Avengers Banter

Written By: Josie

SPOILER ALERT: May contain spoilers for both Avengers films, however, if you haven’t watched them yet then are you living under a rock or…?

Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) is an American superhero film based of a popular Marvel comic and is the sixth installment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It’s sequel recently came to cinemas, back in May. Avengers: Age of Ultron (AoU) is the eleventh installment to the MU franchise, both Directed by Joss Whedon and based on the original comic collection created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

The 2012 movie was unique, bringing the superheroes together to the big screen for the first time (some of who have their own franchises, and some who deserve their own *cough* Black Widow *cough*). The Avengers pulled in over £1.5 billion worldwide and became the third highest grossing film during it’s theatrical run. It is more than safe to say that the 2012 Avengers was a great success, receiving a 92% “like” score on Rotten Tomatoes, a review site know for its harsher critics. I, too, greatly enjoyed The Avengers Assemble, brilliant enough for me to have read the script 5 times and watched the film 63 times – and counting.

However, it appears this year Joss Whedon didn’t live up to the same potential he showed us 3 years ago, his 2015 Avenger: AoU only receiving a 74% like score (Rotten Tomatoes). There has been a lot of discussion and outrages across social media and amongst nerds like myself, on “what made AoU a bad film?!” The most common answer being the unlikely and cringe worthy on-screen romance between Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). As well as the ultimately death of what I believed to be a beloved character Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Some may argue that the film lacked the wicked charm of Loki, Tom Hiddleston’s absence in the film causing an outcry from fan girls everywhere, myself included.