Screenwriter Breaks Down The Avengers Script - Scene by Scene

Before you read this post, be aware that this will probably be of interest to only the geekiest among you. I'm sure only the most hardcore fans are willing to read dozens of pages of movie analysis, but I figured I would post this anyway.

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I'm always on the lookout for people who have an intelligent take on superhero movies, and I saw a post on MetaFilter that mentioned Todd Alcott. Alcott is a professional screenwriter who uses his blog to publish detailed breakdowns of popular movies, and one of his recent subjects was The Avengers. He has written a 17 part analysis, in which he points out the strengths and weaknesses of the screenplay and gives his opinion on why The Avengers was so successful. What makes this analysis unique is that it's written from a screenwriter's point of view, so you get insights that you wouldn't get from an ordinary critique.

I'll be straight up with you, I just recently discovered Alcott's blog, and I'm still in the process of reading all 17 of his posts. Maybe once I'm finished I'll post a few thoughts about the entire analysis, but for right now I can tell you that it's given me a new way to look at The Avengers. Alcott also did a similar breakdown of X-Men: First Class, but I haven't started reading that yet.

One note on Alcott's analysis - he could do a little better job of making his work more accessible. What I mean is, you have to go to his archive and click on each individual post. To me, these breakdowns would make a perfect ebook and they would be so much easier to read if I could just download the entire thing with one click. That complaint aside, Alcott's work is still worth checking out.

Read Todd Alcott's analysis - "The Avengers part 1"

Read the other 16 installments

If you have the time to read Alcott's breakdown of The Avengers screenplay, let me know what you think about it in the comments.


  1. Thanks for the mention! And for the constructive criticism on the blog, which I'm trying to figure out. Also, I do intend to put the Avengers analysis together as an e-book for easier reading.

    1. Hey Todd, I was just about to leave a note on your blog about this post. I appreciate all the work you put into these script breakdowns. I hope you do the same analysis for the 2013 superhero movies.


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