If you like seeing your favorite comic book world come to life with fantastic visuals, action, danger, suspense and intrigue, “The Avengers” has the goods. With a tight script, awesome visual effects, slick camera work and intricate production design, it’s a fun, fast-paced ride from start to finish. As a dad who may want to watch this movie with his kids, it’s good to know that “The Avengers” delivers something even better: more superhero role models than you’re likely to find in many other movies.
One of the things we love most about Marvel’s superheroes is their fallibility. They were created with complex pasts, inner struggles, conflicts (sometimes petty) with other characters, and psychological and physical handicaps. In other words, they’re human. They’re characters we dads can relate to. They don’t just wake up in the morning and perform miracles and good deeds: they struggle, they overcome, they rise above.
In the movie, the Avengers are at first slow to come together to battle Loki and protect Earth. Eventually, they realize that if they put their differences aside and work together as a team, then they might — just might — gain an edge over evil. And if they can’t? Well, then they’re doomed.
That’s a good lesson not only for our kids, but also for us. If we human, completely fallible, less-than-perfect dads are ever going to have superhero moments, we can’t do so without determination, great effort and the ability to put aside our egos and pride every now and then.