On Thursday night crowds of nerds lined up in front of the to witness the midnight opening of The Avengers, the first blockbuster summer movie of the year, which has already broken box office records overseas.
The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, is the culmination of a series of comic movies including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America played by Robert Dowey Jr. Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Evans. In this highly anticipated film, teased in the others, the heroes come together as a team to fight a threat no one of them can face alone.
"I'm here because I'm a nerd" said Ian Jennings, 24, who came to the show with the Cabrillo College GAMES club. "I've read all the old Avengers comics, all the old Thor comics and all the old Captain America comics."
The line for the Avengers started at 6:30 p.m. (later than Harry Potter or Twilight sagas, which began in the morning or a whole day before) with Connor Stevenson, who said that even though he was in line for four and a half hours, he has been waiting for The Avengers for fifteen years.
The movie was literally a blockbuster, with a line stretching all the way down Locust street.
“I hope they fight commies,” said Theo Olson, who claimed to be a fan of the Cold War era comics in which “Thor and Captain America only fraught commies and Nazis.” However, the film had the Avengers fighting Thor’s evil brother Loki and his army of aliens.
"I've been reading Captain America comics since fourth grade, and if those Harry Potter kids can dress up with their wands and robes, then we can dress up too." said Alex Venegas, 20, who was dressed as Captain America accompanied with his girlfriend, Silvia Gonzalez, 19, who was dressed as Thor who added that she wasn't' a comic nerd but that super hero movies are "better than chick flicks"
Once the crowd seeped into the theater, and the movie began, the audience was electric. At every major character moment in the film, crowd cheered like a sixteen-year-old girl at a Justine Beeber concert.
The Avengers may be the best superhero movie of all time; even better then classics like Spider-man 2 and Superman II.
Writer/director Joss Whedon, creator of TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, has always been know for crisp, humorous dialog, but in the Avengers he turned the wit up to eleven. His writing is so funny that the scenes with characters sitting around talking are just as exciting as the huge the action set pieces.
Speaking of action, the battle scenes are incredibly well shot and directed. The characters are all different in the way they fight and seeing them work together stands out from super hero movies with just one character doing the heavy lifting.
Great action and witty repartee would be enough to make The Avengers a decent movie, but the movie has a stellar plot that elevates it to a great movie. The story is well structured and by the end of the film, every character has changed and learned something.
Fans who stayed past the credits were awarded an extra nerdy that will leave comic book fans eager for The Avengers 2.
The Avengers is a breezy summer action movie that is pure fun from start to finish.