…Annnnd We’re Back!

So after an unplanned, too-long hiatus, #nerdgirls is back for your reading pleasure. With a couple of announcements:

1.  Help us welcome our newest Nerdgirl – Beth Matthews! Beth is the extremely talented fantasy/romance author of the books The Beauty’s Beast, Heir to the Underworld, the upcoming Beauty and the Bouncer — and she’s a Grade-A nerd. She also knows more than Lucas himself about Star Wars, feel free to talk shop with her. Check out her writer-ly blog at: http://bethmatthewsbooks.com/. We’re thrilled to have her join the #nerdgirls crew!

2.  And now I’d like to formally invite you to join us for the Summer of Nerdery! All summer long we’ll be updating you on news, games, shows, movies and events relevant to your interests. Excitement!

First stop in the Summer of Nerdery: The Avengers. The universe has spun into a perfect singularity of Marvel, Joss Whedon and Chris Hemsworth’s biceps and by now as a proper nerd you should have seen it at least twice. Beth Matthews gives us her review:


(How cool is it that Agent Coolson gets his own poster? I mean, seriously awesome, right?!)

So, I’ve been looking forward to this pretty much since the first Iron Man movie came out and they had Nick Fury as the tag after the end credits. I’m a huge geek and I love, LOVE the shared universe that Marvel has created with their various superheroes in their movies. Now, some of the standalone films haven’t necessarily knocked it out of the park (Captain America, the Hulk films), but then some of them kicked serious ass (Iron Man, Thor).

And, I must say, that The Avengers definitely did the latter. Avengers kicked ass, took names and…did something else really awesome…(that is weird description, isn’t it? Why would you write down someone’s name after you kicked their ass? Because you wanted to make sure you checked them off the Ass-Kicking List? Because you want to schedule a follow-up appointment to kick their ass again?) ANYWAY…

And you know why this movie managed to kick ass where other movies in the franchise have done less so?

Because this movie was about the characters!!!

Yes, they were running around doing amazing action stuff and saving the world and all that. But Whedon is a pro, and he knew that if we didn’t care about the people then all the special effects in the world wouldn’t save his movie. (This is where Captain America fell down for me. If they had used sock puppets in the middle of all that action stuff I might have cared more than I did. No characters, no emotion in that freaking movie anywhere).

So, because Whedon is a smart, smart man, we get to see Tony Stark having some boyfriend time with Pepper (which was adorable). And you have longtime partners Hawkeye and Black Widow sharing looks and making their relationship feel real and important to the other person (and, consequently, to the audience).* And we even have some brother-bonding/ass-kicking time between Thor and Loki (which was spot-on perfect).

Most importantly, all the superheroes didn’t suddenly get personality transplants. Thor is still his sexy royal self, Captain America is still a good ol’slice of American do-goodedness, and Tony Stark is still the charming bastard we all know and love. They all feel like different, unique individuals and not cookie-cutter hero types. They’re still the same flawed fuck-ups they were in their own movies. But now they get to try and work together!

Whedon started with the people, the characters, and got us invested in them, which meant by the time we got to space aliens and Norse gods blowing up the world we were with him. I was gasping and laughing and clapping at all the good bits. I CARED if this version of earth got saved. And I cared about the people doing the saving.

And, you know what, now I can’t wait for the sequel. They just better get Whedon back to do it.**

(Just promise to let him play with Cap’s shield some more then I’m sure you’ll have him for as many sequels as you want!)

* I totally ship Hawkeye/Black Widow now. I really wanted them to have an illicit elevator kiss a la Spock and Uhura in Star Trek. Oh well, maybe in the sequel…

**I mean, for the dialogue alone. Seriously, he had some great quotes in this movie:

Steve Rogers: Stark, we need a plan of attack!

Tony Stark: I have a plan: attack!

Bruce Banner: I don’t think we should be focusing on Loki. That guy’s brain is a bag full of cats. You can smell the crazy on him.

Thor: Take care how you speak. Loki is beyond reason, but he is of Asgard. And he is my brother.

Natasha Romanoff: He’s killed eighty people in two days.

Thor: He’s adopted.

And, my personal favorite….

Tony Stark: …if we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we’ll avenge it!

So…what are you waiting for? Go out and see this movie!!!


19 Comments to “…Annnnd We’re Back!”

  1. I wasn’t sure I’d like this film, so I’ve been putting off seeing it. You’ve made up my mind. Gotta see it now!

  2. I’ve been on the fence about seeing this movie. I’ve made up my mind. Gotta see it!

  3. I can’t wait to see this movie! I’ve been dying to – but stuff keeps getting in the way. Maybe this week. Thanks, Beth! LOVE Whedon…

  4. Now I’m chomping at the bit to see this movie. Son highly recommended it to me yesterday. Hey – I liked Captain America – you, a nerdy girl – didn’t see any character development from that boy who got the crap beat out of him all the time to the man who kicked ass? I’m not crazy about The Hulk – and tha’s because of Lou F. ruining him for me. Looking forward to this movie!

    • RE: Captain America, I feel like ol’ Steve did remain pretty static. He started out an earnest, patriotic, good man. He ended the movie all those things. I didn’t hate the movie. Just didn’t connect with it I guess.

      Hope you enjoy Avengers. Have a feeling you will. 🙂

  5. Saw it over the weekend. You’re right, it kicked some ass and took names. Loved it and can’t wait for the sequel.

  6. Definitely see the film. One reviewer called it the best super-hero movie ever, and it really is. Whedon has done a fabulous job both with the screenplay and direction. And Beth’s right: it’s all about the characters. Another great moment. Captain America is snapping out directions to the other Avengers. When he’s done, he turns to the Hulk and gives him the shortest instruction of all: “Hulk. Smash.” Priceless.

  7. I have yet to hear anybody say s/he DIDN’T like this movie. Unlike some of the other action movies where it seems so much was spent on special effects there wasn’t anything left over for the script. Nice review, Beth.

  8. Love Joss Whedon. You just knew that he’d get it right. Must go see this movie.

  9. Ack! I really want to read this post, but I don’t want any spoilers! Life has been chaotic this last week, so we’re not going to get a chance to see Avengers until Tuesday…. I hope it’s as good as i want it to be! I love Joss Whedon’s writing, so I’m excited!

  10. Hi Beth!

    Fellow LARA mbr here! I LOVED Avengers and couldn’t agree more with you regarding the genius of Joss, the sexiness of Thor and the abomination that was Captain America. Also, loved the lines you pulled out of the movie and OMG, the kiss between Spock and Uhura in Star Trek was beyond memorable. Your definately my sister from another mister. Can’t wait to read some of your stuff 🙂

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