As Charlie Brooker's acerbic column, written after seeing Avengers, notes:
Despite being almost completely incoherent, it's enjoyable bibble, and as good as superhero films are ever likely to get, which is excellent news because it means they can stop making them now. Seriously, they needn't bother releasing Batman Bum Attack or whatever the next one's called, because it won't be as good as Marvel Avengers Assemble 3D. Finally we can move on, as a species.Charlie even joins me in blaming spectacle done in the computer as part of the reason:
Finally – and this is an odd accusation to level at a superhero film – it didn't feel very real. I reckon only about 8% of what was on screen was actually there. The rest was imagined by computers. And please, leery tragi-men, don't dribble on about "Scarlett Johansson's arse in 3D" being "worth the price of admission". The film was shot in 2D and converted to 3D using software, which means you're actually drooling over a 2D image of Scarlett Johansson's arse wrapped around a wireframe model of an arse that isn't there.
So, I won't be off to see it.
But, I will be off to see Men in Black 3 next weekend (OK, I know it is originally based on a comic too, but the leads are not superheroes.) Early reviews are not too bad: most seem to think it better than 2, which really was not that bad when I watched it again on DVD recently.
I would also hope that Prometheus is good. The David the Android promo clip is pretty creepily brilliant.
No Spielberg this summer, but you can't have everything.