This is my second blog devoted to The Avengers. But I realized something last night that should be addressed: How does a blockbuster movie like that get away with such glaring plot holes?
Let me first say that I liked the movie. A lot. It was a fun ride. I enjoyed watching the Hulk smash things especially. For some reason, that was particularly pleasing.
A month later, I saw The Dark Knight Rises. I liked that movie too. A lot. But suddenly, I realized that I was holding Batman up to a different standard than The Avengers. Why? What was different?
I mean, let's be straight up honest here. The plot holes in The Avengers are too many to list, and GLARING. To name a few:
- How on earth does the Hulk, who doesn't even know why the team bonded in the first place, gain control of himself? And think/speak coherently?
- Since when did all aliens turn into Droids and die when the "power source" is destroyed (and when were we going to be informed of this convenient fix to a seemingly fix-less debacle)?
- In the ridiculous scene where Thor fights Ironman, why didn't Loki run away?
More and more and more. All of these are beautifully documented in howitshouldhaveended.com, so go there to see the honest portrayal.
And yet... we liked it! Can you imagine if The Dark Knight Rises had those holes? Wouldn't we have lambasted Nolan for ending Batman in such a ridiculous fashion? We would have thrown our hands in the air and shouted and yelled and punched things if Nolan had taken such creative "liberties." Funny thing is, Nolan couldn't escape some seemingly slight holes in the final movie, and thankfully, nobody seems to be crucifying him for it. At least he didn't put these two characters in his movie.
So what gives, then? Is it really just a matter of expectations? Did I approach The Dark Knight Rises incorrectly, or did I approach The Avengers correctly? Or is there more to it? Am I being too harsh on The Avengers?
To be honest, I really don't know.