Twitter is abuzz right now with talk of The Avengers, thanks to the onslaught of early reactions posted by those who attended the comic book blockbuster's red carpet premiere. We've assembled (pun intended) several of those responses together, so as to provide you with a better idea of what the early consensus is for the Joss Whedon-supervised production.
To make it a full meal, we also have a new ET set visit clip featuring new behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the movie's central cast - including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Incredible Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), and more.
Here are just a handful of early Twitter responses to The Avengers, from some of the biggest movie blogger names around the Interwebz (via Comic Book Movie):
"Absolutely loved THE AVENGERS. Was smiling from beginning to end. If you're a Marvel fan you're going to lose your shit in the theater...Also, the two things that made #THEAVENGERS amazing: the Hulk and the humor. Joss Whedon gets a 10 out of 10 on both of those." Steve Weintraub
"THE AVENGERS. Finally, a Marvel film with a rousing finish. I'll deal with the first two acts in my review... And that third act is more than enough to make THE AVENGERS the best Marvel movie yet." Jeremy Smith
"The Avengers is pretty epic. There is probably more action in this film's climax than all the other Marvel movie [sic] combines!... I have a lot of nitpicks in the first half. But second half is pretty solid." Peter Sciretta
"That'll do, Joss, that'll do... Btw, avoid THE AVENGERS in 3D. Worthless. See it 2D... AVENGERS is good enough to make me forgive IRON MAN 2." Devin Faraci
"The Avengers - Epic. EPIC! Everyone fights everyone, but it does deliver. Marvel's movies get better every single one. Hulk! HULK!!... Some good shots, but overall the 3D is meh as usual." Alex Billington
"Not a false note. Innovative. BRUTAL. And goddamn funny. Hype = believe it. #Avengers... It's the bomb. I could not possibly say enough." Josh Dickey
Overall, it sounds like the highlights of The Avengers includes Whedon's trademark repartee, improved Hulk effects and a concluding act that breaks the anti-climax trend that has pervaded throughout previous Marvel Studio releases (with, arguably, the exception of The Incredible Hulk). The 3D aspect is apparently nothing to write home about, but that's to be expected - as the film features post-converted 3D and was (seemingly) not shot so as to take full advantage of the added dimension.
As for how reliable these early positive reactions are: for comparison's sake, you might recall that the preliminary consensus from many of these same movie blogger folk for recent titles like John Carter (ie. flawed, but entertaining) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (ie. a lackluster sequel) was actually right in line with the eventual mass critical response. If that holds true here, then The Avengers could indeed be Marvel's overall best production to date.
On that note - feel free to finish off your daily dose of Avengers goodness by watching the aforementioned ET clip (which includes cool set footage, PR-friendly cast interviews - you know the drill):
The Avengers will be unleashed in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on May 4th, 2012.
Source: CBM, ET