The Avengers Voted Most Overrated Movie Of 2012

By Sean O'Connell 2013-01-04 08:24:12discussion comments
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Success often breeds contempt. So it makes sense that Joss Whedonís The Avengers, the highest-grossing film from 2012 with more than $1.5 billion in the bank, would hear some backbiting and sniping as publications continue to put a cap on the year in film that was.

Today, readers of The L.A. Times have deemed Whedonís superhero-laden blockbuster the ďmost overratedĒ movie of 2012 through an online poll, and grabbed 85% of the votes cast to win the contest by a landslide. Sir Ridley Scottís Prometheus, his sort-of prequel to Alien, came in second place with a meager 5% of the votes.

Letís put it into perspective. Only 2,600 people responded to the Timesí poll, so this was hardly an avalanche of backlash against Marvel, Whedon and the massive conclusion to Phase One of the studioís cinematic plan. And Iím willing to bet that most of those who voted in the poll will turn out for Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World to at least see, from a curiosity standpoint, how Marvelís plans continue in Phase Two.

At the very least, Whedon and Marvel can cry into their bank accounts, then turn their attentions to The Avengers 2, which will be in theaters in 2015.

Itís worth noting that Richard Linklaterís winning dramedy Bernie, with Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine, was voted as the ďMost UnderappreciatedĒ movie of 2012, and thatís a vote we can get behind. It would have been great if Bernie could have earned 1/100th of The Avengersí box office. Hopefully polls like this can shine a little more light on a movie more people really need to see.
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