Sneak peekers say Avengers is good, just not 'cinematic' enough

As we barrel toward the May 4 release date for Marvel's The Avengers, the culmination of nearly a half dozen films, some early tidbits are starting to slip out about the finished product.

Directed by Joss Whedon (Serenity), The Avengers is the "big one" that Marvel has pinned all their franchise power on. So what's the early buzz?

Well, according to Ain't It Cool News' Quint, the scuttlebutt is positive, but not without a few potential caveats.

"I've talked to some cynics in the group who weren't sure it was going to come together and they're all doing their mea culpas now," he said. "They say it has the heart, the action, the humor and the suspense a movie like The Avengers should have. The only criticisms I've heard is that Whedon's eye isn't as cinematic as it should be, but that the rest of the movie is so good that you accept it."

It's not surprising to hear the movie is looking solid—the vast majority of the standalone flicks leading up to it have been good, and Whedon is one talented director—but the "isn't as cinematic as it should be" part could go a few different ways.

With Whedon at the helm, I don't think anyone was expecting a Michael Bay-style epic insanity type of movie. Whedon's background is television—specifically, good television, with everything from Dollhouse to Buffy The Vampire Slayer on his resume—and it's not too surprising to hear the film has more heart than cine-magic. Luckily, at least according to this report, it has more than enough of the first to make up for the latter.

Sound off: How do you think Whedon's take on the great superhero team-up will work out?

(via Ain't It Cool News)

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