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Author Topic: Avengers Assemble! Post-Movie Talk
Justice
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Post Re: Avengers Assemble! Post-Movie Talk
on: May 9, 2012, 19:16

Majestic -that was awesome as ...heck.

:D

StefanJ
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Post Re: Avengers Assemble! Post-Movie Talk
on: May 9, 2012, 21:57

My Little Avengers = OMFG!

StefanJ
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Post Re: Avengers Assemble! Post-Movie Talk
on: May 15, 2012, 18:39

The story behind the "Cute Kid on Loki's Shoulders" picture:

http://www.g33kwatch.com/movies/story-of-a-five-year-old-avenger-meeting-the-avengers/

That kid WON OUT.

Justice
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Post Re: Avengers Assemble! Post-Movie Talk
on: May 15, 2012, 22:57

Stefan - that was a GREAT story - thank you! [Made me feel like a kid again!]

StefanJ
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Post Re: Avengers Assemble! Post-Movie Talk
on: May 15, 2012, 23:03

Behind the Shawarma scene:

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/05/04/backstory-avengers-secret/

Amazing . . . it was filmed just before the movie's release.

Tempest
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Post Re: Avengers Assemble! Post-Movie Talk
on: May 16, 2012, 08:51

I knew this one was going to get the double thumbs-up from the first scene onward; as with pretty much every other decent superhero movie that's been made so far, this one worked because Joss Whedon stuck to the core character (and situational) concepts and did not let the story get diluted with nitwit second-echelon producer ideas about how to "improve the script". *COUGH* Tim Burton *COUGH*

With regard to the casts' performances, I'm going to have to cut out the middleman and just state that I think everybody did an absolute bang-up job. Two of my favourite scenes were when Loki and Natasha were doing their little intellectual tennis game with the backspins, feints and so forth, and the Black Widow/Hawkeye scrap. Call me the old sentimental type, but Phil Coulson's death did tick me off; that scene were he turns into a ten-year old kid around Steve Rogers, hoping for the trading-card autographs, pointed out that this guy definitely did have a life outside of work. And, yes, I was thinking, on many occasions, how this movie would have been made to fit into a V&V system scenario.

I did stick around for the Thanos cameo scene, but figured that was it and didn't see the last-last scene with the shwarma place. Needless to say, I am going to be seeing this sucker again and will make sure that I catch that one "live", as it were.

On a final note, the best comparison I can make, in terms of movie-going experiences, is with when Aliens first came out back in '86. One reviewer stated that it - Aliens - was a two and a half hour movie that seemed like it was an hour and a half: things moved that quickly and had that little dead space between scenes. Avengers gets the same kudos in my book - this is a rare event that will echo in the superhero communities - print and film alike - for a very long time to come.

Majestic
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Post Re: Avengers Assemble! Post-Movie Talk
on: May 16, 2012, 22:56

Awesome summary, Tempest. And thanks for the links, Stefan. Both are great! :)

V&V GM and player since 1982 (my current campaign is 22 years old); also run West End Games d6 Star Wars monthly, as well as the occasional The One Ring and Marvel Heroic Roleplaying game

Dracos
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Post Re: Avengers Assemble! Post-Movie Talk
on: May 17, 2012, 11:36

What makes everyone think Couldon is really dead?

Yes I believe Fury is that big a bastard. I'm just throwing it out there.

Tempest
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Post Re: Avengers Assemble! Post-Movie Talk
on: May 18, 2012, 11:53

Dracos, you have addressed a suspicion that has been flitting around my consciousness since just before the credits started coming up: Is it my imagination, or did Natasha swap a quick high-five/handshake with someone who might, just might, have been Phil Coulson as she was walking out?

Not to sound as though I'm reveling in the misery of a person's (however fictional) death, but I honestly feel that it would be a bit cheap if it turned out that Phil Coulson was not dead - a bit too much like, "Yes, even though they thought they had destroyed Darth Vader, it was only a fake Darth Vader." In the original draft of New Hope, Obi-Wan survived to the end: it was George Lucas' then-wife who stated that someone the audience cared about had to die on the Death Star, or the threat that the entire construct held would turn out to be nothing but hot air. Similarly, Phil's death lends Loki's (and the Chitauri) invasion real weight, and gives us a personal reason to want to see the S.O.B.s get what for at the hands of the surviving characters.

If it does turn out that Phil is back from the dead, by whatever methodology, you're not going to catch me crying about it too much, though, as I've been keeping track of Clark Gregg's performances since that supporting role he had in Dave Mamet's excellent Spartan: he's one of those actors who rarely seems to get starring roles, but is often in "fifth business" (for those who get that rather Canadian-specific reference) type positions that really helps move the story forward. Although Cobie Smulders seems to have been primed to take his place (and yes, I will happily stare at the girl for hours on end), Phil Coulson's absence will still be keenly felt.

bkadams
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Post Re: Avengers Assemble! Post-Movie Talk
on: May 18, 2012, 13:21

He could have been a Life Model Decoy. Someone mentions it although I can't remember who...

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