Marvel Marathon and French Premiere of The Avengers
I had a pretty awesome day on saturday. And I want to share this with you.
To put it bluntly, I’ve experienced the biggest nerdgasm of my life. By far. I’ve spent my day at one of the best movie theaters in Paris, watching 6 movies in a row, from 9.30am until 12.30am, overall around 15 hours at this theater.
The cause is simple : this was a marathon of movies from Marvel, the greatest comic book publisher, created by Stan Lee, and who is responsible for half of the superheroes (if not more) that you may have seen, read, or heard of in the last 50 years. To name a few, they are behind Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Iron Man, and many more. Now, it may come as a surprise to those of you more used to me talking about tech subjects, but I’m a huge geek, and a fairly big comic-book nerd. So when I found out about this unique screening, I just HAD to get a hold of a ticket.
The day started at 9:30am with a screening of the first Iron Man, all the way back from 2008! After a short break, it moved on to The Incredible Hulk, from the same year. Then, after a short lunch, it was time for Iron Man 2, followed by Thor, and Captain America. And at the end, for the Supreme Grand Finale, was the early (and only) National Premiere screening for The Avengers, the group of mighty superheroes, founded by the members from the other movies I cited below:
- Captain America
- Iron Man
- The Hulk
- Black Widow
- and led by Nick Fury (the director of the unit in charge of the Avengers Initiative, called S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Before giving out a quick spoiler-free review, I’m going to try incude you into my world and how it felt to be part of such an anazing experience.
Picture the best sports team in the world, the All-Star one you’ve always dreamt about, with players who might have retired but who were legends in their times up to recent marvelous phenomenons. Now picture the best fans of those players and teams, united together to witness the greatest game ever played. Picture the unity of the movement, the excitment when the curtain calls, the claps and ”oohs” and ”aahs” screamed out of excitment. Now you might just get it.
This story started over 4 years ago and was about to take a brand new turn. Along the first five movies, from the early hour of the morning, the audience was cheerful, applauding when heroes would make their first appearances, or when a legend such as Stan Lee himself, the very creator of those comic book heroes would appear. The same thing when a uniform was worn for the first time. The first thing when the Marvel logo appeared. The same thing after the credits during Marvel’s signature epilogue scene, set to preparee for upcoming movies. The very same thing as when the few cosplayers dressed as Marvel heroes entered the theater to get to their seats: the audience recognized them immediately and cheered and applauded to celebrate our mighty heroes, these icons part of the subculture we were all from. (For your information, Cosplay is the abbreviation of Costume Player, these people who go to sometimes extremely dedicated work to created their own costumes as super heroes.)
This is a crowd I identify with. A crowd of the most respectful and dedicated fans, geeks from all over the country, united for a passion most of us grew up with, and are still part of, no matter how far we are into the adult age. The truth is, I’ve always been like this, and I don’t see any way to change in the future.
Now back to The Avengers movie premiere itself. After having watch the different movies that tied up to this one, I was overexcited. I had never felt like this going to the movies before. The theater was full, as one would have expected, and there were many people of different cultures, generations, differents styles and types, a lot of them with tshirts, comic books, or even costumes and accessories, shown and worn with pride. Then the room got dark. And it all began.
The casting was flawless, from the supporting roles (Cobbie Smulders -commonly known as Robin in How I Met Your Mother) to A-Listers like Robert Downey Jr (as Iron Man) and Samuel L. Jackson (as Director Nick Fury.) They all brouht up their A-game from beginning to the end. Talking about the crew, there is simply no way to avoid mentionning the incredible job pulled up by director Joss Whedon.
For those of you who lack some nerd-culture, Whedon created ”Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, its spin-off ”Angel”, ”Dr Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog” as well as ”Firefly” and ”Serenity”. These TV shows and universe are still considered monuments of nerdery and fantasy-fiction. Whedon dealt with crews of actors on all these projects, and bringing him as the director for this superhero crossover was probably the best decision the Hollywood industry could have made.
For once, I didnt look at spoilers for this movie, so I roughly knew part of the story from the trailer but actually not much. And I have to say it was better that way. It kept the numerous surprises and plot-twists fully working, and the entire room reacted as one whenever something BIG happened. I wasn’t alone.
I’m afraid I can’t say too much about the movie itself, as I would end up revealing some aspects of the story. But keep this in mind: this movie is ridiculously amazing! It is funny with some clever humor thats accessible enough for anyone to understand without being stupid or degrading. It is full of comic book references as fans would expect. And most of all: to me, it totally redefines what it means for a movie to be EPIC. It’s simply taking any possible positive feeling you can have for a movie, and multiplying it by hundreds of times.
I had read comments on this movie before and couldn’t find one single negative or neutral comment. Now I know why: no matter how positive the reviews are, you’ll always be surprised and excited, and you can’t come out of this movie thinking it was over-rated. At the end of the day, it is entertainment ; but it’s one of the finest movies that have ever had such an impact on me.
Coming out of the theater after 15 hours, I realized how badly I had waited for this. And I realized something else: all these people who grew up with these stories and heroes, this was the first time they got to see these heroes live, in front of their eyes, in a realistic form, doing what they do best, fighting evil to protect the earth. And at the end of the day, all of us left in the sane state: we had all turned into kids with the biggest stars in their eyes and smiles on their faces.