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The Avengers: Day One

www.moviesmackdown.comThe Avengers will start raking in euros and shekels this coming week, as it rolls out in dozens of countries across the globe before it hits U.S. screens May 4. This is an affront to American culture so serious, we fear it could unleash the apocalyptic menace of Loki on Marvel Studios, which produced the film, and Walt Disney Pictures, which is distributing it.

Luckily, Movie Smackdown is on the case with a collection of SmackTalk Comix, The Avengers: Day One, designed to tide over American audiences, while helping Hollywood insiders avert the pain of Thor’s hammer.  We’ve crafted this story of the group’s origin using existing stills released to the public last October along with our own fevered imaginations.

The tale begins with that Crafty Guy with One Eye, Nick Fury, who needs Steve Rogers to wrap his head around the idea that he’s just taken a 70-yearish nap.


Fury figures the way to make Cap’s transition go a little smoother is to give him some S.H.I.E.L.D.-made, state-of-the-art new fighting armor.

Steve will have to ponder how much women have changed since the 1940s at a later date because, right now, he’s being thrown into a shotgun wedding with Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and some dude everybody says has anger issues after he got gamma rayed a while back.

Whether it’s college sorority pledges or the World’s Greatest Superhero Team, it’s always hard for the new people to fit in. Sometimes feelings are hurt through careless gestures.


In the end, all we know is that the only way forward is to talk honestly about your feelings with your fellow super-team members. We have learned this by watching X-Men and Fantastic Four movies.

With The Avengers distracted by their workplace crisis, the evil Loki plots his course of destruction.


Unaware of the danger on its way to Earth, the Avengers were free to consider the future and begin to coolly order their priorities:

The problem with protecting humanity from those who would exterminate or enslave us is that it is a messy business. There are times when, frankly, even a confident man would begin to question if it was even worth it.

As for the eventual Smackdown that the Avengers will have to win, we turn to another well-received super-hero group origin film, one from last summer: X-Men: First Class.

About Bryce Zabel 196 Articles
Drawing inspiration from career experiences as a CNN correspondent, TV Academy chairman, creator of five produced primetime network TV series, and fast-food frycook, Bryce is the Editor-in-Chief of "Movie Smackdown." While he freely admits to having written the screenplay for the reviewer-savaged "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation," he hopes the fact that he also won the Writers Guild award a couple of years ago will cause you to cut him some slack. That, plus the fact that he has a new StudioCanal produced feature film, “The Last Battle,” shooting this summer in Europe about the end of World War II. He's also a member of the Directors Guild, Screen Actors Guild, and a past enthusiast of the Merry Marvel Marching Society. His new what-if book series, “Breakpoint,” just won the prestigious Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and has so far tackled JFK not being assassinated and The Beatles staying together.
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4 Comments on The Avengers: Day One

  1. I couldn’t care less about this motion picture. For me, there is only one production titled THE AVENGERS worthy of my time and my libido — that being the 51 episodes with Diana Rigg starring as Emma Peel.

    • Naturally, Bob, we expect nothing less than this reaction!!

      But it looks like the film is going to be a tsunami of box office ticket sales.

      Jackie and I saw it last week. It’s stripped of the usual girlfriends and secret identities of single hero movies and is pretty much about people hitting each other, but it’s a ride we enjoyed taking!

      • Bryce:

        I concede that I’m obviously in the minority regarding my opinion. As you know, I like to imbibe virtually all types of alcoholic drinks (Pisco Sours being the only concoction that I no longer partake of due to some serious mind-altering experiences — the result of over-indulging.)

        As an analogy, just let me say that I find CGI-driven, Comic Book inspired flicks to be the equivalent of a Shirley Temple. No thanks…

  2. Personally, I’m looking forward to Avengers winning that Smackdown with X-Men First Class, Bryce. Early buzz is that Whedon’s knocked it out of the park… Can’t wait to read that one!

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