His new film, "Marvel's The Avengers" is living up to all of the hype -- and then some. The superhero film had the biggest domestic opening of all time. Joss Whedon of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" fame heads up a dynamic team as the writer and director of this comic book blockbuster. Walt Disney distributes the film which was produced by Marvel Comics.
This is not the first time that "The Avengers" story has made it to the screen. "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" is an animated series. The show follows a superhero team engaging in battle with superheroes. The heroes in this series include: Iron Man, Captain America, Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Black Panther, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel and the Wasp.
For the new big screen film, the superstar team of actors assembled include: Robert Downey, Jr. reprising his role as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. as the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. The cast is rounded out by Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans and Stellan Skarsgard. Unsurprisingly, Sam Jackson's Nick Fury is still a breakout character. Jackson played Fury in the "Iron Man" films of 2008 and 2010.
The talented Mr. Jackson has been stealing the show since we first noticed him playing a crackhead in Spike Lee's 1991 classic, "Jungle Fever." Still the highest grossing movie actor of all time, Jackson manages to give a unique performance in every film. So how does his Nick Fury compare to his other top characters?
We would be remiss if we didn't discuss Jackson's performance in the Bruce Willis superhero flick, "Unbreakable." In the M. Night Shyamalan thriller, Jackson plays the extremely fragile Elijah Price. Prince is on a search to discover the polar extreme to his physically weak character. In contrast, Fury is strong and physically active. Although the warrior has lost an eye and an arm, he's practically the "Unbreakable" one in the series.
Nicholas Fury is a warrior and a strategist. The same can be said for Sam Jackson's Jules Winnfield in "Pulp Fiction." Jules, however, is a Bible quoting assassin rather than a hero. Sam employed an urban street vernacular in the Quentin Tarantino film, not used in the Marvel Comics universe. His repeated use of the n-word, for example, was as disturbing as the hyper-violence. Sam's "Shaft" hero character was equally brazen but played on the side of the good guys.
"Marvel's The Avengers" is an instant classic. The film is well written, carefully crafted and smartly acted. For us it was made even richer with the inclusion of our man Sam.
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