Avengers Checklist

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I hate to admit it, but I kinda want to see this! I’ve seen only a smattering of the movies that have been leading up to this, but I know the Marvel Comics so I’m not terribly worried about being lost with respect to the plot ;)

Unsurprisingly, there’s a wiki article about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which saves me from doing extra legwork. Thank you, internet. Here’s the rundown:

Iron Man (May 2, 2008) – saw it, liked it.

Incredible Hulk (June 13, 2008) – I got suckered into seeing the Eric Bana Hulk movie. I was determined never to pay for a Hulk movie again. I still haven’t seen this one, though I hear it’s actually ok.

Iron Man 2 (May 7, 2010) – It was on my list of things to do, but I never got around to it while it was in theatres. And I haven’t rented it since any place that rents videos within a hundred kilometres had already closed down in shame. It’s too bad. I did used to rent a ton of videos back in the day. I’ve not been impressed with the Canadian streaming selection and I’ve also got bandwidth quotas to worry about.

Basically, I only see movies now when I physically go to the theatre with my Dad (much rarer these days because the cost is downright insane) or when I visit my folks and watch their movie channels. If I felt like graphing out my movie watching frequency, you’d notice that it fell off a cliff in 2010 and has yet to recover.

Thor (May 6, 2011) – Ok, this one I did see in theatres with my dad. It was alright. I was happy to see Hawkeye, at least!

Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22, 2011) – nope. Captain America never really appealed to me as a kid. I couldn’t understand why there was no equivalent Canadian flag-waving ass-kicker out there (first person to say ‘Wolverine’ dies very slowly, thankyouverymuch). These days he doesn’t bug me much, but I wasn’t interested enough to spend the cash on the movie.

And all of those brings us up to The Avengers (May 4, 2012). I hope it’s good, I really do. I’m more of a DC comics fan, but I cheer for the success of most comic-related endavours, in the hopes that it will elevate everyone’s game and then we, the fans, get even more cool stuff coming out as a result. Fingers crossed!!

Oh, and the MarvelUK trailer is entirely different and much better. Warning: could be considered slightly spoiler-y depending on how much action you want to see before the film is out.

How about you guys? Think it will be worth catching up on the other films before checking out the crossover?

5 thoughts on “Avengers Checklist

  1. Colin

    Captain America was actually pretty good. No more patriotic than it had to be, given the character, and even Captain America had enough of the USO show tour he was on and wanted to get back to fighting the bad guys.

    Iron Man II was a bit of a letdown from the first movie, but still pretty good. I think that Don Cheadle did a better job than Terrance Howard as Rhodie, and it was pretty neat to see them use Elon Musk (SpaceX) and their factory in the movie.

    I am looking forward to seeing the movie in theatre, as opposed to waiting for the Blue Ray.

    The Hulk remains on my yet-to-watch list, but I will watch it before Avengers comes out.

  2. I grew up loving Spiderman and the Fantastic Four. My brother loved Captain America so naturally I didn’t. I also fell in love with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic books, but not the cute turtles on a half shell version. The original ones were the real foursome. They had dark stories, roughly drawn comics, and entirely kicked ass. So that’s my background. I also got into Cloak and Dagger which barely lasted a year in print, but non of these are Canadian heroes either, at least not that I remember.

    I wasn’t an Avenger fan. I leaned toward the X-men side, but I think it would be worth seeing the other movies to get the background. Just from the trailer it looks like Thor would be an essential movie to see. And since you’ve seen it already, that will probably be good enough.

    I liked Ironman 2 though it wasn’t as good as the first one. Captain America was okay, but perhaps some of that brotherly dislike for it was still present. The Hulk I refused to see after seeing the monstrosity that was the first one. I was a fan of the TV show but then again I liked the Dukes of Hazard too when I was growing up so I wouldn’t count my tastes too refined. I did end up catching it somewhere along the line and thought it was much better but still not all that great. (I was a big Thing fan from the Fantastic Four growing up so the Hulk sort of seemed like a rival.)

    I’d say overall it isn’t a necessity to watch any of the movies you missed. It might be good to see the Hulk just to get a different version in your head since the first one tainted that hero so badly. Captain America probably couldn’t hurt either though the premise is probably obvious. I don’t know if you would really need the back story. I’d skip Ironman 2 unless you really love Ironman.

    BTW I too was happy to see Hawkeye in the Thor movie.

  3. Jedi_Kez

    Definitely catch up! Well maybe not the Hulk… I haven’t really liked any of the Hulk movies. Also, it isn’t even the same actor as Bruce Banner. I think you may enjoy Avengers a bit more if you are all caught up.

    Captain America was one of the better ones, and I am not a huge fan of Cap either. Plus, Agent Smith as the Red Skull was pretty good :)

    Iron Man 2 wasn’t as awesome as the first one, but still good. I think I like the wise-ass superheroes like Iron Man and Spider-Man the best!

    Oh, and what about Captain Canuck ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Canuck ) or Guardian ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guardian_(Marvel_Comics) )? I know, I know… other than the names, I don’t think I have ever read (or even seen) one of their comics :)

  4. In watched Captain America – it could be better, I didn’t like the move in time thing.
    IM/IM2 – quite good
    THOR – I really like it, but I didn’t like that it is made from Avangers perspective.
    HULK – worst of all, I hope that new actor will be better.
    My favorite SuperHero is Punisher, I like his dark character but again the movie is 100 times worse then comics.

    I love your blog :*

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