Saturday, April 28, 2012

Avengers Assemble

By Ashley Walter 

          Marvel Studios does it again! Releasing yet another superhero, action packed, soon to be blockbuster hit, The Avengers. The Invincible Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), The Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) team up with S.H.I.E.L.D (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) led by Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson). These unlikely heroes are joined together by S.H.I.E.L.D to stop the world-wide threat of Loki, Thor's brother, played by Tom Hiddleston. Loki was believed to have perished; but he is back and is threatening the innocent lives of human beings across the globe.  
            The film was written by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, who joined Marvel Studios in 2000 and has been involved in producing all of Marvel's films since. He was named President of Production in 2007. Executive producer of Iron Man Jon Favreau, expressed many concerns with creating the story line of all these heroes being put together. "It's going to be hard, because I was so involved in creating the world of Iron Man and Iron Man is very much a tech-based hero, and then with Avengers you're going to be introducing some supernatural aspects because of Thor." He doesn't want to blow away the sense of reality that filmmakers worked so hard to create during Iron Man, The Hulk, and Capt. America.
          Thor is the Nordic God of Thunder from the distant land of Asgard, who possesses great power through his legendary hammer known as Mjolnir. Since the character of Thor and the land of Asgard are mythical, there was a fear that this film could be an issue blending superhero “reality” with other worldly fantasy. Kevin Feige argues that it won't be any problem whatsoever.  
            The film was shot in three different locations throughout the U.S. Including New Mexico, Ohio, and New York City. Since Marvel had a merger with Walt Disney, the movie will be created to be seen in 3D as well as 2D.
           Comic book fans everywhere are waiting to see how gracefully the writers are able to get these diverse superheroes to work together. Iron Man, known publically as Tony Stark, is a confident, arrogant, and technologically inclined wealthy bachelor. The Hulk is the monstrous form that Dr. Bruce Banner takes when provoked with anger. This is due to his exposure to gamma radiation. Captain America, who is the alter ego of Steve Rogers, was transformed from a small frail man into a super solider during World War II. He was a national hero in his day before he crashed into the Arctic, where he was frozen until present day. Lastly, there is Thor who is the Nordic God of Thunder who posses super human strength through his legendary hammer known as Mjolnir.
          Regarding the dynamic between Captain America and Iron Man, Chris Evans (Captain America) remarked, "I think there's certainly a dichotomy—this kind of friction between myself and Iron Man, they're polar opposites. One guy is flash and spotlight and smooth, and the other guy is selfless and in the shadows and kind of quiet and they have to get along. They explore that and its pretty fun.”
          Regarding the Hulk's place on the team, Mark Ruffalo said, "He's like the teammate none of them are sure they want on their team. He's loose cannon. It's like, 'Just throw a grenade in the middle of the group and let's hope it turns out well!"
          Chris Hemsworth notes of his character, Thor, "I think Thor's motivation is much more of a personal one, in the sense that it’s his brother that is stirring things up. Whereas everyone else, it’s some bad guy who they’ve gotta take down. It’s a different approach for Thor. He’s constantly having to battle the greater good and what he should do, versus- it’s his little brother there." Regarding Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. comments, "In Iron Man, which was an origin story, he was his own epiphany and redemption of sorts. Iron Man 2 is all about not being an island, dealing with legacy issues and making space for others... In The Avengers, he's throwing it down with the others.”
          It will be interesting to see how the two "human" teammates, Black Widow and Hawkeye, collaborate with the group.  Will they stand their ground and be able to help or will they simply get in the way of the ticking time bomb which is the Hulk?  Only one way to find out!
          The Avengers will be assembling May 4th in theaters nationwide!

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Ashley Walter is a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas College. She will be graduating in May with a BS degree in Marketing. She wants to continue to pursue her modeling and acting career and see where that takes her. “If you’re gonna be a dreamer, you might as well Dream Big!”

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