Almost 50 years ago, a young boy lays daydreaming in his room on a warm summer’s afternoon. Staring out at the antenna on the radar station on a nearby mountain top making it routine sweeps in protection of our borders from the grave communist threat, his thoughts turned to dreams of superheroes. On this occasion the attention of those thoughts were the heroes in a recently acquired Avenger comic. How amazingly cool it would be to run with the likes of Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, and the rest of the Avengers. Lying there painting pictures in his mind of the adventures to be lived in their missions. It is the life of many of children, at least 50 years ago.
Over the years there have been passable animated efforts to tell these stories, along with attempt to creating serial adventures on T.V... As a young man, I remember being fixated on tube each Friday night, watching the exploits of Dr. Bruce Banner (Bill Bixby) as he transformed into and back from The Incredible Hulk (Lou Ferrigno). All fun, but not quite as exciting as images I could create in my mind. Now though, throught the geniuses of CGI, and wonderful storytelling imagery, these daydreams of my youth can and have been truly brought to live.
Last night, my family and I, all awaiting with trembling anticipation for months, got to go seen the latest Marvel offering Avengers. I made sure to buy tickets early in the week to make sure we had seats, we arrived at the theaters early, and the girls scurried off to find a spot in line. After getting us checked in and getting our 3D glasses (as much as I dislike the 3D glass, it really is a must for this one), I arrive at our place in line – right at the front. We’re going to getting the exact seats we want… COOL!!!
As the movie opens, we find the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistic Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.) involved in some dangerous secret research desired by arch evil villain Loki. After the research, the primary scientist, and a SHIELD agent are lost, the director of SHIELD, Nick Fury, reactivates the Avenger Initiative. There is the self absorbed weapons genius Tony Stark/Ironman, the epitome of anger management Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk, the patriotic super soldier Steve Rogers/Capitan America, and the stoic demi-god Thor, along with resources of SHIELD and a host of agents. Director Fury’s challenge, how do you make a team that is a team want to be a team? And, do it quick, as Earth’s very existence hangs in the balance. The movie is an exhilarating ride of action as we see the story unfold to it ultimate climax, where we watch a group of superheroes transform into a team of superheroes, with scenes from my childhood memories coming to life on the screen in front of me.
If you ever dreamed of superheroes, fantasy, or… well any daydream as a child go see Avengers, and spring for the 3D version… I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
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