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2012-05-06 05:20:22 PM
I might go see it again tonight.

/I just might
 
2012-05-06 05:23:12 PM
We're seeing it again on Wednesday. Partially just to see Hulk respond to Loki in just the right way.
 
2012-05-06 05:23:21 PM
Was there ever any doubt about it breaking records?
 
2012-05-06 05:26:56 PM
Hope Joss was smart this time with his contract, unlike when he made a pittance for Toy Story.
 
2012-05-06 05:27:02 PM
It was a great movie. I"ll see it again in a few weeks when the crowds die down.
 
2012-05-06 05:27:16 PM

JosephFinn: We're seeing it again on Wednesday. Partially just to see Hulk respond to Loki in just the right way.


Hulk's responses aren't always appropriate, though.

cheezcomixed.files.wordpress.com

/Haven't seen it yet
 
2012-05-06 05:27:37 PM

JosephFinn: We're seeing it again on Wednesday. Partially just to see Hulk respond to Loki in just the right way.


+1

Alone, worth the price of admission.

/plus, y'know, the WHOLE REST OF THE MOVIE
 
2012-05-06 05:27:57 PM

JosephFinn: We're seeing it again on Wednesday. Partially just to see Hulk respond to Loki in just the right way.


That had to be my favorite part in the whole thing.
 
2012-05-06 05:28:41 PM

flamingboar: Was there ever any doubt about it breaking records?


I don't think anyone doubted it would break the record but this really destroyed the old one. I was firmly in the "TDKR will be the highest grossing movie of the summer" camp before this weekend but not I am not sure it can do it without the 3D premium.
 
2012-05-06 05:29:15 PM
www.themarysue.com
 
2012-05-06 05:29:26 PM
Marvel should wake up every day thanking the universe for the existence of Robert Downey Jr.
 
2012-05-06 05:30:45 PM

JosephFinn: We're seeing it again on Wednesday. Partially just to see Hulk respond to Loki in just the right way.


While brilliant, that little bit of the film, I don't like the physics CGI Loki goes through. Too Skyrim. I was half expecting Loki to take an arrow through the knee.
 
2012-05-06 05:31:54 PM

Carth: flamingboar: Was there ever any doubt about it breaking records?

I don't think anyone doubted it would break the record but this really destroyed the old one. I was firmly in the "TDKR will be the highest grossing movie of the summer" camp before this weekend but not I am not sure it can do it without the 3D premium.


Avengers is going to do way broader business than TDKR even without Imax and 3D. The theater today was loaded to the gills with kids as young as six or seven. You're not going to see parents taking young kids to the way darker TDKR.
 
2012-05-06 05:33:17 PM

Carth: flamingboar: Was there ever any doubt about it breaking records?

I don't think anyone doubted it would break the record but this really destroyed the old one.


I didn't really expect it to break the record. Harry Potter wasn't exactly a small time affair.
 
2012-05-06 05:34:12 PM

kronicfeld: Marvel should wake up every day thanking the universe for the existence of Robert Downey Jr.



Avengers is going to do way broader business than TDKR even without Imax and 3D. The theater today was loaded to the gills with kids as young as six or seven. You're not going to see parents taking young kids to the way darker TDKR.



RDJ should also be thanking the Universe for Iron Man it really revitalized his career.

I agree Avengers has broader appeal, particularly overseas. There were a bunch of kids in TDK when I saw it, never underestimate the stupidity of some parents. I still think it will be close with both getting around 500 million
 
2012-05-06 05:34:33 PM

JosephFinn: We're seeing it again on Wednesday. Partially just to see Hulk respond to Loki in just the right way.


That was the most Joss Whedon scene ever.
 
2012-05-06 05:34:46 PM
I loved the movie but the Bruce Banner/hulk transformation confused me at one point.

/being vague to avoid spoilers.
 
2012-05-06 05:36:21 PM
Still disgusted that more people don't have the brains to see Cabin in the Woods.

Excellent movie.
 
2012-05-06 05:36:23 PM

Carth: It was a great movie. I"ll see it again in a few weeks when the crowds die down.


me too. It's a very very rare movie that I want to see in the theater more than once.

/and hell yes i'll be seeing it, again, in the cinemark XD digital 3D (all comments about "that isn't real 3D!" aside).
 
2012-05-06 05:36:29 PM

mah_bucket: [www.themarysue.com image 200x295]


LOL. It's a small source of pleasure for me when those little things creep into popular culture.
 
2012-05-06 05:39:36 PM

Carth: kronicfeld: Marvel should wake up every day thanking the universe for the existence of Robert Downey Jr.


Avengers is going to do way broader business than TDKR even without Imax and 3D. The theater today was loaded to the gills with kids as young as six or seven. You're not going to see parents taking young kids to the way darker TDKR.


Not sure I buy this - Iron Man and The Dark Knight came out within weeks of each other, a TDK had a much bigger box office than IM. I don't see why we can't apply the same logic here.
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2012-05-06 05:40:18 PM
Marvel needs to get all of its properties under one studio again. But I don't see Fox giving up X-Men and Sony isn't giving up Spidey. Sad really.

The best part of The Avengers? No time wasted dealing with a character learning powers or major origin stories. Everyone knew how to use their powers.

Plus, HULK SMASHED EVERY farkING THING. Going to see it at least 2 more times (with different friends and family). Can't wait.
 
2012-05-06 05:40:28 PM

jmr61: Still disgusted that more people don't have the brains to see Cabin in the Woods.

Excellent movie.


Indeed it was.
 
2012-05-06 05:40:52 PM
"...flying monkeys."

"I got that! I got that reference!"

/subtly hilarious
 
2012-05-06 05:42:25 PM
Perfect super hero movie. Lots of humor, lots of energy, lots of SFX without being overwhelmed or sickened by it (Looking at you, Transformers!). The characters were played by actors who could really understand their characters and (Better yet) portray their characters in ways that people who didn't grow up with these characters could feel like they understood them.
 
2012-05-06 05:43:00 PM

DamnYankees: Carth: kronicfeld: Marvel should wake up every day thanking the universe for the existence of Robert Downey Jr.


Avengers is going to do way broader business than TDKR even without Imax and 3D. The theater today was loaded to the gills with kids as young as six or seven. You're not going to see parents taking young kids to the way darker TDKR.

Not sure I buy this - Iron Man and The Dark Knight came out within weeks of each other, a TDK had a much bigger box office than IM. I don't see why we can't apply the same logic here.


Because Iron Man and TDK were two totally different movies from the two we're comparing now?
 
2012-05-06 05:43:26 PM

DamnYankees: Carth: kronicfeld: Marvel should wake up every day thanking the universe for the existence of Robert Downey Jr.


Avengers is going to do way broader business than TDKR even without Imax and 3D. The theater today was loaded to the gills with kids as young as six or seven. You're not going to see parents taking young kids to the way darker TDKR.

Not sure I buy this - Iron Man and The Dark Knight came out within weeks of each other, a TDK had a much bigger box office than IM. I don't see why we can't apply the same logic here.


They don't seem to be marketing TDKR rises as much. Avengers sold out a good number of the shows with 66% being 3d. Unless TDKR rises has a significantly higher theater count it will be tough to beat.
 
2012-05-06 05:44:05 PM

Carth:

They don't seem to be marketing TDKR rises as much. Avengers sold out a good number of the shows with 66% being 3d. Unless TDKR rises has a significantly higher theater count it will be tough to beat.


wow same typo twice. No more posting while watching movie trailers.
 
2012-05-06 05:44:10 PM

kronicfeld: DamnYankees: Carth: kronicfeld: Marvel should wake up every day thanking the universe for the existence of Robert Downey Jr.


Avengers is going to do way broader business than TDKR even without Imax and 3D. The theater today was loaded to the gills with kids as young as six or seven. You're not going to see parents taking young kids to the way darker TDKR.

Not sure I buy this - Iron Man and The Dark Knight came out within weeks of each other, a TDK had a much bigger box office than IM. I don't see why we can't apply the same logic here.

Because Iron Man and TDK were two totally different movies from the two we're comparing now?


They are? I can't even imagine a more perfect movie analogy. The only better parallel possible would have been if it was Iron Man 2 against TDKR.
 
2012-05-06 05:45:14 PM
Mentat: That was the most Joss Whedon scene ever.

Nope. The shwarma restaturant was.
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2012-05-06 05:45:22 PM

flamingboar: I loved the movie but the Bruce Banner/hulk transformation confused me at one point.

/being vague to avoid spoilers.


Semi-SPOILERSSSSSSSS

The first transformation was due to pain. When Hulk senses that Banner is in pain, he comes out to not only protect Bruce, but to protect himself (no Banner, no Hulk). When this happens, Banner can't control the transformation. Hulk is in control.

Second transformation? Bruce reveals that he HAS control over the Hulk under normal circumstances. He can turn to Hulk at will. He's "always angry", meaning he can turn it on (but not so much turning it off).

End Semi-Spoilers
 
2012-05-06 05:47:57 PM

Barricaded Gunman: Mentat: That was the most Joss Whedon scene ever.

Nope. The shwarma restaturant was.


Nah, I'm gonna go with the headcount scene with Loki and Stark.

It was pretty easy to see Joss's influence on the movie, but I'm glad it wasn't over done.
 
2012-05-06 05:48:00 PM

MBK: flamingboar: I loved the movie but the Bruce Banner/hulk transformation confused me at one point.

/being vague to avoid spoilers.

Semi-SPOILERSSSSSSSS

The first transformation was due to pain. When Hulk senses that Banner is in pain, he comes out to not only protect Bruce, but to protect himself (no Banner, no Hulk). When this happens, Banner can't control the transformation. Hulk is in control.

Second transformation? Bruce reveals that he HAS control over the Hulk under normal circumstances. He can turn to Hulk at will. He's "always angry", meaning he can turn it on (but not so much turning it off).

End Semi-Spoilers


Ah! That makes sense now! Thanks!
 
2012-05-06 05:51:01 PM

blackminded: "...flying monkeys."

"I got that! I got that reference!"

/subtly hilarious


For all the awesome action scenes, there was a lot of subtlety in Avengers that changed it from a great film into an excellent film. Every character had subtle yet important changes happen that showed character growth. Even if you hadn't seen any of the other movies, most of the characters (Iron Man, Cap, Hulk, and to some extent Thor) as so much a part of pop culture now that most people have a basis to go off of. And Joss built off that basis and had them grow. Definitely the best comic adaptation movie ever, IMO, and every bit a game changer for cinema as Star Wars was back in '77. For me, Avengers has replaced Star Wars as my favorite movie of all time, and I've been slightly obsessed with Star Wars since I saw it in the theater for it's initial run.

Yes, Joss Whedon is my master now...
 
2012-05-06 05:51:48 PM
I have to say, seeing how awesome this was made me a bit sad we won't ever see New Avengers unless Marvel gets the rights back to their characters.
 
2012-05-06 05:52:01 PM

DamnYankees: kronicfeld: DamnYankees: Carth: kronicfeld: Marvel should wake up every day thanking the universe for the existence of Robert Downey Jr.


Avengers is going to do way broader business than TDKR even without Imax and 3D. The theater today was loaded to the gills with kids as young as six or seven. You're not going to see parents taking young kids to the way darker TDKR.

Not sure I buy this - Iron Man and The Dark Knight came out within weeks of each other, a TDK had a much bigger box office than IM. I don't see why we can't apply the same logic here.

Because Iron Man and TDK were two totally different movies from the two we're comparing now?

They are? I can't even imagine a more perfect movie analogy. The only better parallel possible would have been if it was Iron Man 2 against TDKR.


Iron Man was the very beginng of this series. There was no track record. Its star wasn't proven to be bankable at all. It was directed by the director of Elf. The character didn't have the popularity of other franchises like Batman and X-Men. It was a total experiment.

TDK was a sequel. To a successful and well-received reboot of an existing, bankable franchise. It had huge buzz over the performance and death of Heath Ledger in one of the most recognizable villains in comics and movies.

The Avengers is now what TDK or TDKR is: a sequel - this being a sequel to about six different movies - with bankable stars. Comparing IM/TDK to A/TDKR is a bad analogy.
 
2012-05-06 05:52:52 PM

blackminded: "...flying monkeys."

"I got that! I got that reference!"

/subtly hilarious


Yeah, that was one of those small things that show how much better a film is with writers and directors who get the material. Cap had to be a little sick of half of what people said not making sense to him (Hey Point Break! No hard feelings huh?) that one little line reminded you perfectly of that.
 
2012-05-06 05:54:01 PM

rickycal78: Barricaded Gunman: Mentat: That was the most Joss Whedon scene ever.

Nope. The shwarma restaturant was.

Nah, I'm gonna go with the headcount scene with Loki and Stark.

It was pretty easy to see Joss's influence on the movie, but I'm glad it wasn't over done.


Semi-spoilery:


A) You are missing the most Joss Whedon based scene
B) It wasn't maximum Whedon because it wasn't a girl that it happened to



End semi-spoilery
 
2012-05-06 05:58:00 PM

TheManofPA: rickycal78: Barricaded Gunman: Mentat: That was the most Joss Whedon scene ever.

Nope. The shwarma restaturant was.

Nah, I'm gonna go with the headcount scene with Loki and Stark.

It was pretty easy to see Joss's influence on the movie, but I'm glad it wasn't over done.

Semi-spoilery:


A) You are missing the most Joss Whedon based scene
B) It wasn't maximum Whedon because it wasn't a girl that it happened to


End semi-spoilery


I have a pretty good idea what you're talking about, but he does it to male characters as well.
 
2012-05-06 06:00:36 PM
Ok, after the "Hulk/Loki" scene. Does anyone know what the Hulk said? I couldn't hear it over my own laughter as well as the rest of the theater.
 
2012-05-06 06:01:24 PM

MannaxOne: Ok, after the "Hulk/Loki" scene. Does anyone know what the Hulk said? I couldn't hear it over my own laughter as well as the rest of the theater.


He says "Puny God"
 
2012-05-06 06:01:37 PM

MBK: Semi-SPOILERSSSSSSSS

The first transformation was due to pain. When Hulk senses that Banner is in pain, he comes out to not only protect Bruce, but to protect himself (no Banner, no Hulk). When this happens, Banner can't control the transformation. Hulk is in control.

Second transformation? Bruce reveals that he HAS control over the Hulk under normal circumstances. He can turn to Hulk at will. He's "always angry", meaning he can turn it on (but not so much turning it off).


End Semi-Spoilers


Is the first one canon? I like that explanation better, but after hearing the explanation for the 2nd I'd figured the first was just because he didn't trust anyone and was all pissed off. Figured it would've gone for smash, not kill, if left unchecked.
 
2012-05-06 06:02:04 PM
When you can make a movie where two of the weakest team members still seemed to stand tall and actually be interesting, you deserve to be there.
A guy who shoots arrows is in league with Iron Man?
"They can't bank for crap."
Oh, ya I can see that now.
 
2012-05-06 06:02:26 PM

MannaxOne: Ok, after the "Hulk/Loki" scene. Does anyone know what the Hulk said? I couldn't hear it over my own laughter as well as the rest of the theater.


SPOILER**************

"Puny god..."
 
2012-05-06 06:02:40 PM

DonkeyDixon: MBK: Semi-SPOILERSSSSSSSS

The first transformation was due to pain. When Hulk senses that Banner is in pain, he comes out to not only protect Bruce, but to protect himself (no Banner, no Hulk). When this happens, Banner can't control the transformation. Hulk is in control.

Second transformation? Bruce reveals that he HAS control over the Hulk under normal circumstances. He can turn to Hulk at will. He's "always angry", meaning he can turn it on (but not so much turning it off).

End Semi-Spoilers

Is the first one canon? I like that explanation better, but after hearing the explanation for the 2nd I'd figured the first was just because he didn't trust anyone and was all pissed off. Figured it would've gone for smash, not kill, if left unchecked.


You're not wrong - it doesn't make sense. MBK's explanation is simply something made up to explain it - its fine to do that, but its a flaw in the film. There's no explanation given.
 
2012-05-06 06:04:41 PM

RoyFokker'sGhost: blackminded: "...flying monkeys."

"I got that! I got that reference!"

/subtly hilarious

For all the awesome action scenes, there was a lot of subtlety in Avengers that changed it from a great film into an excellent film. Every character had subtle yet important changes happen that showed character growth. Even if you hadn't seen any of the other movies, most of the characters (Iron Man, Cap, Hulk, and to some extent Thor) as so much a part of pop culture now that most people have a basis to go off of. And Joss built off that basis and had them grow. Definitely the best comic adaptation movie ever, IMO, and every bit a game changer for cinema as Star Wars was back in '77. For me, Avengers has replaced Star Wars as my favorite movie of all time, and I've been slightly obsessed with Star Wars since I saw it in the theater for it's initial run.

Yes, Joss Whedon is my master now...


Give credit to Zak Penn, too. He co-wrote the story.

And give credit to Jackson, Downey, and company, too. They showed that the right actors can make even the most outrageous idea work. I don't imagine this would have worked half as well if they had cast someone like Megan Fox as Black Widow and Tom Selleck as Tony Stark.
 
2012-05-06 06:05:29 PM

Carth: RDJ should also be thanking the Universe for Iron Man it really revitalized his career.


If you read interviews with him from after Iron Man came out, he does. If I remember correctly they Iron Man had to take out a MASSIVE insurance policy against him given his track record, and his salary was barely above scale. Now he IS Tony Stark.

/looking forward to IM3
//not sure how well Extremis will play on the big screen...
 
2012-05-06 06:06:00 PM
Wasn't surprised to see Pepper Potts barefoot.
We're talking Whedon, here, folks, and that man has a serious foot fetish.
 
2012-05-06 06:06:38 PM

ZeroCorpse: Tom Selleck as Tony Stark.


That could've worked in 1986 or so.
 
2012-05-06 06:06:46 PM

MannaxOne: Ok, after the "Hulk/Loki" scene. Does anyone know what the Hulk said? I couldn't hear it over my own laughter as well as the rest of the theater.


I saw it twice and think it is two words "______ god"

Not sure what first word is.
 
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