5 Rules for Making THE AVENGERS Movie (Mania.com)

By:Chad Derdowski
Date: Thursday, May 06, 2010


The Avengers is still a long way off, but it’s never too early to start laying some ground rules. As with any superhero movie, we’re filled with a mixture of excitement and fear. After all, this isn’t a Ghost Rider or Blade movie; these are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes we’re talking about. If you’re gonna do it, you gotta do it right. With that in mind, we respectfully submit our rules for an Avengers movie.

5. Include the Hulk

We loved The Incredible Hulk, but it underperformed at the box office and ol’ Jade Jaws’ inclusion in the big team-up movie has been in question ever since. But if you’re talking about earth’s mightiest, there are none mightier than the Hulk and if you’re talking about an Avengers movie, you have to use him. First and foremost, he’s a founding member and secondly, he’s one of Marvel’s most recognizable characters. 
Whether its continuity or toy sales that motivate the Hulk being in the movie, it’s hard to argue with putting Hulk in the movie, either on the team or against it.

4. A Titanic Tone

Getting the tone right doesn’t just mean making sure it’s an action-packed epic. We want to see characters that are true to the way they’re portrayed in their own films as well as the way they’re portrayed in the comics. Internal conflict has been present in the series since day one, with the Hulk quitting the team by the end of the second issue and Hawkeye squabbling with Cap from the moment he joined the team. Anything different just wouldn’t be the Avengers.
Speaking of Hawkeye, make sure you keep up with the Easter eggs! Both Iron Man and Hulk (as well as the X-Men films) were noted for their references to the larger Marvel Universe. We’d like to see that continued with the inclusion of secondary characters. Even if it’s a simple cameo by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Clay Quartermain or a scene with Bruce Banner on Dr. Leonard Samson’s couch, these little moments serve to create a greater continuity and enhance the overall film. 
But we also need to see a film that feels huge and important. Think Avatar, 300 or Lord of the Rings – an epic adventure where the fate of the world is at stake and every man, woman and child in the theater is on the edge of their seat, gripping the armrests the entire length of the film.

3. Masters of Evil

And there came a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat. On that day, the Avengers were born–to fight the foes no single hero could withstand!”
In other words, this isn’t the type of film where a bald scientist makes a land grab. There’s got to be a reason why these heroes would join together, a threat so big that it takes Marvel’s biggest guns to combat it. A super-villain team up! Using villains introduced in the heroes’ own films, such as Whiplash, the Leader, Loki and Baron Zemo (or the Red Skull, if Zemo doesn’t make it into the Cap film), a group of the vilest villains should be assembled to really give the good guys a run for their money and ensure that it isn’t a one-sided fight.

2. It’s the Story, Stupid

Yes, we want big action. We want IMAX-sized excitement and threats worthy of the combined efforts of Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the Hulk. We want three different Iron Man armors and Hulk smashing through reinforced steel as though it were tissue paper. We demand to see Cap slingin’ that shield and bouncing it off of bad guys heads while Thor calls down the thunder and if all goes well, we’d love to see Ant Man and Wasp flyin’ around, bein’ all tiny and stuff. But by no means do we want any of this to come at the expense of a solid script.
If it’s nothing more than a slugfest, then you’ve just wasted a whole lot of money hiring talented actors like Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle. Look, these are superhero movies–they don’t have to be Glengarry Glen Ross. But escapism doesn’t have to be mindless either.

1. Know Your Role

Sam Jackson’s cameo as Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man was a special treat and when we heard he’d signed on to continue the role in a billion more movies, we were ecstatic. But as much as we love the idea of the former leader of the Howling Commandos assembling the Avengers, we won’t be pleased if he’s running the show. Be they man, god, android, mutant, alien or supernatural being, there’s only one man to whom Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will answer. Only one mortal who has the authority to lead a billionaire playboy and an uru hammer-wielding deity into battle and that man’s name is Steve Rogers, better known to me and you as Captain America.
Not that our knees wouldn’t buckle when we heard the commanding voice of Samuel L. Jackson. Trust us, if he called, we’d come runnin’. But we hope the powers-that-be resist the urge to make the S.H.I.E.L.D. director the man in charge of the team.  Nick Fury doesn’t lead the Avengers; Captain America does. Let’s see that reflected in the movies.

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