Sunday, September 4, 2011
However, you know what the collection of films leading up to The Avengers really reminds me of? A TV Show. More specifically Heroes, or shows of the same ilk. There's a disconnected nature. As if each film is an episode in the context of a larger reaching film. Naturally some episodes are better than others, and each arch is self sufficient enough that they can still function independently. But the way Marvel has organized them - starting predominately with Iron Man 2 - they've become little more than subplots in the broader scale of an intertwined narrative. Which makes me wonder, should they be reviewed as single films or as a collective. You see, I'm beginning to get frustrated by this because Marvel seems to want the best of both worlds.
They want stand alone films which aren't stand alone. Take this summer's installment of Thor. A good 60% of that movie was setup for Thor's eventual wrangling into the world of The Avengers. Iron Man 2 rocked in a good 30 - 40% and Captain America's entire marketing campaign centered around it (I haven't seen CA yet so I'll retain judgment on how much of it is its own entity is Avenger buildup). At least Iron Man 1 and The Incredible Hulk featured their own plots and even the slightest hint of an Avengers tie in was kept at bay until post-credit sequences.
Still, none of this makes them bad movies. I just find myself torn as to whether or not they can be justifiably be critiqued on their own merits. Then again, we review episodes of TV shows all the time so perhaps there's not much in it to begin with. Of course, I'm never much of one to pass up an opportunity to grumble about Marvels latest indulgent outing. Even if I've enjoyed each installment thus far.