Avengers: Endgame hits theaters this weekend, in preparation we’re taking a look at each of the MCU films released thus far. Next up is The Avengers.
As we’ve stated before, The Avengers and the MCU as a whole was always going to be a gamble. It was something never done before, and something that would change the landscape of filmmaking forever. The most impressive aspect of the gamble is the fact that it worked. The MCU saw some short falls, but overall the films have made over $18 billion worldwide, broken every record possible and as of now seem to be continuing to climb higher, further, and faster.
The success of the MCU lied with the success of The Avengers, and honestly the film is incredibly impressive. It’s a testament to director a co-writer Joss Whedon, for being able to take all these characters, and weave them together into a story naturally without it feeling overwhelming. There’s never a point where you can’t follow along with what’s happening. There’s never a point where you can’t enjoy what’s happening on screen. It’s a fun ride from beginning to end, with tons of fan service and spectacular action pieces.
The only flaw in the film is how simple it is. There isn’t much character growth for any of the six Avengers. There aren’t many layers to the story beyond the idea that Loki is bad and wants to take over the world, and they have to stop him. But that simplicity isn’t exactly bad. The Avengers films would get more complex as time went on, and this was a good base point for them to grow on. It was also a great introduction to each of these characters for anyone who hadn’t seen the previous five films in the MCU.
Each character gets their moment or two to shine, and Loki is a fantastic villain, that is insanely fun to watch. His moments with each character are fantastic, and the final battle between him and his Chitari army and the full force of the Avengers is one of the best moments in the MCU. The Avengers could have failed in a million ways. But by keeping things simple yet fun, the film succeeds, and with it the MCU.