The Avengers opens nationwide in the United States tomorrow, May 4th, and geeks and comic book fans around the country will be lining up at movie theaters for midnight showings tonight to see the highly anticipated superhero film as soon as it debuts.
Non-geeks and those who are not fans of superhero or comic book movies may not be particularly interested or excited about seeing The Avengers on the big screen, but you may find yourself in a position where you’re attempting to persuade someone who just doesn’t understand how awesome this movie will be to go with you.
For those geeks and fans who are in a relationship with someone who doesn’t care about the movie, or even if you’re just trying to get some of your non-geek friends to come along, we have some advice that we think might help.
It might be because you don’t want to go to see the film alone, or maybe you just want to share the glorious coolness that you know will be exploding across the screen with them, or perhaps you just know they’ll love it if they just give it a shot. No matter what your reasoning and motivation might be, we here at Buzz Patrol have the following tips to offer about how best to convince your non-geek friends (or loved ones) to come with you to see The Avengers.
Emphasize the eye-candy
The Avengers has no shortage of hotties on screen, whether you’re looking at the men or the ladies. With sexy leading men such as Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark (Iron Man), Chris Evans as Steve Rogers (Captain America), and Chris Hemsworth as Thor; and beautiful and sexy leading ladies such as Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow), Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, you will not lack onscreen eye-candy to drool over.
Even Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), and villain Tom Hiddleston (Loki) are all still rather easy on the eye, though they might be overshadowed by the trio of mighty male hunks mentioned above. And, let’s face it, more women than man are going to need persuading to see this film, so emphasizing the hot men from the get-go might be worth at least mentioning.
It actually has a good story
The Avengers was directed by geek guru and master storyteller Joss Whedon, who was also one of the primary writers for the film. If you don’t recognize the name, shame on you! Joss Whedon is the genius responsible for the cult tv series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse.
No one does group ensembles better on screen than Whedon does. He is especially gifted at creating smart, witty dialogue, relatable and likeable characters that hold their own individually within the group, clever banter, and is able to interweave the action and plot with subtle, non-forced humor.
Additionally Whedon is known to tell a damn good story. And we mean a damn good story. Whether you’re a fan or not, you can probably bet that if Whedon had a hand in writing it, it’s going to at least have an interesting plot.
Action, Action, Action
For the guys that like big action films, but maybe aren’t so hot on comics or superheroes, or just feel they’re too cool or macho to want to be associated with fanboys, play down the comic book element and emphasize the big summer blockbuster action film angle. It may sound silly, but certain people (and you know the type) may shirk at the idea of seeing something that might make them seem like a geek.
Play up how badass and epic the movie is going to be, and mention (repeatedly) that Samuel Jackson is in it, playing Nick Fury. Because, you know, Samuel Jackson is the baddest ass mother****** on the planet.
Plus with so many big shots on screen – Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye – you know there’s going to be huge fight sequences and epic battles.
If all else fails, you can always resort to begging.
Although they may still be reluctant at first, if you truly show your friends or loved ones how much you want to share this with them, and desire their company, they’re going to have a hard time turning you down.
Perhaps you can strike a deal where you’ll go with them to the movie of their choice next time, or maybe you can just keep saying “Plllleeeeeeaaaaaasssssseeeeee?” until they give in. Either way, don’t worry about it too much, once they see the movie they’ll probably thank you for dragging them along.