Why We Need Captain America More Than Ever

I’m not going to lie. If you didn’t like CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, you may not be a true American.

Huh? How you like that?

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It occurred to me the other day how important Captain America really is while watching CA:WS.

First off, this is one of the BEST Marvel movies, if not comic book movie, of our age. The beauty of it isn’t the action, or stars or effects. It’s the entire movie itself. Everything comes together nicely and the best part is, it’s not really a super hero movie.

Sure, Cap can jump from 1,000 feet into the water and the technology to have three Helicarriers is off the charts, but take a step back and really look at the plot.

It’s a political thriller with a modern twist, twisted even more by a last generation hero. Robert Redford does his best here and he’s no stranger to these types of films. From Sneakers, to Spy Game to Legal Eagle. He brings as much authenticity to the role as anyone could.

Besides the obvious future technology, most of the film could be a documentary. It could be filmed right here, right now about our current state of affairs.

How about this:

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Alexander Pierce: Our enemies are your enemies, Nick. Disorder, war. It’s just a matter of time before a dirty bomb goes off in Moscow, or an EMP fries Chicago. Diplomacy? Holding action, a band-aid. And you know where I learned that; Bogota. You didn’t ask, you just did what had to be done. I can bring order to the lives of seven billion people by sacrificing twenty million. It’s the next step, Nick, if you have the courage to take it.

Nick Fury: No, I have the courage not to.

We’ve all heard the story of government cover ups. From setting up ISIS to 9/11. This film touches on the very nature of “behind the scenes” of big government. How far would they go to “protect us”?

Then there’s this scene, where Captain America comes to the rescue and must destroy the very government he used to believe in and fight for.

Steve Rogers: Attention all S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, this is Steve Rogers. You’re heard a lot about me over the last few days. Some of you were even ordered to hunt me down. But I think it’s time to tell the truth. S.H.I.E.L.D. is not what we thought it was. It’s been taken over by HYDRA. Alexander Pierce is their leader. The S.T.R.I.K.E. and Insight crew are HYDRA as well. I don’t know how many more, but I know they’re in the building. They could be standing right next to you. They almost have what they want. Absolute control. They shot Nick Fury. And it won’t end there. If you launch those helicarriers today, HYDRA will be able to kill anyone that stands in their way. Unless we stop them. I know I’m asking a lot. But the price of freedom is high. It always has been. And it’s a price I’m willing to pay. And if I’m the only one, then so be it. But I’m willing to bet I’m not.

With any one and every one being a suspect, this film now takes paranoia to a height I haven’t witnessed since John Carpenters THE THING.

He shows that, all we know or think we know, may not be the truth. He teaches us to question our government and its direction. Note though, he’s not calling for anarchy. He’s not saying “Kill every one!”. He’s saying, “Now is the time to REALLY stand up for what you believe in”.

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How about this scene where Captain America first lays eyes on the three giant Helicarriers.

Nick Fury: These new long range precision guns can eliminate a thousand hostiles a minute. The satellites can read a terrorist’s DNA before he steps outside his spider hole. We gonna neutralize a lot of threats before they even happen.

Steve Rogers: I thought the punishment usually came *after* the crime.

Nick Fury: We can’t afford to wait that long.

Steve Rogers: Who’s “we”?

Nick Fury: After New York, I convinced the World Security Council we needed a quantum surgeon threat analysis. For once we’re way ahead of the curve.

Steve Rogers: By holding a gun at everyone on Earth and calling it protection.

Nick Fury: You know, I read those SSR files. Greatest generation? You guys did some nasty stuff.

Steve Rogers: Yeah, we compromised. Sometimes in ways that made us not sleep so well. But we did it so the people could be free. This isn’t freedom, this is fear.

Nick Fury: S.H.I.E.L.D. takes the world as it is, not as we’d like to be. And it’s getting damn near past time for you get with that program, Cap.

Steve Rogers: Don’t hold your breath.

How far is too far when it comes to protecting America?

Taking our shoes off at the airport scanner? X-Ray scanners? Being pulled over because you don’t look like you should own that particular type of car? Wearing a hoodie at night in a different neighborhood?How many cameras do we need and do the police really need a tank to protect and serve?

Now listen, I’m not here to rant against the cops. I have two nephews who are Sheriffs and I myself went through Law Enforcement school.

What I’m saying is, it’s ok to question, but be prepared to stand up FOR those questions because most people don’t want you to question them.

Now, Devils Advocate here, what Zola says is also true.

Dr. Arnim Zola: HYDRA was founded on the belief that humanity could not be trusted with its own freedom. What we did not realize was that if you tried to take that freedom, they resist.

It’s the scream heard round the world. Mention gun rights, people scream about their freedom. Mention public nudity and people scream about their freedoms. Mention how you got kicked out of that porno store for hugging that blow up doll and calling it “mom”, yell about your rights and freedom.

Everyone wants freedom, but only for them. Don’t let your freedom step on other peoples freedoms seems to be the phrase of the country.

“I don’t want you to come to this house with a rifle.”

“I carry a permit. I can carry it anywhere. Are you stepping on my freedoms?”

“No, but this is my house. Are you stepping on my freedoms?”

In other words…..Thanks, Obama.

(That was a joke)

Face it. We ruin everything. Chatroulette could have been one of the greatest inventions ever. It could have brought cultures and societies into a smaller World here we could learn from one another.

And now its famous for people showing off their dicks.

Give someone a right and they’ll say, “Well why can’t I have more?”

Here’s a pistol. “Well why can’t I have a rifle?”

Cap is lost in our new society and rightly so. Our country is one of the greatest, no doubt, but, we have to start understanding, we have problems. We aren’t THE greatest anymore and we the people are the reason.

I know that hurts some people, but lately we seem to be the like has-been baseball player, drunk in the corner of the neighborhood bar, screaming about how great he was, as drool trickles from the corner of his mouth.

The link below is by far, one of the best moments in TV history. Now, it’s dated and some of the statistics are wrong now, but some of them are higher and sadly, some of them are lower, but it needed to be said and it needs to be heard.

I urge you to take the time and watch it until the end.

The Most Honest Three Minutes in TV History

If you can’t watch it, here’s the transcript:

[Jenny] Hi, my name is Jenny, I’m a sophomore and this for all three of you. Can you say in one sentence or less – what – (laughing in background) you know what I mean: “Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?”

[McAvoy] There’s absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re seventh in literacy. Twenty-seventh in math. Twenty-second in science. Forty-ninth in life expectancy. A hundred and seventy-eighth in infant mortality. Third in median household income. Number four in labor force and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies.***We stood up for what was right.  We fought for moral reasons.  We passed laws, struck down laws, for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people.  We sacrificed. We cared about our neighbors. We put our money where our mouths were. And we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and we cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars. Acted like men. We aspired to intelligence. We didn’t belittle it — it didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn’t, oh, we didn’t scare so easy.  We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men.  Men who were revered.  First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.  America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.”

Now, I fully realize there’s an agenda to this piece. This show, like many others, has it’s own slant on everything, but you can’t deny some of the things he says is true.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR may follow suit in these important questions. If you don’t know, the plot of the series follows a storyline in which the U.S. government passes a Superhero Registration Act, designed to have superpowered characters act under official regulation, somewhat akin to police officers, also, much like Superman did in DARK KNIGHT RETURNS. Those opposed to the act, led by Captain America, find themselves in conflict with those in support of the act, led by Iron Man.

So which side will you be on?

Do we have the right to know who’s defending us, even if it endangers them and those around them?

Why?

What business is it of yours? Oh, you want to know because you have the rights? What about his rights?

Thanks, Obama.

Captain America believes in the people, not the country. The people MAKE the country, not the other way around. He believes in the good of people, but knows, all of us carry some evil. It’s how much you let that evil out and what you do with the good inside, that makes you the person you are.

Cap cares about those who fought for our freedoms and knows the price of war. It’s not statistics written on a piece of paper that most government officials see. It’s in the faces of the young men who hold a gun for the first time, saying, “The line is drawn here.”

Cap tells us, all we need is the truth. The truth can help us build a greater country than ever before. He believes in us and in the end, like us, just needs a direction.

Steve Rogers: For as long as I can remember I just wanted to do what was right. I guess I’m not quite sure what that is anymore. And I thought I could throw myself back in and follow orders, serve. It’s just not the same.

Peggy Carter: [chuckles] You’re always so dramatic. Look, you saved the world. We rather… mucked it up.

Steve Rogers: You didn’t. Knowing that you helped found SHIELD is half the reason I stay.

Peggy Carter: [takes Steve’s hand] The world has changed, and none of us can go back. All we can do is our best, and sometimes the best that we can do is to start over.

I Dont Care About Reboots And You Shouldn’t Either

I’m about to do something that’s hardly been done before on the internet.

I’m going to get excited for a reboot.

Now, don’t start out hating me for not liking Big Trouble in Little China. I love that flick. I can quote it word for word, beginning to end. I saw it theaters 4 times and own some action figures as well as the rare soundtrack.

When word got out the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wanted to play Jack Burton, people went nuts. You know, internet nuts. Like webpages devoted to hating something that isn’t even written yet and memes created by oh so funny people who think they’re funny, but instead you just kind of smirk and page down.

Can you smell what Burton is cooking?

Can you smell what Burton is cooking?

We’re going to get reboots.

You can’t stop them.

Hollywood won’t stop making them.

There. That’s the best I can do for some of you and, that’s probably all some of you need to know.

Now for the rest of you, here’s the skinny.

Ready?

It. Doesn’t. Matter.

Now say it with me one time. All together.

It.

Doesn’t.

Matter.

When it comes to Hollywood, they want one thing from you. Positive feedback. They don’t care about the negativity. When they tried to get the Internet to help make Snakes On A Plane, there were some bad ideas, but it didn’t matter because in Hollywood’s eyes, the more people that logged on to help were all the more tickets they would sell.

Unfortunately, Hollywood didn’t predict that most of those  logging on were only going to torrent the movie anyway.

Yes. Hollywood is out of ideas. You were right all along. Congrats. Feel free to smirk and gloat for about 5 more minutes, then stop it because no one cares.  No, not in the least.

People need to start understanding that Hollywood isn’t made of highly intelligent script writers who sit in rooms for months thinking about what you would like.

It’s filled with people like you and me who either want to film something they think is wonderful, like “life of Pi” film something they think will just make money, like the newest Fantas4ic Four or people who want to just make a movie and screw you if it doesn’t make anything because at least it was different and creative, like “Safety Not Guaranteed”.

They are people with better equipment and better actors while the rest of us are stuck filming our little brother and girlfriend, acting out the Star Trek Fan Film you wrote about how Captain Kirk is really Spocks lover.

Reboot is the new genre. There was Star Wars rip offs in the 70’s, 3D movies in the 90’s, zombie movies in the 00’s and now it’s reboots. There’s Ghostbusters, Star Trek, Fantastic Four and rumors of Big Trouble In Little China, Point Break and more.

Hollywood is scared. They stay up at night worrying that people might not love the kind and tender way they handle rebooted scripts because…..

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Sorry, no. It’s all for money.

Oh, sure. The directors want to do what they can and make something they can be proud of. Who wouldn’t? The boss gave you a crappy report and said, “Make this look good”, so you’re going to do what you can with what you have.

I’m sure Paul Feig is well aware people are going to hate the new Ghostbusters. I’m also sure he isn’t losing any sleep over it. Why? Because his job is to make a movie that gets butts into seats. Same as Abrahms and Star Trek

But why hate movies like the new Ghostbusters? Why hate something you haven’t even seen?

What if someone told you they were making a place called Mouseland and it had a character called Michael Mouse but all the rides were about the same as Disneyland? Meanwhile, Disneyland was closed and had been for some time. Closed long enough where you could still visit it, but weeds were poking through the cement and most of the rides didn’t work. You could ask your friends, “Remember the time we rode that?” and some would say, “Yes.” but some would just shrug and go off to do other things.

Would you still at least TRY to like the new place or simply stand outside the gates and scream about how different the place was, how it wasn’t the same and you should all feel bad for buying a ticket?!!

I own a full blown, movie quality Ghostbuster Proton Pack. I’ve worked hard on it. I also own a jumpsuit and several other toys. I’ve spent far too much money on the things I have. I also saw Ghostbusters too many times to count, just in the theater alone. Also when it was re-released.

So am I going to go see the new movie? You bet. Why? Because I like Ghostbusters.

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Different Ghostbusters? I’ve never heard of such a thing. Oh, wait….

Where were the people screaming about Extreme Ghostbusters? I mean, a woman? A guy in a wheelchair? TWO minorities? Where was Venkman? Or Stantz? THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS?!?!

Oh, yeah. You see, I didn’t care for it because of the writing, so I stopped watching it. To my surprise, it didn’t take away any memories of the Real Ghostbusters or the movies! Strange, huh? I simply didn’t watch the thing I didn’t like. It didn’t “rape my childhood” of earlier versions nor did I tell people they were stupid for liking it.

It just simply was for others and wasn’t for me.

Will I watch the new Big Trouble In Little China? You bet. I like The Rock and Rundown is one of my secret favorite pleasures to watch.

You’ll find as we get older, other people, younger people, would like a chance to see things that are new. So where does that leave us?

On the bridge of the Enterprise saying, “Second star to the right. And straight on till morning.”

As geeks and nerds, we LOOOOVE hating things. Oh, people will tell you different. People will say Nerds are the most accepting people ever.

That’s uh….that’s simply not true. Oh, we’re nice to other people to their face and at conventions, but tell someone over the Internet you believe Quentin made a better Spock than Nimoy and you might as well be a Seahawks fan in Minnesota.

We can truly be drama queens because the things we like are popular and always out there in public. And for some reason we think if we hate something loud enough, we’ll be famous.

Like, internet famous. Like Grumpy Cat famous. No. There’s no difference.

It’s easy to hate something. I could pick apart Star Wars until I’m blue milked in the face, but what good would it do? Stop everyone’s memories of the movie? Make all the copies melt all over the World, never to be played again?

No, being a drama queen about a movie is a waste of your time and my time.

Let’s look at the Poltergeist reboot.

The original made $76,6 million

The remake made $95.6 million.

What does that mean? Nothing

The complaining about this reboot literally lasted longer than the release. It came and went. It was at the dollar theater before I even had the time to watch it. So screaming about how it was such a bad idea? Congrats again. Your No-Prize is in the mail.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s fine to dislike something. Sometimes even fun. I think Star Wars jumped the shark when it introduced Midichloreans. Yet, I’m not starting up webpages about how if you believe it was a good idea to introduce them, you should be burned at the stake. I’m also not running around screaming how my childhood makes no sense now and I simply can’t watch New Hope ever again with this knowledge.

I don’t like the prequels, so here’s the deal.

I don’t watch them either.

Reboots aren’t erasing ANYTHING you have watched before. It’s not Total Recall.

The, uh, first one. No wait, the second one to. Or like Time Cop, which was rebooted as a tv series with a different plot.

Just because something new is coming, doesn’t mean the old things are erased or simply vanish. If you touch a dvd of Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan to Star Trek Into Darkness, they will not both merge and melt into one unplayable thing.

So put your Oscar gown away, stop being such a drama queen, remember the great feelings of childhood and start putting your energy into things that matter.

Like that fan film you wrote about a vice cop played by David Lee Roth saves a rock and roll star, played by Don Johnson, called Panama Vice. Continue reading

Is Cosplay hurting conventions?

     Collecting comics,  and working in a comic book shop,  for as long as I have,  I’ve come to know a lot of artists.
These men and women can take a blank page and in the matter of moments,  create something that can,  as the kids say,  give you all the feelz.
     I’ve also had the privilege to go a lot of comic conventions.
     Recently there has been a….. problem…. with some people that think cosplay,  a word I hate by the way,  or costumers, have been taking over conventions and taking away customers from artists.
Most believe cosplayers are simply attention whores who take away the attention artists need, to get customers to their tables,  to buy their art or to advertise an upcoming book,  so they can keep doing their art all the while also being able to put food on the table.
     There’s no doubt cosplayers are the reason conventions get media attention. They are the frosting on the cake people see first.
The glitter on the strippers bra.
The fabulous photo on the book jacket when it could easily be another Twilight story inside.

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I know, I know. Your mind is up here

     I will also tell you,  the media is dumb.
     Now I say that with full confidence because I worked in the media.
     The reason is,  they don’t have to be smart about your convention.
     They are no different than asking your grandmother to cover a convention.
They don’t have time to discover someones art or read stories. They have about  20 minutes to get about 3 minutes of footage so they can move onto something “serious”  and then they can show their boss how flexible they can be and they should have gotten the anchor job,  not that slut Megan who everyone knows dated the boss while his wife was gone and Heaven knows Steve won’t say anything so here she is covering some stupid comic book convention!!!
But anyway…
So should cosplay be welcomed into conventions?
Yes and no.
I’m no fan of the Attention Whoring costume.
“Oh,  look!  I’m Supergirl in a bra! ”
” Look at me!  I’m Batgirl in a Robin swimsuit!  Mashup!! ”
I’m the guy who says, “Yes, yes. You have boobies. Now excuse me, I want a picture of that guy dressed as a Dharma worker from LOST or” Running victim #2″
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Now,  there IS a difference between Attention Whoring and creative license.
     I mean,  let’s face it. Comic book women are drawn in skimpy costumes. Always have been. Always will be.
     We could also argue all day about Lilo from Fifth Element and her bandaid suit.
     The problem is,  there are people who simply come to get their photo taken.
I’ve personally seen people crying because, and I quote, “Only a couple of people have taken my photo today.”
     In this “selfie” generation,  there will always be people that will absolutely die if their picture isn’t posted every four hours on some kind of social media.
     Which sucks.
     Because that takes away from the people who treat it like art.
And at should be shown off. Whether it’s a drawing, a story or paper mache hat, if you’re proud of it, cool!
     And it is art.
     The very definition of art is creating something from nothing.
     Just like the artist who draws something on a blank piece of paper,  I’ve seen people stand in front of a shelf at Home Depot and take parts that are not meant to be together,  not only put them together,  but make something phenomenal.
I’ve seen magical staffs created with pvc pipe and I’ve seen wings made from window shades.
I’ll also take this time to plug my award winning life size Groot I made from pvc pipe,  craft foam and hot glue.

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I think every genre has its people who ruin whatever you’re into. There will always be that guy who draws something inappropriate to get more attention.
They’ll always be that writer who created a story only to sell books and not do something creative.
So do cosplayers have just as much right to be at a convention than artists and writers?
     Yes, but I also think they should be held to the same standard as most talent.
     You wouldn’t want an artist standing in front of you during a photo shoot just as they wouldn’t want you standing in front of their table they had to pay for to sell things.
     So as costume making takes the limelight for a while,  just understand,  this is all new.
     It’s the hot,  new thing which almost anyone can do now thanks to instructional videos and books.
     Almost anyone can create movie quality costumes in their garage now while only a handful of people can draw and write something you or someone else would buy.
     While writing and drawing is like a business card,  costume making is like wearing your resume.
     People buy art.  They can watch the artist create or buy what they’ve done,  but people can only see what you do when you cosplay. No one buys your costume right then and there while you’re wearing it and you don’t go around giving them samples of it.
     And if you do,  well that’s just gross.
     You are literally showing off your talent without giving anything away.
     It’s a new generation of art and something we all need to get used to.
     But then,  art is different for everyone and that’s what truly makes a convention great.
     You don’t have to agree with everything that’s there,  just enjoy what you like because as the years come,  there will be more and more things to like.

Why Ghostbusters is one of the greatest movies of all time

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I make no reserves that I think Ghostbusters is one of the best films of all time,Raiders of the Lost Ark being THE greatest of all time, but do you know WHY I think that? Well here’s 5 good reasons.

 
5. The song. Face it. You were humming it out of the theater.
It was the catchiest tune back then, but not like a musical earwig. It was a fun little song.
Like “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”Or “That Thing You Do”, which was used several time in
the same-named movie, but it really didn’t get old. It was fun.
Also, don’t forget the great music video that had cameos by Chevy Chase,
Danny Devito, Carly Simon and even a
not so political Al Franken.
 
4. The writing. Bar none, Ghostbusters is one of the greatest written comedies ever.
The lines are delivered with complete talent and anyone, ANYONE can enjoy it. There’s no
political slant or timely references. You could play this movie in 2034 and people would still
get all the jokes. Kids and adults both can watch and laugh at the same thing without either
being talked down to.
 
3. Teamwork. It didn’t matter if Ray screwed up and conjured up a 50 foot Marshmallow
Man or if Egon just thought of another safety tip, these guys had each others backs at
all times. In fact, one of the best things to come out of the Ghostbusters video game is
the fact that, if a team mate gets knocked down, it’s your job to go help him up to fight
again.These guys hung out together, worked together and knew each other well enough
to make one of the greatest teams of all time.
 
2. It stands the test of time. I love 80’s movies, but let’s face it. Not all of the age well.
I love Micheal Keaton and I love Batman. When that movie hit theaters, it was like the
Second Coming. Shirts, books, figures. It was like Star Wars all over again. And it was.
Batman was AWESOME, but looking back now, try to watch it with all those Prince songs
in your head. And for every Breakfast Club, there’s a Howard the Duck.At least with
Ghostbusters, it’s not filled with rap music (remember, we’re talking about 1, not 2) or
Reagan jokes. It also has escaped the “re-touched” illness that some movies are getting.
It’s not getting released with different effects or missing scenes. It is what it is.
 
1. The old guys win. In a World of young Jim Kirks, young Fast and Furious guys and a
young Spider-Man, it’s good to see some guys over the age of 30 fighting off evil and
defeating the bad guy without having to be hip or cool to do it. And ya, they did it way
before Indiana searched for Crystal Skulls and Bruce Willis Lived Free and Died Hard.

Why The Avengers may be the best superhero movie ever made.

What makes a movie great?

Being able to re-watch it over and over?

The feeling you get when you remember the first time you watched it?

Or maybe just the simple fact you like the actor or character.

I’m not here to try and change your mind. Everyone has a favorite movie and everyone has their reasons why.

What I’m here to tell you though is The Avengers may just be the greatest superhero movie achievement ever and here’s why.

The Avengers

If this shot doesn’t give you chills, you’ve become numb to the awesomeness of superhero movies. 

I’m old enough to have seen Superman in the theater,  so I like to think I know what I’m talking about. And I’m talking about the Christopher Reeve movie,  that had one of the greatest filmed scenes of all time,  not the criminally destructive Man Of Steel.

Lois Lane hangs from a dangling helicopter high above the city. Clark Kent runs to the phone booth to change, not  quite what he thought.  So as Lois screams,  Clark races into an ally,  rips  open his shirt as the John Williams score blasts triumphant. Superman races to catch her but not before being polite to someone who mentions,  “Yo ,  Jim. That’s a bad outfit.”

“Excuse me. ” He says and flies up to rescue Lois just in time,  then,  smiles and catches the falling helicopter as people cheer below and the score reaches its highest crescendo.

If that scene doesn’t give you goosebumps then let me ask you,  when did you sell your soul?

I also believe Dark Knight is one of the greatest achievements. The acting,  the scenery,  the music all come together to make one fantastic movie.

I realize a lot of people,  especially my nerd brethren,  will have problems with that paragraph and to them I say,  I don’t care.

Dark Knight makes you believe it’s actually possible for a man to dress as a bat and fight crime. It makes you believe a painted face psychotic killer could run wild in a city. That’s an achievement no matter how you define it.

Now,  why do I think Avengers is better then those?

Marvel and Josh Whedon brought together more superheros to one two hour film that a Saturday morning cartoon.

Not only that,  but they also brought together some of the best actors of our generation. When you look back,  there is no one who could be a better Loki.  No one could be a better Tony Stark. No one could be a better Nick Fury.

Meanwhile, Alan Silvestri created some of the best heroic themes for the movie since John Williams and Superman.

But even all that pales in comparison to Joss Whedon’s dialogue. He makes you care about these heroes. He makes them seem real without saying corny,  cliche lines most superhero movies fall prey to. Heck,  you even believe a guy who shoots view and arrows can stand toe to toe with Captain America.

(There’s actually a rumor that Joss Whedon had a plan to show you how Hawkeye and certain arrows and could actually take out the entire team)

I look back at the Star Trek movies and even with only seven actors,  most barley get screen time,  but with The Avengers,  each hero has their time. While Robert Downy Jr.  May seem to dominate the screen,  he gives others a chance to shine,  as they do to their fellow actors.

Earlier I mentioned the great Superman helicopter scene. With Avengers,  we have a one camera shot that follows Black Widow,  to Iron Man,  to Captain America to Thor and Hulk.

In one great shot we get the show off this battle and how each hero is fighting it.

These actors like each other and it’s fully apparent. They share the screen,  not try to out do each other,  which is the only reason I have a problem with saying Micheal Keaton’s Batman isn’t on this list.

Face it. If you don’t like Jack Nicholson,  you won’t like that movie.

The Avengers is a monumental achievement in superhero movies. It’s a Saturday morning cartoon come to life. It can make you feel like a kid again.

It’s the equivalent of the graphic novel “The Dark Knight Returns”. It’s a comic book media you don’t have to feel strange about liking. It appeals to everyone,  even non comic book fans. Heck,  my wife has only read one comic in her life and will watch The Avengers everyone its on.

So,  while realizing everyone has a favorite superhero movie and have their own reasons why,  but for me,  The Avengers is on top and always will be.

Mainly because I just don’t have faith in Batman vs.  Superman. 😉