Why am I awake at 5am posting on my blog without having gone to sleep last night? I think this photo explains it all:
Yes, that’s me waiting for the midnight showing of Marvel’s The Avengers to start.
After a few years of looking forward to this blockbuster and several weeks of working hard to avoid as many spoilers as possible, it was finally time at 12:01 am this morning to sit down and watch the Holy Grail of comic book movies.
Honestly, the last 24 hours were the most nervewracking in my countdown as my impatience finally got the better of me.
It didn’t help that Thursday was a scheduling nightmare with me waking up at 4 so I could work 7 to 6 and then some mini-golf at PlayhouseSquare’s Partners Par-Tee.
Afterwards we headed home for a large gulp of coffee. Even more than the jolt of caffeine, @PoiseinParma’s advice on Twitter is what helped me get through the day:
I even gained a bit of sympathy for Twi-Hards along the way (however, I still detest the books and movies). I finally get their complete obsession as I’m pretty sure 3/4 of my tweets yesterday had to do with The Avengers and comic books (in my defense, though, The Avengers stands tall above Twilight in terms of quality).
So, how was the movie? It was everything I wanted out of The Avengers and then some. You won’t find any spoilers here, though I’ll admit one scene ranks as the most deserving ass-kicking between 2 people I’ve ever witnessed in a movie.
And as with Iron Man and the other movies leading up to this, be sure to stay til the very very end of the final credits. We watched so many people leave right at the beginning of the credits who missed out on some exciting and hilarious extras.
While I am completely biased (so take this for what it’s worth), I think non-comic book fans will enjoy The Avengers a lot too. Although the action sequences are a thing of beauty, Joss Whedon really succeeds by making it a funny, endearing, quirky ride.
This is not surprising for those of us who have been Whedon fans for awhile. If The Avengers was your first taste of Whedon and you want some more, I personally recommend the shortlived but cult favorite Firefly (as well as its followup movie Serenity) and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
The man is a master storyteller and writes pitch perfect characters. The Avengers was no different with Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/Hulk portrayal being the best Hulk I’ve seen to date.
Of course, if you’re from Cleveland, you may be eager to see whether there were enough shots of our city to justify shutting down parts of downtown last summer. Without wanting to spoil things, I can say The Avengers utilized the city much more than Spiderman 3 did – especially with a certain Berlin exterior scene.
Plain Dealer columnist and comic book writer Michael Sangiacomo put together a nice article that covers a few of the The Avengers scenes featuring Cleveland.
For those who haven’t read the comics or are familiar with all of the characters, Sangiacomo also offers this helpful primer on The Avengers.
All I know is I was so jazzed after seeing it that I am STILL awake enough to stay up and write this blog post after inhaling a late-night burger and milkshake. And I definitely plan on seeing it again…very soon.
I hope you do too…and feel free to share what you thought of it in the comments below. Good or bad. I may dress up with Hulk gloves in my free time; however, a well-articulated opinion even if it’s different than my own won’t make me ‘hulk out.’
Of course I’ve been awake for 24+ hours so I don’t think I’d have enough energy for you to see me get angry, even if I wanted to.
Not tired yet of all this comic book talk? Check out my earlier post on comic book creators from the Cleveland area.