I must admit, I am a comic book nerd. I love Science Fiction and Horror, but I have a special place in my heart for superheroes and the stories they weave. For years, I grew up watching the cheesy antics of past Batman movies, but in the recent years, the dark tale of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, Sony’s Spider-Man trilogy, and the recent adventure of Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern, (which, despite critics depictions, I loved, and thought was amazing story wise and visually). However, one of the most amazing things in recent years has been the slew of movies released by Marvel Studios. Beginning with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk back in 2008, Marvel began a four year journey to bring together a group of heroes, from Iron Man and Hulk to Captain America and Thor, that lead to this years most successful and amazing film of all time: Marvel’s The Avengers.

The Avengers tells the tale of a group of heroes, brought together when Loki, Thor’s brother and the god of Mischief, comes to Earth with unimaginable power, and threatens to unleash an army upon the world. The heroes, made up of a super soldier, a rage monster, a thunder god, two assassins, the leader of a counter-terrorism agency, and a CEO with a suit of armor, clash with their various personalities, but must find a way to come together in order to save the world.

Now, while this sounds like a basic superhero plot, the story telling is quite unique. Not only is this the first time this many superheroes have graced the screen together, but the unique visual styles, combined with the rich tapestry of actors makes this a must see movie. Led by director Joss Whedon, (Creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, Firefly, and Serenity), this is the first movie I’ve seen in ages where I love every single actor in the film. The action is heart-pounding, and the way Marvel has arranged for their films to intersect has helped me form an outline for my own work, helping me to see how to rightfully blend certain stories together. That is why my current inspiration is Marvel’s The Avengers.

P.S. If you go see the film, make sure to stay through all the credits for two bonus scenes! 

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Anthony Avina, (Born March 1990), is an author, a journalist, and a blogger. Born in Southern California, he has battled through injuries, disabilities, moves back and forth across the country, and more, yet still maintains a creative voice that he hopes to use not only to entertain but to inspire hope in even the darkest situations. He writes short stories and novels in several genres, and is also a seasoned journalist for the online magazine, On Request Magazine, as well as the popular site TheGamer. Having grown up reading the books of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, they inspired him to write new and exciting stories that delved into the minds of richly developed characters. He constantly tries to write stories that have never been told before, and to paint a picture in your mind while you are reading the book, as if you could see every scene of the book as if it were a movie you were watching. His stories will get your imaginations working, and will also show that in spite of the most despairing and horrific situations, hope is never out of reach. He am always writing, and so there will never be a shortage of new stories for your reading pleasure. http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

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