Marvel Origins - Avengers: Part 2
So this edit isn't exactly done chronologically but more told at the same time.
Thanks to Rogue-theX for making the sweet title card
L8, G1, Neg and everyone else who helped put input into this edit.
- NTSC DVD-9
- Blu-Ray (BD-25)
While some of my observations I made in my previous review are still present, overall part 2 was even better than part 1. I will say this though, the Captain America parts definitely felt tacked (as they did in the first part). I can see why this is because the narrative between the other movies fits together better (and can be parallelized so to speak - i.e. the hero's journey) more so than Captain America. In your edit Captain America (as well as black widow, and our little cameo from Hawekeye) is already an established hero while the rest of the avengers (besides the aforementioned) spend the movie coming into their own. So while it would have been nice to see Cap's transition from zero to hero, he honestly doesn't earn it in the same way as our other heroes do, which again is why I'm generally ok with the scenes being tacked on. In particular I think the scene where they find Captain America in the ice ought to be moved from part 1 into part 2 as it would make the transition between cap being in ice and cap being in new york a lot smoother.
I'm pretty happy with most of the editing choices you've made here, and honestly your edit made the climax to Iron Man 2 better (but honestly it just sucked in the first place). I'm still really digging the convergence of the plot-lines to show their similarity and by combining the climaxes of these movies you've managed to create an even more epic narrative.
I'll echo what I read in a another review about Captain America, in that when you actually go back to watch the Captain America movie, you realize how little screentime he has, which I think gets reflected in this edit as well.
Some of the transitions stood out more to me this time but they were still mostly flawless (maybe I noticed them more because I was wearing headphones?). In particular I was surprised that the scores fit together as well as they did (I'm thinking particularly the Hulk and Thor scores).
Besides the cutting of Cap's back story (and most of The First Avenger, I would assume due to the fact your edit is supposed to be taking place simultaneously and 70 years in the past isn't exactly in the same timeline) the only other minor thing I noticed was that we never get to see how Heimdal escapes the ice and brings Thor back to Asgard. I'm not entirely sure how much time this took up in the original, but honestly if I hadn't seen the movie and didn't know how the bifrost worked I wouldn't have cared (that and I just love Idris Elba to pieces, despite how underused he is throughout the Thor movies). On that note, I'm particularly happy you left Michael K. William's cameo in The Incredible Hulk intact (even if it is him just looking surprised).
So now of course I'm super pumped for part 3, and your little teasers at the end definitely helped feed that excitement. Although I haven't seen part 3 yet (and I really hope you make another fanedit once phase 2 is done sometime next year) I'm not sure I would recommend seeing this without having seen the original films first (although you can probably skip Hulk unless you check out the Out of Control Cut by QuickCut). I felt Iron Man 2 was summed up enough (except we don't learn why Tony's house is destroyed, but eh whatever) where you could probably skip that too if you haven't seen it. Thor felt well covered too, so I guess honestly I would say that the only one that you should see in its entirety before this is probably Captain America.
Regardless, after having seen this I would never rewatch phase 1 any other way. Maybe that opinion will change after part 3, but based on the immense quality and care that has been put into the first two parts of this edit I'm fairly certain that part 3 will definitely not disappoint.
P.S. Unrelated to your edit, Marvel just gets the most gorgeous people to start in their movies! Liv Tyler, Gweneth Paltrow (though she's never looked better than as Pepper Potts), ScarJo of course, Natalie Portman is pretty and can act and goddamn Haley (boobs) Atwell just takes my breath away. I don't think Kat (hidden boobs) Dennings gets her due at all but then again her character isn't really supposed to be the sexy lead character (although I think she looks great in glasses).
I felt the same about this version as I did Part 1...
This is a copy of that review....
Let me start out by saying I enjoyed all of the films used in this FanEdit in their original form,
to some expense anyways...
Now on with the review....
I try to keep it short, since most reviewers have already said it.
To incorporation of these films together must of taken a while to plan out and then execute, but while the movies flow together quite nicely and for the most part the video editing is top notch, I did have a few gripes based on the audio.
I did watch this in surround and noticed the audio between the films was different, so every time it
cut from film to film, the audio levels where completely off and sometimes it was needed to be turned up and other times turned down. It would have been nice if they where all leveled to the same “db” . Also some of the audio cuts where hard and sometimes the music just seemed to stop when transitioning to another film.
With that being said, these where enjoyable to watch and this edit alone will tell you most of the vital parts of each Hero's stories in one 2hr feature. While I may not agree with the placement of every cut, or how it was cut, (that's just a personal opinion) I will say if your wanting to see each of these Hero's films, but don't want to watch 6+ hours of them, then this is the edit for you.
I'm not expert on edits, so I'll say I enjoyed this a lot, just as I did Part 1. Great job!
OK, first review here.
I've waited a bit to get this one, it was difficult to acquire.
It was worth it! I'm a huge fan of the phase 1 Avengers movies. This was part two of the "greatest hits" collection, so to speak. It is a great way to bring someone who is new to the series up to date quickly without sacrificing story. All of the important elements were there, I really didn't think that I was missing anything at all. The vibe I got from this was almost that of an old serial, but that's just my take. Like Neglify said earlier, the Captain America sequence was outstanding. I respectfully disagree with the ending dragging on, however. The ending was long, but it needed to be to bring in all the elements and set up The Avengers. I especially appreciated the Easter egg in the bar scene.
Technically, the edit is superb. The cuts are done very well, and if there are rough patches in the audio transitions, that might come more from cutting 4 movies that are completely different in tone into one.
I thoroughly enjoyed this edit, and I'm looking forward to part 3. (And I'm intrigued to see what that will bring!)