What was the appeal of The Avengers?

When I first saw it I thought it had its strong points but had a very weak middle. The only prior installment in that series I had watched was the original Iron Man, and not since its theatrical release. Other than that and The Avengers, I don't recall people being too interested in the rest of Phase One.

Was Marvel harnessing the "slow-burn" phenomenon on purpose? Was Phase One like some kind of investment scheme?
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  • I don't know, but it's very British.
  • The pineapple symbolizes evil
    ngl, I saw that show on BBC America in like 2000 and assumed it was somehow related to the superhero team (who I only knew through their short-lived Fox cartoon) and was surprised to learn there was another Avengers
  • Very Concerned Gay Lion



    I don't know, but it's very British.

    Obligatory:


  • oh no! look at who they let in the front door
    here's the appeal of the The Avengers movie:

    "that man is playing Galaga"

    "that's my secret cap....I'm always angry"

    and that's it!
  • Hearts invoke the everlasting song. Multitudes, the Chariot of God.
    Tumblr shipping and Joss Whedon's quippy dialogue (just before we got collectively sick of Joss Whedon).
  • The pineapple symbolizes evil
    See I thought people loved Buffy and Angel and Firefly

    Are we allowed to still enjoy those?
  • extremely not so but maybe just a tad yes
    those shows are still mostly good imo, also my favourite of his film projects is his version of Much Ado About Nothing don't @ me
  • The pineapple symbolizes evil
    MetaFour said:

    Tumblr shipping and Joss Whedon's quippy dialogue (just before we got collectively sick of Joss Whedon).

    and man the thing about the MCU is that those movies are like hardly even about anything yet we are supposed to think of them as these great cinematic achievements
  • Hearts invoke the everlasting song. Multitudes, the Chariot of God.
    Thaaaaaaaat's the hype machine for you!
  • edited 2018-02-09 09:10:12
    I still like the Avengers movies. They're not perfect by any means but still enjoyable.

    Though the people claiming they're the best films ever are pretty obnoxious.
  • Very Concerned Gay Lion
    Anonus said:

    See I thought people loved Buffy and Angel and Firefly


    Are we allowed to still enjoy those?
    I don’t see why not. Being aware of problems with them doesn’t necessarily mean you have to disown them.
    Heinzes said:

    those shows are still mostly good imo, also my favourite of his film projects is his version of Much Ado About Nothing don't @ me

    I’m not that interested in watching his shows at this point (and Firefly in particular strikes me as unappealing, personally speaking), but I do still want to watch that adaptation at some point.
  • kill living beings
    people punching each other probably
  • “His thoughts were red thoughts, and his teeth were white.”
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer was great, mostly.
  • Eternity is a child playing, playing checkers; the kingdom belongs to a child.



    I don't know, but it's very British.

    Every british guy over a certain age has a crush on Diana Rigg as Emma Peel

    Just like how every intellectual guy over a certain age has a crush on Sophia Loren, and every mom over a certain age has a crush on Davy Jones from the Monkees
  • “His thoughts were red thoughts, and his teeth were white.”
    The Avengers, as in the TV series, was really fun. I watch it a bunch as a kid, and my mom watched it when she was a kid before me. Also, great clothes.
  • It was a bunch of superheroes, most of whom had had their own movies, all in the same movie.  Thus, it didn't have to necessarily be a direct sequel to any specific one of the previous single-superhero movies, and it didn't have to be an origin story for any of the superheroes.  

    The setting and general tone (as well as several plot threads) had been established by the earlier movies, so the movie could essentially bypass all the setup and go straight to payoff.  

    So, most of these superheroes could individually draw an audience, and individually appealed to the public.  Marvel Comics had already shown how these characters could be engaging and interesting, or at least marketable, as a team.

    Having learned from the preceding movies what audiences seemed to like and dislike, what people wanted, and having decades of Marvel Comics to draw inspiration (and audience opinion) from, and Disney's marketing and resources... in short, The Avengers had all the opportunities and advantages that a movie can start out with.

    In other words, in almost every possible way, The Avengers got to eat its cake and have it too.
  • kill living beings
    image
  • are there, like, cinematic porn universes?

    this is a thing I have not considered
  • And are they all connected by John Munch?
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