This film is every comic book nerd’s dream come true. It is directed by science fiction genius Joss Whedon, an adaption of one of the greatest comic book titles of all time, and unites an all-star roster of superheroes for an epic movie that will go down in history. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Marvel’s The Avengers.
SHIELD director Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) is conducting a research experiment that unlocks a doorway. What comes through is the exiled son of Asgard known as Loki (Tom Hiddleston). He uses a mysterious staff to mind control of Agent Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to steal the Tesseract and embark on a quest to conquer Earth.
Director Fury, Agent Maria Hill (Colbie Smulders), Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), are forced to bring together Bruce Banner aka The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo brilliantly replacing Edward Norton), Captain America (Chris Evans), and Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) to capture Loki. Things get tense when Thor (Chris Hemsworth) arrives to grab his adopted brother.
While aboard the SHIELD helicarrier, it becomes apparent that these “heroes” cannot work well together. Their constant bickering becomes a problem as Loki’s mind controlled minions attack and unleash the Hulk, allowing Loki to escape and murder Coulson. This forces the team to work together and stop an invading army from conquering New York City.
This movie is not just good, it is great. Yes, I am saying it. I mean great, as in, Joss Whedon and the all-star ensemble made a great film that should go down in cinema history. It should sweep the Oscars, though the “academy” clearly has a prejudice against comic book adapted films.
For my fellow nerds, do not despair. Black Widow and Hawkeye definitely take up the slack after replacing Wasp and Ant-Man as founding Avengers. Also, you do not miss Edward Norton. Trust me. You really don’t.
Everything from the score, the special effects, the way the plot moves, and the chemistry between the cast is perfectly woven together. With maybe The Dark Knight as an exception, no other superhero movie compares. The Avengers will bring to life this Marvel Cinematic Universe in an impressive way.
FAVORITE QUOTE: The Avengers, that’s what we call ourselves. It’s an earth’s mightiest heroes-type thing.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Language
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