Kevin Smith explains why Avengers is better than Dark Knight Rises

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

In case you didn't know, acclaimed director Kevin Smith is a geek. A big one. He hosts a reality show about a comic book shop and has made some of the most beloved films of Generation X. He also has some very strong opinions on the two biggest superhero flicks of the year.

In an interview with The Playlist, Smith (Clerks, Dogma) explained how he'd expected to like The Dark Knight Rises a lot more than The Avengers. But then Joss Whedon and Robert Downey Jr. got their hooks into him. Now? He's seen The Avengers more than half a dozen times.

Here's how he sees it:

"The Dark Knight Rises' I have a weird relationship with - it's like a chemical romance with a toxic ex-girlfriend where I love her to death but there are some things about her that are just fucking wrong. The Avengers I loved so more than I thought I would. I've written forMarvel but I was never an Avengers guy. I'm more DC. But I've become obsessed with Favreau's Iron Man movie because I think it's very nearly a perfect film. So when I saw Favreau wasn't doing it I thought, Well what do I care? The first time I saw it was in Australia and it opened a week before it opened here and we were traveling for the Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under tour and we had just done a show and we went to a midnight show. And the first time I saw it I could not get past the Loki poke-y stick in the beginning. Because Loki sticks something in somebody's chest and it's like 'WAAMP, you're a bad guy.' What the fuck? Is this the level of discourse we're going to have? But you can't deny that flick." 

"By the middle of it I was like, 'The Hulk is amazing.' The next time I watched it I was totally into it. You can't watch that movie and be like 'I object to the Loki poke-y stick' when there's a motherfucker who turns into a green giant. In my mind Marvel science is okay because we were raised on it. As someone who looks for realism in comics, you can say, 'Well, you could get belted by gamma rays and turn into someone else.' But you can't say, 'A stick from outer space that makes you a bad guy is bullshit!' So I got past that and embraced the whole thing. I've now watched 'Avengers' about eight times, twice on a plane back-to-back. It just keeps giving. That's 10,000 across the board! Whedon in the driver's seat, 70-80 years of Marvel, and the charm fucking factor of Robert Downey Jr. It runs like a golden machine."

What do you think? Which blockbuster did you prefer?

(Via The Playlist)