Thursday, March 6, 2014

Marvel's "The Avengers" (Part III)

Here are the last three characters from Marvel's The Avengers, and my favorites.

> Steve Rogers, alias Captain America (Chris Evans). My third favorite character. The outdated symbol of patriotism and justice, unshakable faith in the stability of right and wrong. A little slow on the uptake sometimes, but it makes him endearing. I've always been a sucker for a man who says "sir" and "ma'am." His military background shows through. If you don't already know that I bleed red, white, and blue shamelessly, you might as well find out now.

> Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, (Robert Downey, Jr.). My second favorite character. Brilliant, egotistical, uncouth, rude, he says the most scandalous things not necessarily to shock others but simply because he's so secure in his status and worth that he genuinely doesn't give a damn what others think. His  relationship with Pepper and his philanthropic endeavors give him a soft side, but there's really nothing quite like his one-liners. ("Then don't take my stuff.")

> Loki (Tom Hiddleston). My very favorite character of all these movies. As bad guy, he turns out to be freakishly frightening, but he's well-rounded. He's got a great deadpan sense of humor ("I'm not overly fond of what follows"). Cast out by his people and adopted by the family he's always thought his own, he's not a cliched evil-for-the-sake-of-evil villain. He's genuinely tormented by who he believes he was meant to be, and how he can now set the universe to rights in the way he believes has been denied him. Who couldn't appreciate his tenacity?

And, really, how on earth am I supposed to develop people as fully and genuinely as this movie does?

See why I'm envious?

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