Sam Raimi Praises The First Avengers Movie In Unique Way – Screen Rant

Sam Raimi Praises The First Avengers Movie In Unique Way – Screen Rant

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness director Sam Raimi shares his praise for the first Avengers movie and depicting the characters.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness director Sam Raimi shares his praise for the first Avengers movie and depicting the characters. The 2012 movie served as a culmination of Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe by bringing together the superheroes Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Thor to protect the world from the latter’s evil adopted brother Loki from attempting to conquer the Earth. The group are brought together by S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury under the Avengers Initiative.
The ensemble cast for The Avengers included Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. Written and directed by Joss Whedon on a previous draft from Zak Penn, the film was a mammoth success upon its release, grossing over $1.5 billion, becoming the third-highest-grossing film at the time and receiving rave reviews for Whedon’s direction, its grandiose action sequences, the performances of its cast and musical score. The Avengers helped direct the future of the MCU in a number of major directions as well as inspired one filmmaker to be interested in returning to the genre.
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In anticipation of his return to the world of Marvel, Sam Raimi caught up with AMC Theaters to discuss Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. When reflecting on his break from the comic book genre, Raimi recalls watching the early MCU movies and finding his love reignited for superheroes, namely the first Avengers movie. See what Raimi shared below:
“I haven’t seen all the movies, all the Marvel movies because after making three of the Spider-Man movies, I had a little superhero overdose and I had to get away from them for a bit; but I saw Iron Man. I was blown away with the characters and the great direction. And then I saw the first Avengers movie and I thought they really are finally bringing Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s great visions to the screen.”
While the filmmaker behind it may no longer be as well remembered, the first Avengers movie really did become a cultural phenomenon upon its release in 2012. Not only did the film initially land on the highest-grossing films of all-time, but it became the first Marvel production to clear the $1 billion mark. This would memorably become a trend within the MCU in the years since The Avengers‘ release, with Iron Man 3 immediately grossing over $1.2 billion the following year and Avengers: Endgame initially setting the record for the highest-grossing film of all-time with over $2.798 billion, only to be surpassed by previous holder Avatar when it was re-released in China amidst the pandemic.
Raimi’s praise of the first Avengers movie largely lines up with how many critics and audiences feel about the Phase One MCU closer. Fans of Raimi may now have a further appreciation for the superhero team-up for its ability to reignite the filmmaker’s passion for the comic book genre, for which he would ultimately return in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Audiences can revisit the first Avengers movie streaming on Disney+ now and catch Raimi’s MCU arrival on May 6.
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Source: AMC Theaters
Grant Hermanns is a News Writer, Interviewer and Hiring Manager for Screen Rant, having joined the team in early 2021. Way back in 2015 while still in his college days, Grant got his start in the entertainment journalism industry with creator-friendly site Moviepilot until it shuttered nearly three years later. From there he joined the staff at ComingSoon.net and was its Associate Editor prior to coming over to Screen Rant. To say he’s a lover of film and television would be an understatement and when he’s not mass consuming either you can find him exploring the world of Dungeons & Dragons with friends or slowly making his way through his gaming backlog.

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