“The Marvel films are a mixed bag, really. Alternately they’re films which give the comic book/superhero genre a much needed boost of fun, manic energy and great comedic zingers, and films which follow a routine paint-by-numbers aesthetic, wedging in characters and plot lines, sprinkled with easter eggs for the inevitable sequel, without bothering to form a coherent or interesting storyline to go with them. The Avengers is really no different. It’s the summarization of the “Phase One,” as it has been dubbed, and occasionally plays like the extended trailer for the inevitable sequel.
That Joss Whedon is at the helm was both a blessing and a curse. Whedon has many strengths, and I loved his work on Astonishing X-Men, but he seems to lack a cinematic eye. There’s no shot wh” read more