In deep space the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy come across Thanos who has control of a Cosmic Cube (okay, it’s not a real Cosmic Cube). Turns out the power in Thanos’ hands was made by the United States Government and could very well mean the end of everything as the Mad Titan expels Thor and the rest of the two teams into the Cancerverse before making his way to Earth.
Well done Joss Whedon. Ensemble casts aren’t always the easiest to deal with, especially when you’ve got stars of several franchises who all need to be showcased. Not only does the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer succeed in giving each hero their own moment to shine, but he crafts what is inarguably one of the best super-hero movies of all-time. I don’t know if The Avengers is going to be the best movie of the summer, but if it’s not I can’t wait to see what could possibly top it.
So these new photos for The Avengers that have hit the interwebs over the last couple of days and all I can think is this is the best Marvel Studios could make these characters look? Don’t get me wrong, I’m still looking forward to seeing the movie but…
Seriously? Take a look at this and tell me it doesn’t remind you of countless examples of photoshopped characters, all staring in different directions, and always against random destruction in the background, that has become a staple of Justice League since the New 52 reboot.
Steve Rogers puts together a new team of Avengers. Not bad for a first issue. We get Kang, Silly Putty from the future (heh), awkward conversations and reunions, and the feel of something new and important starting here. However, the threat of kids from the future is far from the slamdunk opening arc I hoped, and Wonder Man‘s refusal to join is forced and hamfisted. Gee, I “wonder” if that’s going to be an important? Sigh. It may not be all I hoped for, or living up to the promise of the Heroic Age, but it’s definitely worth a look.