One of the most anticipated films of 2012 has hit theaters near you. So many of you have been anxiously waiting for this latest film from Marvel Pictures. A film that has taken the making of several films for the individual avengers themselves to make. Who knows how long ago Marvel came up with this idea, but it was a massive one. When you combine four of Marvel’s most popular heroes to work together, you are dealing with a massive idea. The secret to achieving success on the big screen would be how this massive idea would be created in a film. Considering that you do not have five hours of film to present, there was something that had to give in terms of having the audience become familiar with each of the heroes. The list is a bit long to list here, but some of these characters have had at least two films about them; while others have had just one, such as Thor and Captain America. Which leads to the bigger picture that is this film, The Avengers.
As great as the anticipation and excitement surrounding this film has been, the stakes could not be any higher for the film makers and Marvel Pictures. There should be the expectation that the audience will want more out of this arrangement of heroes than just this film. The idea is too big for it to take place in just one film. It is almost as if the best actors of a particular genre would be put together to be part of a film. Something so rare and special is worthy of at least one blockbuster film. The best example of this is Sylvester Stallone’s directorial work with the film The Expendables. This is a film that already has a sequel ready to be released this summer. While that is to be determined with this film, you have to believe that the expectation for it is there; not only would the audience want it, but Marvel should want it as well. The question then becomes what aspects of this film would be as massive as the idea of putting these super heroes together, compared to others? The truth is that it is a task that is very difficult to accomplish. To have the right blend of action, suspense, a great story, and even humor. After all, the key to the success of this type of film is how much fun the audience should have watching it.
Before you can appreciate and enjoy the action and special effects of the film, there has to be a strong effort to come up with a great story. While putting all of these popular super heroes together in one film creates enough excitement for an audience, it is not enough to simply put them on screen to have a great film. Given that this film deals with several protagonists, there is a familiarity that the audience must have with each of the characters. Each of the heroes has their own unique story. Each one brings a strength that the others do not have, but in the name of saving the world we live in, they share the love for this country. Given that each of their stories are long and extensive, it shows the need for this film to have established a smooth transition from all of the films that have lead up to it, to the film itself. Once again, it is important to recognize the negative influence of time. Given more time, so many movies could simply be great, but unfortunately, that is not how it works. Each of these characters deserves the screen time devoted to them for us to understand where they are coming from. Based on how their individual films ended, there is still a lot to be told. Unfortunately this is something that is often times sacrificed because of the effort to have the audience focus on the action and special effects of the current film. It is also sacrificed to not expose the audience to moments in films that simply lack life. You can have massive explosions, and incredible action sequences, but sometimes there is something missing that does not allow you to appreciate the film completely. This emptiness is the lack of putting together a story that is well executed.
The challenge that this film would ultimately face is how it would manage to keep the audience entertained. It is obvious that with this type of film, you are going to have a great deal of action scenes. If the action scenes deliver for the audience, then the film has already begun to exceed the expectations of Marvel and the audience. Each film director brings to the table a particular aspect of the film that should be the cherry on top so to speak. For this film, it is humor. The importance of humor cannot be stressed enough. There is an abundance of humor in comedy, but that is to be expected. However, when you have humor that contributes to the great viewing experience of a film, it helps the film to be more enjoyable, and more importantly, to withstand the test of time. This is the biggest aspect of a fim that can often times be overlooked. Regardless of the generations of the audience watching it, if the film can be remembered, and still be entertaining a few years later, then it is a film that will always be appreciated for what it put together.
So the question now is, what is next? This was a massive idea for Marvel Pictures to put together, and now, this adventure needs a follow up. What is certain is that some of these heroes will have other films devoted to them. While this will allow the audience to become even more familiar with these heroes, it was something that was sacrificed in this film for the sake of putting them on the same team together. But for those of you that are dying to hit the theaters any day now to see this movie, it is a film that will entertain you on a variety of levels. This is why these types of films are made. To give the audience the opportunity to be in awe of seeing their favorite childhood heroes fighting together. With good laughs and some impressive action sequences, there is nothing S.H.I.E.L.D. would want you do more than to watch this film this weekend.