Something I realized the second time I watched this movie, is that it reminded me of when the first Spider-Man trilogy and Fantastic Four movies came out. Everyone thought they were amazing but that’s because that was the best we had to offer. And then Iron Man came out and we realized we could do better. And we did. With the exception of Iron Man 2 (which I like to pretend doesn’t exist), Marvel has built an amazing world, with a great cast and awesome movies.
I think I would feel less disappointed in Avengers 2 if it had not followed Cap 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy; two movies that are easily at the top of the Marvel film list. Excellent scripts, characterization, in Cap’s case, outstanding fight sequences (thank you James Young, Aaron Toney, Heidi Moneymaker, & Sam Hargrave!) This movie felt like Joss Whedon hadn’t even watched the other movies (except maybe the Iron Man films)
The fight sequences in this film were so bloated and overly CGI’d I was actually bored. Again, I got spoiled w Cap 2 and now I have higher expectations when I watch fight scenes in films. The fight scenes in this just felt lazy.
Let’s talk about good characterization vs bad characterization. I didn’t realize Joss Whedon knows nothing about Steve Rogers until I watched this movie. He seems to have this whole Invincible Soldier Who is Also a Choir Boy Lost in the Present with Steve and oh god have you even read the comics!? He reminds me a lot of the way Steven Moffat writes Sherlock Holmes; he claims to be a huge fan, but in reality he doesn’t understand the character at all and gives him 0 opportunities to grow. I know everyone loves the whole ‘language’ joke but remember that time Steve tells Nat ‘You’re damn right’? I do and I know Steve Rogers wouldn’t give a crap about foul language. He was in the army for goodness sake, have you ever been around a soldier? Steve is way more progressive than Whedon gives him credit for. And the idea that Steve can’t seem to grasp technology (which happened in the first Avengers as well) is just dumb. Steve’s not an idiot. I imagine once they thawed him out and given him time to adjust, he would spend a ton of time reading, living on the internet, studying, and just trying to catch up. Steve’s no fool, he would pick up on the present very quickly.
I know a lot of people have been criticizing Joss Whedon for Natasha but honestly, I think he does just fine with her. Until we finally get a Black Widow movie, most of these films can only put out so much information about her, so of course she’s going to be constantly mysterious. I didn’t care much for Steve’s comment to Bruce about Bruce being the only one she’s really friendly with. I felt I saw all of that in Cap 2; I thought she and Steve got a lot closer, and very much trusted one another which is a rare thing for Nat. One thing I had a problem with, and it was a big problem, was the idea that Natasha considers herself to be a monster because she’s been sterilized. No, she’s not a monster for all the people she killed while a Soviet Spy, but because she can’t have children. Really, Whedon? What were you thinking?
I gotta talk about Quicksilver for a second because I’m annoyed with everything. I was very excited to see him in this movie; Aaron Taylor-Johnson is a great actor, Quicksilver is an interesting character, and he and Wanda make a great dynamic. Everyone knows Joss Whedon loves killing beloved characters off and it has gotten very old. There was 0 reason to kill him and I’m sure Marvel will bring him back which just makes his death silly and pointless. Naturally the audience was sad about it; I was just mad because I saw it coming a mile away.
One thing I will give this movie credit for is the positive representation of parts of the world that are normally treated as Third World countries. Africa with a good police force? Eastern Europe that’s not completely run down? A+ for that one, seriously.
Last but not least, let’s talk about Bucky. I know there was not really any room in the film for him however there was no reason for him not to show up in Steve’s vision. Steve’s best friend in the entire world who he loves dearly and he’s not going to show up hanging out drinking at the USO club? Give me a break. I would have liked to have seen him in the Red Room but I get that could have been a little complicated since Natasha doesn’t seem to know who he is.
So all in all not the worst Marvel movie, but definitely not the best and I’m very glad Joss Whedon won’t be doing any more.