Some early reviews are starting to trickle out for Marvel’s The Avengers, and they are overwhelmingly positive. After 17 reactions, not a single one of them is negative on Rotten Tomatoes as the movie sports a 100% rating as of this post. While only one of the critics weighing in at the moment is considered a ‘top critic,’ this is still a very impressive feat to accomplish in a world where many just love to hate.
Praise is being lavished upon a variety of elements concerning the movie; however, it is director and writer Joss Whedon who is the recipient of the bulk of it. Critics love how he masterfully assembled such high level blockbuster properties in a seamless fashion. Perhaps the best thing being said about the director is his appropriate use of the characters. For example, he uses Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark to lighten the mood when things get too rough which could have easily gone the other way. A more convenient path to take would have been to use whoever has not spoken in a while even if it went against that superhero’s individual identity.
The only real negative thing being said about Whedon’s The Avengers at the moment is his use of unoriginal ideas; however, that has been turned into a positive as it is also being said that he improves on such rehashed concepts to the point where audiences will not care. The last time we heard such a comment was with James Cameron’s Avatar breading the perception that a familiar plot is no longer the mark of a hack job.
More general excitement about the feature revolves around the notion that it is a true blockbuster. It is not a mere homage for comic book ‘fanboys.’ It is a gender transcending effort that provides wit, comedy, and big budget action sequences that many are certain to enjoy.