'The Avengers' Review: Women Will Be Shocked How Much They’ll Like It

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The AvengersConfession. I didn't expect to actually enjoy Marvel's The Avengers. When I heard Disney was shooting for a female audience for its new superhero flick, I thought they were being ... adventuresome. I suppose my skepticism is why you should trust me. The Avengers is good. Super good. You need to see it. Preferably on opening night.

Why should you believe me? I'm not your typical fan girl. And I wanted to plop myself back down in a theater seat to re-watch Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Evans wrest the fate of the world back out from the hands of the evil Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

Disney and Marvel have done it.

They have turned the superhero franchise that's long been the bastion of boys big and small and a faithful following of female comic fans into the kind of film that speaks to the rest of us. We all live on Earth. We all could use a hero. This is a movie for us ... all of us.

The secret, of course, is Joss Whedon. Revered by women since the wonder that is Buffy was delivered upon womankind, the writer/director is both a comic book fan who was able to give the Marvel maniacs what they wanted and a guy who speaks to women. He knew the sex appeal of the leading actors was only going to drive this movie so far into the female fanbase. He respected our intelligence. We need more than hot guys. We need powerful women like Black Widow (Johansson) and Maria Hill (played by How I Met Your Mother's Cobie Smulders). We needed story. We needed heart.

We got the latter in no small part because of Ruffalo, whose turn as Dr. Bruce Banner and his green monster alter ego The Incredible Hulk steals the scenes away from top-billed wise-cracking Downey with a quiet dignity as a mild-mannered scientist living in fear of himself. But The Avengers delivers laughs too, in a script heavy on pop culture references that lighten the dark mood (hello, Earth is under attack here people) quickly without insulting the intelligence.

Only box office results will tell the real story, but finding a movie my husband and I can watch together is a super win in my book. 

When will you be going to see The Avengers?

 

Image via Walt Disney

Disney covered my expenses to screen Marvel's The Avengers.

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cocob... cocobeannns

Yes! Going with my fiance tomorrow. I loved Captain America, and I really like the X-Men films. My fiance is really into the Marvel stuff, so we see them all.

Tracey Plummer

Hell yeah, the secret is Joss Whedon!!!! The man is a genius when it comes to writing genuine emotion. Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible, and now the great Avengers, which I cannot wait to go see!!! I'm glad you enjoyed the movie! I will be going next weekend, since this weekend is all about the six year old....it almost hurts to wait! LOL

Sidthe Sidthe

I cannot wait to go see this film!! I might have to wait to see if for my birthday though! My dad wants to take me! I'm like we go now! But with so many people in the family it's not gonna be possible to go opening weekend!!!!

sunny... sunnytxmom

I have been waiting for what seems like forever for The Avengers! I especially can't wait to see Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk. It's gonna rock!

Felly... FellyScarlett

Been an Avengers fan since basically the day I was born. I went to the midnight premier. It was amazing :)

lilpu... lilpunk77

Saw the 12:01 am show...IMAX 3D...it was nothing short of AWESOME! SOOOO GOOD! Btw, stay in your seat til the very end even after ALL the credits have rolled. Trust me. It's funny and worth it.

firee... fireeyes81

I can't wait to see it.  I was getting kind of worried that it looked too much like Fantastic Four, but since hearing all the great reviews I'm excited to go!  Might even make it out tonight if we can.

Grainia Grainia

I was going to wait till next Sunday but I just can't. I'm going to go Monday. I have been jumping out of my skin to see this since Thor.


Tracey, don't forget Cabin in the Woods. If you haven't seen it yet RUN to the theatre!


sidesplittinglaughter 


Yes, it was that funny!

butte... butterflyfreak

Hell, I'm a simple woman, the hot guys would have been enough for me. I like the superhero movies, even if some of them tend to be kinda cheesy/hokey whatever. I will admit that I have been looking forward to this one for awhile. I'm hoping the drive-in will be playing it once they go to all week for summer (they are only open on the weekends right now and my hubby works swing shifts with Wed-Thur off.) I much prefer the drive-in, but hubby may break down and take us to the walk-in when he gets paid on Thursday.

valha... valhallaarwen

No offense but are only guys supposed to like it.  Any one (women included) who have been waiting for this would like it regardless.  Am I supposed to not like this because I am a woman.  Please.  I was planning a boys movie (with some great nephews) on Monday (read cheaper at the show) and one of my nieces called me and asked if I would mind if she took her son to the movies tonight because he was crying thinking that he couldn't go with his parents to see it. I said yeah take him so he won't be upset.  I am sure he will enjoy it.  I can take him to see another movie or he can see it again.  I am pumped to see this, but I don't wanna see it at ten bucks.  I can wait.  Actually I want to see it more than my husband.

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