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    That's a line from the classic 'Captain America And The Avengers' game in case you don't know. The only screen Marvel's Mightiest Heroes appeared on back in my youth was that of an arcade cabinet. But by the Beyonder, 'The Avengers'has exploded onto the screen and debuted to record breaking business in Europe.

    So join ThinkMcFlyThink's European correspondent (and Movie Moan's biggest Marvel geek) Phil Gee as he takes back every word of doubt he ever had to say about this project and falls head over heels in love with the best Marvel movie made to date......period:-

    4:55 mins - Trust us, it's a pretty spoiler-lite review of 'The Avengers'(we'll do the full blow by blow spoiler filled version next week once you've all had a chance to see it) but Phil does go into detail about character specifics, the film's great achievements, slight flaws and the beaming bright future of Marvel Studios.

    43:05 mins - We had to chime in a little on 'The Hobbit'and the news of its lukewarm reception at this year's Cinema-Con. Phil's only talking about because the reviews of the preview footage mentioned it looked like 'I. Claudius'.

    Think of this show as an appetizer for our comic book special extravaganza next week featuring 'The Avengers', 'The Dark Knight Rises', 'Man of Steel', 'The Amazing Spider-man', 'Dick Tracy' and perhaps more than one special guest. Have a great week!

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    Reader Comments (8)

    Nice Avengers break down Phil!

    Great review Phil.
    A note about what you said pertaining to Captain America. You said he reverts back to his base instincts as a soldier when faced with this new world. That's great and all, yet it really outlines what was wrong with The First Avenger. None of that was earned in that film. He was a "solider" for like a week or something and we were supposed to believe that everything that Cap is loved for in comics, actually existed in that film. I say nay. He wasn't a hardened soldier in that film, it was just another Joe Johnston Adventure picture. A kid given a gift that pulped his way though pose to pose action pulp. Everything right about this film in terms of characterization comes because Whedon get's these characters.

    There isn't one moment in Avengers when anyone's character is lacking, if anything there are plenty of moments when characters are making new fans(see hulk) because they are finally acting like they do in the books. Marvel and Hollywood have a habit of letting their own talent write this material(my god green lantern), Nolan was at least smart enough to bring the very Bi Polar Goyer in. Whedon represents someone who, tomorrow could write a memorable run in any mainstream comic book. He's already done so with Astonishing Xmen. Like the Hulk, Whedon has been unleashed here and the audience will respond accordingly. Hell yes Thor really talks like that, hell yes Hulk/Banner is the focus in any scene.

    The only question now is how will this properties fare without Whedon, or has Marvel finally been shown the right path.

    looks like my box office prediction for Avengers may have been right after all.

    05-2-2012 | Unregistered CommenterJo

    @ Joshua

    Thank you kindly.

    @ Jo

    I understand why you'd feel that way about 'The First Avenger'. It was one of the side effects of that rushed third act. But don't forget, he wasn't a solider for just a week. That film takes place over the course of at least several months when Cap and his gang are kicking Hydra ass. And even if that weren't the case, that sense of duty and honour were traits Steve Rogers already came with. That was the whole point of the character before he became superhuman. I never had a problem with it. I just felt Whedon took it a step further.

    05-3-2012 | Registered CommenterPhil Gee

    Saw an early screening of this last night. FANTASTIC! Whedon nailed it big time.

    Stick through all the credits - there is a final scene at the end that is truly worth sitting through the credit roll for.

    My more in depth review - .

    05-3-2012 | Unregistered CommenterOldDarth

    I saw The Avengers last night and it does deliver to be a good action film but it's not the best Marvel ever. X-Men 2 and Spider-Man 2 are still better. Hell I even like Punisher 04 over Avengers IMO.

    05-6-2012 | Unregistered CommenterA2THEH

    I agree with a2theh

    The Avengers, while a very entertaining film with lots of great theater moments, didn't do a whole lot for me in the story dept. Spidey 2 is still the king (imho) of Marvel films where it involves storytelling with depth, layers, all on human emotions. It's something we can relate with. X2 comes a close second though.

    ... I can't say the same for Punisher 2004 though, lol sorry a2theh :D

    05-7-2012 | Unregistered CommenterTDW

    @TDW Punisher 04 is one of my personal favorites.

    05-7-2012 | Unregistered CommenterA2THEH

    I think you folks will enjoy this week's show then. Far less gushing from me, a lot more sensible opinions :)

    05-9-2012 | Registered CommenterPhil Gee

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