The Avengers

2012, Walt Disney Studios

For some reason, mixing and matching superheroes like this seems awkward at best, creating the subtle feeling it's being done just to make money. But not having any interest in comics, who am I to judge? Still, I can't escape the whiff of money-grab in the air surrounding this film, and the growing number of others like it. Aside from character overload, there is such a thing as too much action and mayhem. While the CGI work is masterful, it doesn't help when I can't keep track of who is doing what. Still, it must have made the fans happy—they dropped over $1.5 billion of disposable income on it.

   

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron

2015, Walt Disney Studios

I'm sorry, but once we learn that Iron Man was himself responsible for spawning a mutant killer robot that caused unimaginable property damage and loss of life, his redemption seemed so implausible that I lost all respect for the writers of this beast; I had to divorce myself from the story in order to glean any possible enjoyment from the furious light-and-sound spectacle. The onslaught of special effects was practically too much to bear. But once again the fans were pleased, buying nearly as many tickets as they had for the first one.

 

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The Avengers: Infinity Wars

2018, Walt Disney Studios

Although it's not yet released, I had a peek at the information on the third installment, and was gob-smacked by the cast:

  • Dave Bautista
  • Paul Bettany
  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Josh Brolin
  • Don Cheadle
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Benicio del Toro
  • Vin Diesel
  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Winston Duke
  • Chris Evans
  • Karen Gillan
  • Danai Gurira
  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Tom Hiddleston
  • Tom Holland
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Pom Klementieff
  • Anthony Mackie
  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Chris Pratt
  • Jeremy Renner
  • Paul Rudd
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Cobie Smulders
  • Sebastian Stan
  • Benedict Wong
  • Letitia Wright

Plus a fourth film is planned as well, with the unofficial title of Infinity Wars Part II. One wonders how long Disney will continue to milk this cash cow?

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