Everyone saw The Avengers over the weekend. Why wouldn’t they? It had a bunch of superheroes fighting a god that is invading the Earth with aliens from the other side of the galaxy by harnessing the power of a magic cube.
Why wouldn’t people go see that?
However, I’m willing to bet that most of the people that saw it over the weekend aren’t all that familiar with comic books. If you’re one of them, you should totally go to your local comic book store and ask for some suggestions. The employees may be geeky, but they’ll probably be helpful. If they’re condescending, tell them TJ sent you.
Anyway, you probably have some questions about things in the movie. I’ve compiled a list of questions about The Avengers, and hopefully I can answer them satisfactorily. If you have more questions, feel free to Email me or post in the comments.
YAR! HERE BE SPOILERS!
Who was that purple guy during the credits?
That was Thanos, one of the major bad guys in the Marvel Universe. Thanos was born on Titan, one of the moons of Saturn. As one of the Titanian Eternals (basically, a race of space gods), Thanos is immensely powerful. His Super strength; immortality; no need for food, water, or oxygen; super intellect; cosmic energy; etc make him one of the most powerful baddies in the Marvel Universe.
He is in love with the personification of Death. In the Marvel Universe, each natural force has some sort of Cosmic Entity attached to it. Death is a woman (how a skeleton has breasts, I know not), and Thanos is totally crushing on her. In order to get her to notice him, he decides to kill half of the universe.
First he tries to get the Cosmic Cube (Tesseract in the films), and fails.
Then he tries collecting a bunch of cosmic gems and forging the Infinity Gauntlet (which was one of the Thor film’s props shown at the San Diego Comic Convention)
Really, this is one of the best crossover comics of all time. I’d be glad to see it come to film. I think we’ll be seeing a shift towards some more magical movies (Dr. Strange?).
Where were Spider-Man and the X-Men? Fantastic Four? Daredevil? Etc.
Once upon a time, before Marvel started their own movie studio, they sold the film rights from some of their biggest franchises to various film studios. Sony got Spider-Man. Fox got Fantastic Four and X-Men and Daredevil. Lionsgate got Punisher. Columbia got Ghost Rider.
Many times, movie deals like this have the caveat that the film rights will revert to the original rights holder if nothing is done with the film. This is why, for awhile anyway, you will see a constant stream of reboots. That’s why there was an X-men reboot (though it was actually pretty good); a Spider-Man reboot is coming this summer. And of course, there are rumors of other movie reboots happening all the time.
It’s cheap. It sucks, but you’re not going to see Spidey or Wolverine show up to help the Avengers. You also won’t see an awesome Daredevil vs. Punisher movie.
Film studios are terrible.
Are there any female Avengers with super powers? Where are the butt-kicking women?
In the comics, Black Widow is biotechnologically augmented to be more resistant to damage and aging, plus she’s a super spy, so she’s pretty cool.
However, for the heavy hitters of the female persuasion, you can take your pick, really.
Carol Danvers is a member of the US Air Force. After being caught in an alien explosion, she is given crazy superpowers, including flight, energy blasts, super strength, invulnerability, and others. Her chances of being in the next movie are probably pretty high.
There are others, but I’m running out of room; She-Hulk, Spider-Woman, Scarlett Witch.
Rank the Avengers according to power level.
Hulk. Thor. Iron Man. Captain America. Black Widow. Hawkeye.
UPDATE: How did Hulk get his powers?
The Hulk got his powers while experimenting and trying to replicate Captain America’s super-soldier serum. He experimented with Gamma radiation, which ended up giving him his powers.
I think that’s all for now. If you have any more questions email me or ask in the comments. I’ll update this as needed.