Five years is a long time. Five years ago, Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, Apple unveiled the iPhone and Justin Beiber (with his mother’s permission, of course) uploaded his first videos onto YouTube. Five years ago I was on the verge of finishing my secondary school education. Five years ago I first heard out about the Avengers movie.
As an uber-geek with a chronic superhero addiction, the Avengers concept was something I couldn’t resist. A series of different movies depicting the characters I’ve loved growing up with (the unfortunate exclusion of Spider-man understood but noted), eventually combining into one to create one super-powered super-hero…err, super, experience. Approximately 22% of my life has passed with the knowledge that this historic cinematic event was approaching. Would it live up to my expectations?
No fluff, no deliberation. I loved every second of it. It felt about as close as you could get to bringing the pages of a comic book to life and the way the characters were represented (with the exception of a pretty uninteresting Hawkeye in my opinion) was everything I’d hoped for. I left the cinema feeling inspired and uplifted…but also asking myself a question:
What is it about superheroes that I, along with a huge proportion of the general public find so alluring?
Superhero movies have been all the Hulk-like rage for well over a decade now and with new Batman, Spider-man, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Superman and even Antman movies announced among many others, the train shows no sign of stopping without some kind of super human assistance. Ok, I’m done with the geek puns, really. I promise. We are drawn to stories of bravery, sacrifice and honour. The idea of good prevailing over evil is something that grips the majority us in the most fascinating of ways. It’s like something inside us is telling us that we need a saviour, or want to be able to save others. What would you do if you were given the power to save lives? To change destinies? To battle the forces of evil regardless of the odds and win? What if you had a chance to follow the greatest leader, the greatest teacher and the greatest saviour this universe has ever seen?
Would you take it?
- Movie Review: Marvel Studios Delivers Fun, Funny AVENGERS (newsarama.com)
- [Movies] The Avengers (2012) (geeky-guide.com)
- “The Avengers”: Will superhero movies never end? (salon.com)
- Everything You Need to Know About the Avengers Movies (tor.com)
- THE AVENGERS Review (collider.com)
- ‘The Avengers’ Movie Poster Remix: We (comicsalliance.com)