When an unexpected enemy emerges and threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins!
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The Avengers definitely had the house riding on it. Marvel set up the film for success, releasing solo pictures of each character in the group with varying degrees of quality from pretty good (Iron Man) to terrible (Iron Man 2). Fortunately, the rest of those prequels were in the good to above average range, laying out a huge amount of hype for the granddaddy to outshine them all.
On that level, the Avengers definitely does not disappoint. It is a leading candidate for the best Marvel movie thus far (the other two being X2 and X-Men: First Class), showcased by an excellent script and easy chemistry between the ensemble cast. It would probably be expected to think that Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man is in a league by himself here but he is actually outshined by Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddleson (Bruce Banner/Hulk and Loki, respectively).
Ruffalo is spot on as Bruce Banner, bringing an easygoing nature to a role that was played with much more brooding by both Eric Bana and Edward Norton. The laid back-ness offers the yin to Hulk’s destructive yang, adding needed context to the misunderstood hero’s backstory.
Hiddleson continues to impress as the troubled Loki, thirsty to drink vengeance against his brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and willing to enslave Thor’s beloved Earth to do so. Most movie adaptations of Marvel villains are pretty simple affairs, but Hiddleson wills viewers to fully understand the depth of his hatred and propensity for chaos.
Chris Evans is fine as Captain America, although the fact that he plays the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four (another Marvel franchise) bothers me greatly. I’m sure there are other actors who can carry Cap’s shield, so to speak. Samuel Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson reprise their roles as Nick Fury, Hawkeye, and Black Widow to round out the crew and add another layer of bad ass-ness to the film.
The plot here is standard comic book fare: Loki has teamed with a group of alien baddies to steal the power of some sort of cosmic cube that Fury is hanging onto, and the Avengers need to stop him before the world goes to poop. It’s not important to explain the story as much as it is to note that Joss Whedon is proving he is a master of the spectacular. Avengers is the type of summer movie the season is made for and fully worthy of the box office receipts it tallied.
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Loki returns as the lead heavy with an alien army hell bent on destroying Earth. Col. Nick Fury assembles a team of mighty heroes to stop them. The problem is, they have big egos and can't get along. Are they going to be able to band together and do what Fury hopes they will do?At this writing, The Avengers has made over 1 billion dollars in two weeks. It's easy to see why. Joss Whedon does an excellent job of juggling all the heroes in this film. Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and the Hulk, they all get their just due. Heck, even Black Widow and Hawkeye get plenty of screen time. The standouts to me were Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. He has that role dialed in so well, that Loki could be the James Bond of comic book films. It would not surprise me to see him back for multiple films in the future. The Avengers is great fun and a worthy time at the cinema. Not so shockingly, the film has already been green lit for a sequel. I look forward to when it touches down. One last thing, make sure you stay for the credits. There are 2 stingers following the end of the film.