Ah the Avengers “surprise” panel.
Not much a surprise as everyone and their mother was talking about it for weeks before when it was announced that Marvel would have Thor and Capt America all together on Saturday.
What was also being talked about before this was the Edward Norton Hulk debacle and the poor handling of it by Marvel. As it was, this actually tainted the entire experience for a number of fans because they truly loved Norton in the role and Marvel’s in poor taste announcement of his being dropped from the project was being discussed everywhere.
I backed the Sharlto Copley choice and was terrified by the rumor of Joaquin Phoenix getting the part. Then came the Mark Ruffalo rumor which seemed more true than most. Either way, everyone was waiting for Saturday at Comicon when it would no doubt be announced who would be the new mean green (some fans still hoped, no matter how unlikely , that Norton would walk out onto the stage.) Either way, whoever was getting the part was going to be met with some negativity thanks to Marvel’s crappy handling of the entire thing.
So of course, we got the Avengers teaser voiced by Sam Jackson, who then walked out on stage to announce the line up of the already known Avengers…all of whom were in attendance. It was a great moment for all the fans who started screaming and freaking out, especially when Tony Stark walked out (with some really long hair) and took over the PA for the “new” parts of the crew.
Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye came out on stage which was wasn’t much of a surprise as it had been rumored for well over a month. But then Downey decided to do something I thought was well….dicky. Which granted that’s his character, but still…when he said “And reprising his role as Bruce Banner…” I heard many in the audience gasp in joy that either Norton or even Eric Bana would walk out. But no, “Mark Ruffalo!” And guess what ladies and gents…I called it. He got boo’d and loud enough that I could hear it where I was, even over the noise that was hitting the rafters.
So yes, good job RDJ, you just helped throw Ruffalo under that bus Marvel already had him wedged under that much harder. As I’ve said already, we’ll still all go see the movie because frack, it’s the Avengers and yes…it’s directed by Joss Whedon (something else that wasn’t a surprise.) But this makes it slightly less shiny.
A concern by many about the film is the ability to juggle all these characters well within a limited time frame. Is two hours long enough for a movie of this scope? No, I don’t think it is. I think if Marvel is smart they’ll look at this as their Lord of the Rings and make it 3 hours long. Cause if its well written and as bad ass as say Serenity, I’d sit there till my butt fell off watching it. And I’m sure I wouldn’t be the only one.
So here’s hoping this doesn’t turn into a failure. Marvel has already pulled some bad moves. But Whedon is the man. He’s good at ensemble as evident by Buffy and Firefly. Super powered characters (or at least super characters with normal powers) that have witty dialog and are smartly written. He’s got a gang of Hollywood talent and a studio given him their biggest heavy hitters from their universe to play with. So hopefully he remembers that “with great power comes great responsibility.”
Here’s the announcement.