I know a lot about the Avengers. So did most of the hordes of movie goers that crowded the theaters this past weekend. But some of you out there don’t have years of comic book knowledge built up in your heads. Heck, some of you didn’t even do your homework these past years and watch the Hulk, Ironman, Thor and Captain America movies that lead up to this superhero extravaganza. So it’s understandable that you might have been totally lost while watching The Avengers. I can hear my geek brothers and sisters out there right now, expressing their screams at the thought of somebody not totally understanding the movie. But don’t pay attention to them. Geek Soul Brother is here to lay a little education on the un-geek nation.
Where did the Avengers come from anyway? – They started in comic books way back in the Sixties. Two guys that worked for a comic company called Marvel – Stan Lee and Jack Kirby – came up with the characters and put them together. The comics are still selling today in some form or another.
What was that cool ship that started flying? That was the S.H.I.E.L.D. HELICARRIER (Helicopter / Aircraft Carrier). It’s their central mobile command base.
Who was that Thor guy with the Hammer? Is he like Superman? Thor is a powerful guy that people considered a norse god back in the day. He comes from a place called ASGARD. He and his people are super powerful and kind of magical. But unlike Superman, Thor needs his hammer to fly. His hammer has a name too – Mjolnir.
What is that glowing thing in Tony Stark’s chest? It’s an Arc Reactor. Watch the first Ironman movie and it will tell how he got shrapnel from an explosion in his chest. The Arc Reactor keeps the metal shards from going into his heart. He also uses Arc Reactors to power his suit.
What was that blue cube thing? Why did long-horn guy want it? You probably heard Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) say that the cube is an energy source, but if handled wrong, it might blow up the planet. What you might not know is that the ‘Tesseract’ is much more powerful than that. Loki was trying to give it to a really powerful guy named Thanos (but you probably didn’t stay after the credits).
If Thor is so strong, why didn’t he kill Captain America when he hit the shield? Cap’s shield is made of a blend of two special metals. One is vibranium which absorbs vibrations. The other metal is called Adamantium, which is virtually unbreakable. That shock wave you saw when Thor hit Cap’s shield was the vibranium dispersing the force of Thor’s hammer.
If the Hulk is so strong, Why couldn’t he pick up Thor’s hammer? Thor’s hammer has an enchantment on it that keeps it on the ground if the wrong type of guy (or girl) tries to pick it up. Basically you have to be worthy to handle the power of the hammer.
What was that Loki guy’s power? Loki studied the magic arts of Asgard. He is pretty much a wizard and considered the trickster or devil in our mythology. Thor had to cover his mouth at the end so he couldn’t use his words to conjure any spells.
I was about to leave the theater, but then a guy with an Afro and goatee said to wait. Then I saw a purple guy at the end of the movie smiling. Who was that? That, you innocent child you, was THANOS. He’s almost more powerful than pretty much all of the Avengers combined. But don’t worry, you have 3 years to learn about him before the next movie comes out. Catch up to the previous films first.
If The Avengers was too much for you, then I don’t blame you for getting confused. But if you really want to know the story that lead up to the movie, check out the following movies that are available as DVD or streaming - IRONMAN, INCREDIBLE HULK, IRONMAN 2, THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA.
There you have it. Any more questions? Let me know.