Rambling About Marvel’s The Avengers With Spoilers! (2012)

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Iron Man 1 Review

Incredible Hulk Review

Iron Man 2 Review

Thor Review

Captain America First Avenger Review

Civil War Review

Spider-Man Homecoming Review

Infinity War Review

Captain Marvel Review

It’s interesting that I am just getting to watching this movie now! I have actually seen the entire first season of Agents of SHIELD, and part of the second season of that show (if not all of it) in 2013 and 2014. That show had to do specifically with the aftermath of the events of this first Avengers film. Therefore, I knew about what had happened in this movie and about what happened after the movie before I saw the movie! But I finally watched it, and I have to say, it wasn’t my favorite?

For starters, Hulk. After realizing that this was the first Hulk appearance after his 2008 film, it was very easy to judge the choices made with his character. Hulk grew on me in future movies, but this was so different from the original Hulk. The original Hulk was far more in control. He had a personality. Now, Bruce Banner has personality, but Hulk only seems to know how to destroy. Hulk was able to originally recognize Betty in 2008, but now Bruce can’t recognize anyone after the change. The breathing and meditation techniques that Hulk had learned in the first film also seem to have been thrown out of the window in this installment! It was like a brand new character was just thrown into this film, even though Hulk 1 is still technically a part of the MCU. At least when the Rhodey actor change occurred Rhodey kept most of his original personality. This seems to be a completely different Hulk.

One thing that I did enjoy was including the scientist from Thor. I didn’t know why he was even in Thor, but now I see that he was one of the top working scientists at the time. It makes Jane seem even smarter for being able to get his help for her project. Even Loki knew that he could be useful and took him. We also finally get properly introduced to Clint, well semi-properly as he is also taken by Loki. But at least we get to see how powerful he is! Last movie he was just standing in a giant basket during a 5-minute fight and then didn’t even end up getting to shoot anything. I want to know even more about his character.

Stark finally has to work with a real team in this film. He is used to just going off by himself and doing whatever he wants to do, but these tactics won’t work in this case. They have to come together and use the knowledge from the whole team in order to defeat Loki and his army. Just when the team is about to fall apart, Coulson dies. Those who haven’t seen Agents of SHIELD might not know Coulson, but Coulson’s death is so tragic to me as a person who loved that show! But his death was not in vain, as that was what the Avengers needed to truly become a team. Then, they were finally able to work together to defeat Loki!

Honestly, I don’t have much to say about this film in comparison with other films? Yes, it was a good film, but I just didn’t connect with it as much as I connected with the individual films. I loved Infinity War and Endgame as well, so this original creation of the team seems small in the grand scheme of things. But this was how the Avengers started to work together even though some, like Thor, weren’t even from Earth. The team was finally created, and Earth finally had a proper group of defenders. Which is good, because they are going to need them.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rambling About Iron Man 2 With Spoilers

Whiplash is as smart as Tony Stark. If not, a bit smarter in some ways. He managed to make a suit that would severely damage Stark’s Iron Man suit from some sort of basement lab in Russia! Tony Stark did create the original Iron Man suit while in captivity, but he still used his money and tech to create a truly fully functional amazing suit that he uses in later movies. Vanko was able to do this with much less machines and much less money, but a lot of creativity. Not gonna lie, Whiplash was definitely one of the best villain suits I have seen in the movies so far. He even recreated the type of power source that Iron Man used!

As Iron Man’s palladium core was killing him, Vanko was teaming up with Justin Hammer to recreate Iron Man’s suits for private sale. Justin Hammer was probably the stupidest villain I have ever seen in a Marvel film. Even though Vanko had basically the same intelligence of Tony Stark, Hammer treated him as if he was some sort of stupid child. Vanko plays along with this, very well I might add, and acts as if he is just someone who only half knows what he is doing. He isn’t doing what Hammer really wants him to do, but Hammer wouldn’t know because he deosn’t know how to build the machines anyways. Hammer didn’t even pay attention to see what Vanko was doing at all, he just trusted this villain to do exactly what he wanted without any questions asked and without any problems. I hated every time Hammer showed up on screen, the weasly little man he was. I just started rooting for Vanko by the middle, just so Hammer wouldn’t win.

Tony was…..well he was being Tony for most of this movie. Stupid, immature, and 40 years old. He was using the suit as a sort of publicity stunt, and acting as if he was a celebrity. He got drunk, almost hurt people with his stunts, and ruined his relationship with his friend Rhodey in the process. Rhodey took one of his suits to the Army, which was a dumb decision in hindsight, but it got it out of the hands of a clearly unstable Tony. Then, Tony got in contact with Fury, saw that he really needed to change things around in order to defeat a new villain, and got himself together.

I was totally not expecting the battle scene to go as it did. Vanko really thought about every single little possibility, Rhodey and Tony barely made it away! Hammer never even knew what the machines that he paid for were being made to do, and now he’s arrested for putting so many people in danger. Vanko did kill himself trying to kill Tony, but he definitely caused a lot of damage. What he wanted to do was show the public that Iron Man wasn’t invincible, and he definitely did that. If things hadn’t gone the way they had at the end of the fight, Tony would have died. And what wasn’t really explored in the future films was how the public viewed Iron Man after those events.

Sure, he saved a lot of people, but Hammer was one of Stark’s business associates. Now, it is two business associates of Stark that have gone rogue and tried to kill a lot of people. This would have definitely had some sort of impact on Stark’s reputation, but this isn’t even touched upon. The movie also doesn’t discuss how the people really react to Tony after Vanko. The public just treat him like a hero and give him medals, they don’t talk about how so many people, even people in other countries are going after him. It would have been an interesting spin, the public wondering if the superheroes are putting them in more danger than safety, but it isn’t quite discussed until later films.

Oh, and Pepper does get a little better in this movie! Tony wants to dedicate all of his time to making his suits, so he makes Pepper the CEO of Stark Industries. She does have to deal with a lot of the fallout from Tony’s poor decisions, but she does so in a calm and collected manner. There were a few scenes where she had to deliberately be dumb so that Tony would swoop in and save her, but she was definitely better than last film. I’m still mad that she just stood there as the robot’s body was beeping and about to blow up though. Like cmon, she can be a CEO, but she can’t tell when a bomb is literally being a bomb?

Overall, I liked this movie! I liked it a lot. I would deinitely recommend watching this before Endgame, it’s definitely a fun one.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars