The Avengers Initiative

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I, like many of you, am super stoked about Marvel's upcoming film, The Avengers! I am doubly stoked because it is coming out on my birthday! Makes a great day even better! And if I wasn't working, I would totally partake in the movie marathon the theaters are offering!

I've been a fan of the Marvel Universe for as long as I can remember, and I've really enjoyed the films Marvel Studios has put out recently. However, there is a small problem - I still haven't seen all the "Marvel Cinematic Universe" they have created so far, which is what leads up to The Avengers! So I'm on a mission to correct that. In the next week or so, I'm going to watch. or re-watch, them all, and try and blog my thoughts on each film.

Some of you may wonder why I would analyze "mindless superhero films," but those of you who do obviously haven't spent enough time around here! If you've read my Film Discussion series on how to better analyze and discuss media you know that it's possible to go deeper with any film. I also had the privilege of taking an amazing class in Torrey that delved into the worlds of heroes and superheroes, looking at how it should shape us as people and how our culture interacts with them. Needless to say it only grew my already great love for comic books! (For more about this class, you can check out this podcast that a few of my classmates created chronicling our discussions.)

I hope that for those of you who have seen the films, these posts will offer some good thoughts and discussion as you refresh your memory on the films before The Avengers. For those of you who haven't, perhaps these may be able to serve you by giving you some idea of what is going on (but perhaps you should contemplate the marathon). Let it begin!

Ben Brandt

Ben is a front-end developer with a love for all things web. When he isn't coding for his 8-to-5, he's usually running, watching movies, or playing with new web frameworks and languages.

Portland, OR

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