It’s not just an average word from the English dictionary anymore. It is an emotion, that travelled from the pages of a comic book, to the wide theatre screen. It swept across generations of youths, starting from the early 60’s, to this day, dazzling them with its victorious characters. Just entertainment, has not been Marvel’s prime forte. They have actively inspired millions, to push beyond their limits. Avengers is not just a series of motion pictures, with an incredible plot. It is one of the living legends of Cinema!
I am not writing this to critically analyze the aspects of cinema making, that have been resorted to, to bring this series to life. Rather, I want to explore the much subtler aspects of strength, bravery and limitless potential of a human mind, which has been portrayed through the various protagonists of the whole series. We have seen much involvement from the Marvel fans in each of their releases. No matter the size and depiction of the character, every movie was a roaring hit. How does one achieve that? All of them are fictional stories, that we can’t particularly relate to on a daily life situation. We don’t have demons descending to our planet, from various realms, every Sunday! But still, we see a deep connection of ourselves with the characters, and their respective horrors / villains.
There is a reason I label them as ‘horrors’. Let’s look at it this way. Consider the protagonist to be the better side of us, and the ‘horrors’, the extremely unwanted dark side, that we unwillingly possess. It’s not that we wish to host that part of us, but owing to the dual nature of this universe, we can’t help but own it in ourselves. It’s a much evil battle, between our ‘Hero’ self and the ‘outlaw’! There is sacrifice, austerity, focus, power and a huge amount of energy involved to downsize our dreaded ‘villain’. It is not an easy task, I must tell you. And if we notice, each of these aspects is permeating the veins of the depicted DC characters.
It is our natural urge, to wish for the good to prevail over the bad, to have light fill our dark corners in life. And these aspirations in us, are vividly glorified in each of the stories. It is, in fact, a reflection of ourselves that we see on screen, winning over the dark forces that inevitably invade our minds, and infect our otherwise godly auras. We briefly connect with the ‘super human saint’ that resides in us, while we watch each of our beloved superheroes, rip the dark forces apart! And of course, the brilliant story weaving capabilities, the insane cinematography, and all that mad VFX and crazy editing skills, transfix our mind and gaze to the screens!
It sure is a thrilling experience to watch an Avenger movie. The rush and energy it builds amongst us, is incomparable. A kid is driven to chase his goal with utmost passion and courage! And a grown up learns to always spot the light at the end of a dark tunnel. There is always a take away for all.
Thanks to a brilliant team of developers for presenting us with this amazing piece of art. A much respectful bow to all of you for having put in so much effort, into the making of this epic tale!