Movie Review: Marvel’s The Avengers

Earth’s mightiest heroes, or perhaps a band of misfit superheroes joined together for one common goal? To save the Earth from total destruction.

This is the Avengers. A group of individuals with superhuman abilities recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nicholas Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to do battle against a force greater than Earth itself; a force as deadly as the gods themselves.

The film brings together Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), each with a different past, each carrying different abilities that separate the weak from the strong, and each coming together to save the Earth from Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s adoptive brother who has returned to retrieve the Tesseract, an ancient Asgardian artifact that he will use to enslave the human race. With assistance from The Other, a shadowy figure located in another realm of space and time, Loki is given an army known as the Chitauri, an alien race that will help in retrieving the Tesseract, which holds an unknown potential, but is very deadly. Also returning to the cast are Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), JARVIS (Paul Bettany) and Pepper Potts (Gwnyeth Paltrow), and introduces Fury’s assistant, Lieutenant agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders).

The Avengers definitely placed a huge Hulk-shaped footprint into history, by having the largest opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada, and trumping Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Not only does the film leave a spectacular first impression, but it also received widespread critical acclaim, receiving a 93% “Certified Fresh” approval rating by Rotten Tomatoes, and taking in much positive feedback. And with a superhero movie this epic and of this caliber, was it any surprise that it would score high not only with fans, but with critics across the world?

I saw it twice, and that was by choice. I knew the film would succeed, but I never thought it would keep me wanting more to this extent. I was all too familiar with all the characters going into this film, and I had done my extra bit of research on the alien race that would hold up as a secondary antagonist in this film, and as I tweeted the moment I left the theater, I left three words on the twitterverse “Pretty epic show”. Because that’s exactly what you get when you come down to see The Avengers, its an epic show. Its got everything you need, a group of superheroes coming together (as best as they can, and with a few quarrels and disagreements) to save the planet. Throw in some witty humor, interesting dialogue, and an epic story with enticing and unique characters, and you’ve got yourself a sweet ticket to the biggest rollercoaster ride your little body can handle.

The Avengers…what else is there to say?

You’ll be on the edge of your seat during the final big battle between Earth’s mightiest heroes, and the Chitauri army, and smack Loki down in the middle of this war of worlds, and you forget about anything else.

I’m a huge Marvel junkie, and I went to watch the film in 3D twice, and even though there were some moments where I took my glasses off and saw a difference, that wasn’t for the entire film. Like I said, the Avengers makes you forget about anything else, and immerses you for a 2 hour rollercoaster ride of epicness…yeah, I said it.

Its hard to pick a favorite character in this movie because all of the actors/actresses performed their roles so well, and no character changed to suit another character’s views. They all stood on their own two feet, quarrels a plenty, and by the end of the film, you really believed that this team were a real pack; real Avengers.

The best scenes from this film I felt were when the Avengers themselves did battle with one another. Who doesn’t want to see Thor tussle with the likes of Iron Man, or Hulk?

Thanos is confirmed to be the antagonist responsible for providing Loki with the Chitauri army, and is seen briefly during the after-credits. It’s unclear what his role will be in future installments.

Director Joss Whedon, known for his work on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Angel, as well as co-producer of the recent film, The Cabin in the Woods, definitely was the best man for this job. I was afraid at first that with a different director would come a completely different view for all the characters, because when you tackle a story with characters this diverse, and you merge together these different worlds to coincide and actually put together a “believable” story for the audiences and fans, that you would find more bugs in the writing, or perhaps unnecessary scenes or mess-ups. That’s still how I feel about the new director for Iron Man 3, and I hope that it stays true to the series as best as it can. Whedon did a magnificent job of delivering the Avengers in all aspects. Sure there were a few plotholes here and there, and some questions left unanswered, but nothing’s perfect, just like the mismatched group of heroes that make up this team.

Of course, the after-credits scenes left more questions than answers. For die-hard fans of the Marvel universe and newcomers who scratched their heads in confusion as to who the character was, the shadowy figure in the scene is known as Thanos. Thanos will most likely return for a future Avengers installment, and is also speculated to appear as an antagonist in another side-Marvel film. One name that comes to mind is “Guardians of the Galaxy”, but it is unclear if this is just speculation or rumors, this is what I’ve read online.

So now like the Avengers, the heroes have disbanded temporarily, and we shall expect to see them again in a sequel someday. For now, we’re expecting to see sequels for films like Thor, Iron Man and Captain America over the next two years, but the question that remains, will there be any new recruits by the time Avengers 2 hits theatres in the future? Or will there be another epic movie of this caliber to hit the big-screen? I’m still waiting on that Justice League team I’ve heard so much about, so bring it on DC Comics, show us what you’ve got up your sleeves.

Final Score: 10 out of 10

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