When you’re dealing with movie franchises, survivability is at least as important as plot, and Marvel has a whole lotta franchise built into The Avengers, which capitalizes on the two Iron Man movies, two vastly different Hulk movies, and last summer’s one-two punch of Thor and Captain America. And there are more to come.
Fans of the Marvel universe have long preferred it to DC Comics because its heroes tended to be more complete human beings — flawed, and with complex backstories. In action movies, that’s often the first thing abandoned, and it certainly is here … at least for the first hour or so. After the heroes assemble in The Avengers following some set-piece smash-‘em-ups, we get more of the character.
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