Last week, there was a discussion here that, unfortunately, the Avengers would probably suck. I’d like to contest that somewhat.
See, I’m pretty confident in it. In fact, advanced reviews look pretty good.
I didn’t figure the odds were even in its favor of being bad. The core cast is good-to-great. It involves Joss Whedon, which is a good sign. There’s a ton of money behind it. There’s several mostly-good films leading up to it (Iron Man 2’s worst problem was trying to be several films). Also the people behind it probably know the risks of whiffing this one.
So, me, no, quite confident, quite looking forward to it.
What we really need to worry about is Avengers 2, because I see several reasons it could fail, and fail spectacularly.
Hard To Duplicate:
Avengers itself is a strange mix of careful planning, a perfect storm, and capturing a kind of “lightning in a bottle phenomena.” This has been built up to, in a time where such properties are interesting to people, and you’ve got a lot of people who came together at the right time. Thus even if the first film turns out to be awesome . . . it may be extremely hard to duplicate the success.
It might even be hard to figure out what made it successful in the first place because of these many factors. When you try and duplicate such a situation you may well screw it up . . .
The Avengers film is in many ways about personalities – both the characters and the people involved. Whedon is Whedon. Chris Evans for my money is a fantastic Captain America. Downey Jr. pretty much owns his role. Hemsworth brings Thor to life with shameless gusto. Samuel L. Jackson needs no introduction because his sheer badassery is known to all.
If anyone somehow becomes detached from the movie, you’re risking undoing the entire thing. The very pronounced personalities and talents of the characters, cast, and crew are needed to keep this heady mix going.
Turning The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg Into Pate:
Even if the elements that makes the Avengers work can be captured – or even built upon – a hugely successful film runs the risk of inviting tinkering. There’s always that thought you can do a bit more, make a bit more money, do one more thing . . .
As we all know, such approaches to getting a bit greedy or believing your own hype can backfire horribly. The Avengers could quickly become a victim of its own success.
Same Old Same Old:
Though I think this is less of a risk, if Avengers works out, there’s the temptation to just do the same thing again, meaning Avengers 2 will pretty much be Avengers 1. I can’t see that going over well, especially as such duplicates tend to be pale shadows.
Finally, if Avengers is as awesome as we all hope, that’s going to set expectations very high for the next film, and the risk they won’t be met.
So me? I’m sure I’m going to love the Avengers.
I just have my doubts on what comes next.