance things out really well.
- Going into the movie I was already speculating in my head who the villain might be for the next movie, the short list being Thanos, Kang or Ultron. From the first scene of the movie, where they set up that Loki is working with a force from the other end of space I knew it was going to be Thanos but that didn't make the pre-credits tease any less goosebump inducing.
Overall though, I'm fucking happy as shit. I'm sure I'll find some things to nitpick and surely some of the luster will wear off eventually but holy shit I saw an Avengers movie, a movie that took five other movies and many years to get to, and it was totally awesome. I can't wait for more and I just hope they can keep this ship sailing for many more years to come.
I'm out like the gout.