The Avengers (or Marvel Avengers Assemble) (video review)

The man behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer and comics giant Marvel team up to create one of the most enjoyable blockbusters of recent years.

Blu-Ray extras

The Blu-Ray release of Marvel Avengers Assemble in the UK is a disappointingly “vanilla” affair. While the film still stands up, despite an odd edit involving a spear, the extras amount to nothing more than a gag reel, some interesting but generally inconsequential deleted scenes, a rather perfunctory featurette and a new ‘Marvel One-shot’.

The One-shot continues the story of the movie in a roundabout kind of a way with a couple finding one of the Chitauri weapons and is, as all these little short films have been, an interesting and well made little episode. How relevant it will be to the ongoing continuity of course remains to be seen.

The deleted scenes give us a few extra little touches and the most interesting bits go to Cobie Smulders who obviously was set to have a slightly larger role originally, but its clear why these were cut, though it hints that she could become a fuller character as the Marvel universe continues to expand on film.

This disappointing set of ‘bonus features’ is a real let down as a film like The Avengers really does lend itself to a load of featurettes and commentaries for geeks like me to delve into, though I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a special edition release somewhere down the line as a Joss Whedon commentary certainly exists.

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16 thoughts on “The Avengers (or Marvel Avengers Assemble) (video review)

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  7. […] with good stand alone stories all with enough moments to link together into the superhero mash-up The Avengers (which admittedly hasn’t stood up well to repeat viewings), Iron Man 3 even started their post […]

  8. […] haven’t lived up to scrutiny in the cold light of day, once the whiz-bang has all died down (see Avengers and to a lesser extent Man of Steel and Iron Man 3). Recently I have also become somewhat […]

  9. […] it clear that a sense of trepidation still remains lurking in the back of my mind due to the effect The Avengers had on me upon re-watching it… basically, I loved it in the cinema, as my review testified, but […]

  10. […] disappointment that is Thor: The Dark World and the massive sense of let down I felt on re-watching The Avengers it was going to take some work to get me back onside with Marvel Studios […]

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  12. […] makes this work better than in the first Avengers movie is that it seems a lot less frivolous and is more about people trying to find levity in the […]

  13. Adriene says:

    great post Im a huge Marvel fan from France

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  16. […] films which laid the groundwork, not only for their own ongoing and expanded franchise, but the Avengers series, and most other films in that genre as […]

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