Just because "The Avengers" is the highest-grossing film of the year (and one of the highest of all time) doesn't mean it's without its flaws. In fact, it's actually riddled with them.
According to MovieMistakes.com, "The Avengers" has more in-film mistakes than any other movie that was released this year. ("Prometheus" fans, rejoice!) The site counts 15 mistakes in total, including ones that are as glaring as Namco Bandai being misspelled as "Nameco Bandai" in the end credits and a shot where Scarlett Johansson can be heard talking to Mark Ruffalo but her face in a mirror's reflection isn't moving.
Most of the issues raised are nitpicky, like the fact the German police cars in the movie use the wrong lights and the Königsstraße in Stuttgart is located in the city's main shopping area, not its cultural center. A lot of the errors are continuity issues, particularly in the film's many, many fight scenes. Iron Man, Thor and Captain America can be seen injured in one scene, and are fine in the next. A cab can be seen in one shot but disappears in the next. The list goes on.
Even though these issues seem small on paper, all it takes is an audience member noticing one of them for him or her to be yanked out of the immersion of a movie. I still can't take Elijah Wood's emotional goodbye with Sean Astin at the end of "The Fellowship of the Rings" seriously because every time the camera returns to Wood's face, his tears are in a different place. No film is perfect and errors can always be found, but it is a little ironic that the biggest superhero movie ever also has so many glaring errors.
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