Will You Dress As An Avenger This Halloween?
Chances are, you or your child is going to dress up as an Avenger this Halloween season. It could be for trick or treating, a party or even a comic convention. You might as well learn a few things about The Avengers mythos - you know, just in case you are quizzed about it by some cute fan girls or fan boys!
So let’s review the most important “must know” facts about your favorite superhero team…as well as a few “bet you didn’t know” secrets.
All costumes and more in-depth character bios can be found at Avengerscostume.net
Iron Man Avengers Costume
Iron Man, Tony Stark
Iron Man is the opposite of most brooding and heroic superheroes you've met before. He’s cocky, flamboyant and has a weakness for pretty ladies. He wears a multi-million dollar costume that is at the cutting edge of technology, and loves to upgrade the suit, which explains all the references to Mark V, VI and VII.
It was only natural that Marvel executives would pick Robert Downey Jr. for the role as the talented but troubled actor - he certainly embodies the spirit of Tony Stark!
Interestingly, Downey Jr. first approached The Avengers thinking he was the lead actor and the central point of the movie ... only to learn that an Iron Man Avengers movie was not the point. (What a good sport Joss Whedon was to humor him for a while, until Bob realized it wasn’t that type of movie) It was a true “crossover” with no clear leads!
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Captain America Costume
Captain America, Steve Rogers
Actor Chris Evans may be the least known actor of the bunch, but he certainly made an impact early on by turning in a great performance as the title character in Captain America. He may not be flashy but he is a superhero—he was a WWII veteran who was artificially improved in abilities because of a new serum.
Evans reached into the character’s soul and found something truly deep and dark. This Captain America is a man, who by all reasoning, should have died out with his WWII generation. But he was frozen and reawakened in the modern age. He feels just as alienated as he looks and acts antiquated. Maybe he is The Avengers’ best performer because it’s literally all he has.
The Incredible Hulk
The Hulk, Bruce Banner
Everyone knows who the Hulk is, and everyone wants a piece of him. Since 2000, he's been played by Eric Bana, Edward Norton to the latest thespian to don the cutoff jeans, Mark Ruffalo.
The Hulk is an age-old character in the comics as well as on TV, and his origin is always the same in any universe. He was a gifted scientist who transformed into a grotesque, green monster after being exposed to gamma radiation. Though Norton was always envisioned as the modern Bruce Banner, after negotiations fell through, his friend Ruffalo stepped up to the plate and roared.
Ruffalo speaks highly of the character, comparing Hulk to Hamlet, in that he is a divided soul, and one that no one (even the Avengers themselves) can trust. Just witness the Hulk’s attack on Black Widow in The Avengers film! What really makes this Hulk special is that the CGI creature is actually animated from Ruffalo’s physical features—making him a very realistic Hulk.
Thor, Crown Prince of Asgard
Thor is not even human - he is the son of Odin and the prince and heir of Asgard. Asgard is another planet full of Gods in the Marvel Universe, but it is loosely based on Norse mythology.
Thor is an interesting character as he is both jovial and rowdy as a warrior is expected to be, and yet confused by human behavior. In the movie Thor, it took him a long time to realize, upon banishment to earth (a punishment from Odin for his rash, violent behavior) that he had in fact lost his natural god powers.
Though he did get his powers back by the end of the film, and relied on them throughout The Avengers, there is still a very mortal side to Thor, as he is torn between love for his little brother Loki, and a sense of justice. (He's sort of bummed that Loki is a psycho and tries to enslave this beloved Midgard - that is, Earth.)
Loki, Sly Evil Genius
Loki may be wrathful and conniving but what makes him truly interesting as a character is his depth of human quality. He has a rivalry with Thor, feelings of low self-esteem and jealousy, and some unfinished business with his adoptive father. Some have even compared Loki to Hitler in that he is a deluded mad-god that actually believes he is doing good for the universe.
Supposedly, Loki comes to earth to subjugate it and take over the human race. That’s what we believe and that’s what The Avengers believe, as they will eventually foil his plans.
However, what you might not observe the first time you watch the film is the fact that Loki is scheming. In fact, it doesn’t make much sense why Loki cares so much about the earth, considering everything else we learn in The Avengers, and Thor. In fact, he is smiling after being defeated. Has he really?
Pay close attention to the film’s art and set decorations and ask yourself "what could be better than earth domination?" The answer will come after the end of film (stay after the credits), which sets it up for an exciting sequel.
Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff
Natasha Romanoff is a long-standing Marvel archetype, dating back to 1964. She was originally a Soviet spy and a villainess and general thorn in Iron Man’s side. However, she eventually became a US citizen and then later joined SHIELD.
Just witness her amazing talents and cold-blooded personality in action as she easily clobbers Georgi Luchkov’s gang after a very brief “interrogation” scene that left Romanoff under-dressed, and Luchkov in company beaten senseless!
Hawkeye, Clint Barton
Hawkeye may the least colorful member of The Avengers, but he is one of Marvel’s most beloved “straight-shooter” heroes. Clint Barton, his real name, went from orphan to advanced archer thanks to his association with the “Carson Carnival of Travelling Wonders.”
If you have read the comic, you may also know that Hawkeye and Black Widow are much more than comrades—a plot that the movie hints at, possibly setting up a confrontation in The Avengers’ sequels.
What do Black Widow, Hawkeye, Phil Coulson and Maria Hill have in common? All four of these characters are united in that they are agents of SHIELD, the military organization that oversees superhuman threats. SHIELD and public director Nick Fury in particular, have appeared in all of the pre-Avengers films and have their own line of comics. In the movie, they reach out to the likes of Iron Man and Captain America so that they can counter the threat posed by Loki and the Chitauri.
For costumes, only Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury have costumes available for Halloween. For Nick Fury, all you need is a black leather trenchcoat, an eye-patch and Samuel Jackson's grimace to pull off the look at your Halloween party!
Links to Other Avengers Sites
- Avengers Costume - Superhero Halloween Costumes
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- Marvel's Official Avengers site
Marvel Universe Wiki: The definitive online source for Marvel super hero bios.
- Marvel's The Avengers Movie Collectibles
A look at some of the less costly ways to begin or continue a collection for Marvel's The Avengers movie.
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