Why The Avengers is a Nerd’s Dream

Stars:  Robert Downey Jr.Chris EvansMark RuffaloChris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson

Writers: Joss Whedon (screenplay), Zak Penn (story), Stan Lee (comic book) and Jack Kirby (comic book)

Director: Joss Whedon

The first of many comic book adaptations of this summer, The Avengers sets the nerdy bar even higher than the hype. The movie has been out for a mere week and I’ve managed to thoroughly enjoy it twice already, both viewings filled with excitement, laughter and joy.

The Avengers is a group of superheroes, much like the X-Men, that are teamed together to save the Earth from catastrophic enemies. Unlike the X-Men, however, the Avengers don’t really choose to band together, so the battle of egos and some’s unique social ineptitude is – dare I say- a MARVEL to watch on screen. The enemy in this saga is the brother and former villain of Thor, Loki. He did a great job making viewers hate him in Thor, so it was great to see the depth of his corrupt character unfold in The Avengers.

The movie works so well for a number of reasons. The chemistry between the heroes is captivating, which made scenes with all the characters so entertaining. One of my favorite things about the superhero genre are the quick quips and Avengers was full of the back and forth without sliding into a ghastly Gilmore Girls-esque dialogue. I audibly laughed during many scenes–both a testament to the writing and the acting.

There is a moment in the movie where every hero is in trouble without being in the same scene. I love this part because you realize how much you equally care about each character, and it’s after this point when the heroes truly work together. The balance of nerdy humor, riveting action and an engaging plot makes this one of the best movies of its genre. One thing that never ceases to ruin superhero movies is when directors and screenwriters place too much emphasis on the love story (aka Spider-Man 3) and I was so happy to see that Avengers didn’t make that mistake. They gave subtle nods to respective romances, such as Pepper Pots and Tony Stark, but nothing that overpowered the movie at all. This movie is a must-see for comic book nerds and muggles alike. If anything, there’s eye candy for both genders.

Oh and for those of you saying this is better than Batman Begins and The Dark Knight–Shut up.