"Captain America: The First Avenger" joins "Thor" on the Netflix instant viewing list. If you care, "Iron Man 2" is available as well, though why anybody would want any more Tony Snark is a question I cannot answer.
"The Avengers" looks poised to beat out the final installment in the Batman trilogy of Christopher Nolan as the biggest box office hit of the year. Why? Can't be the quality, so let's blame the lack of 3D and certain other external factors beyond the control of Christopher Nolan. If you never got around to finding out why "Thor" especially and "Captain America: The First Avenger" to a lesser extent are infinitely superior entertainment to "The Avengers" then Netflix is going to give you a shot.
When "Thor" hit Netflix instant viewing option, the queuing of Loki's story as a complex villain instead of Joss Whedon's extraterrestrial Nazi went crazy. Within the first 48 hours of the appearance of "Thor" becoming available for instant viewing on Netflix, millions had already put it into their queue. As I write this, "Captain America: The First Avenger" is the hottest title being queued according to Instantwatcher.com. Worth noticing is the fact that the movie is not nearly heating up the Netflix queues in the way that "Thor" did.
There is a reason for this. Perhaps. The fact that "Thor" is the second best comic book movie of all time and the only Marvel movie to feature a villain of the level of the Joker or Bane has to play a part. Too bad that Joss Whedon did not realize the full potential of Loki. After all, this is the guy who gave us Spike the vampire. You would think that Whedon could sense the potential of anti-hero that Loki achieved in "Thor."
Ah well. Compared to the silliness that is "The Avengers" the amazing sincerity of "Captain America: The First Avenger" in a world dominated by Tony Stark's irony and total fear of sincerity is something to be truly admired. It's no "Thor" but that is no reason you should join the millions who have leapt upon the appearance of "Captain America: The First Avenger" on the instant viewing list on Netflix.
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