How The Avengers Ticked Off My Kids

I’m a bit of a comic book geek. Okay, fine, a big one. Yes, I had a Captain America ice sculpture at my wedding and I’m not afraid to admit it.

So as you can guess, I’ve been anticipating The Avengers movie for awhile now. It’s all I’ve been talking about at home and after seeing a few of the recent movie trailers, both my kids started saying they want to see it. Now my little guy actually watched the recent Captain America movie with me on DVD a few months ago. I was afraid the violence might be too much for him but he was fine with it.

Actually, after seeing Star Wars: Episode III with the gruesome “Here’s how Anakin Skywalker loses his limbs and need a Darth Vader suit to live” scene, I’m pretty sure my kids can stomach almost anything. Ryan was definitely no surprise. But Jason’s never been a fan of the superhero movies. He likes reading the comics and books, but for some reason the movies either scared him or who knows what. So I was real surprised after watching an Avengers trailer with him and asking if he wants to see it, that he responded with, “Kind of.” A few questions more and he was suddenly pumped to see it.

Now I was in a dilemma and needed to channel my inner Captain Americato make the right call. Are my kids (7 and 9) too young to see The Avengers movie? My wife and I got the babysitters lined up and I bought tickets for the 9:10 p.m. showing last Saturday. Once I told the boys that it was just “me and mommy” going, they were none too pleased to say the least.

I quickly spun it that we needed to see it first and see if it’s too violent for them or not. And after viewing it (side note: it was awesome!), we decided that there really were only one or two scenes that may be a little much for them. So I’m seeing the Avengers again, next week. This time with my boys. I plan to take them early, because if I know Ryan, he’ll be asking about 500 questions, and that’s before the initial credits start to roll.

Anyone bring their kids to see it? What’d they think?


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dave on May 7, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I’m in the same boat! I’m going on Friday with my 9-year-old son – and he’s definitely not good with violence. We’re going to watch Captain America this week and as preview of the movie … we’ll see how it goes.


    • Hey, Dave! Well the difference is that I’ve already seen Avengers so I know what to expect and know when to cover his eyes. (There’s one scene fairly early on with Loki in Germany at a speech…) Most of the violence is pretty standard fare, what you’ve seen in the trailers. Hope you guys have a blast!


      • Posted by Jim on May 8, 2012 at 1:20 am

        You’re not going to believe this, but I saw it this weekend too! I’m not as obsessed as some (read: you two), but I thought it was really good. Good action, but still not a stretch for that age group. In a couple of weeks, I need you guys to go see this one and let me know what you think (

  2. My 14 year old wants to see it. I left the free movie tickets with him and his dad when I was away this weekend but they never got around to see it. Maybe I will let his brother and him walk over to the movie theater across the street this weekend and see it themselves. I’m more interested in seeing Chimpanzee LOL. I would love to know what your boys think of it. I LOVED the X-Men series but I think I would prefer to see this one when it comes out on DVD. I’m still trying to get to the Hunger Games LOL.

    Also LOVE that you started a personal blog!


    • Hey Colleen! Thanks for the comment! I loved the X-Men series too (well, except for the 3rd one and that lame Wolverine solo movie), but Avengers is just done soooo well. It’s fantastic, exciting, full of tons of great fights, and there are actually a lot of funny parts in it. If you liked X-Men, you should dig Avengers.

      I’m real curious what my boys will think too. I know a few specific parts they’re going to love, just hope they don’t get too bored at the beginning (during the setup) or scared at any parts.


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