When the title came on the theater screen, a tear almost came out of my eye. The day is finally here! Marvel’s The Avengers brings together the different superheroes from Marvel Studio’s franchise of movies, and the result is an explosion of solid blockbuster action, intense emotional drama and captivating comic book wonder.
Throw all skepticism out the window because this movie knows what the fans want. Director Joss Whedon must be given a medal for yet another contribution to fanboy culture. A comic book writer himself, this guy has the right sensibilities needed to direct what might very well be the biggest superhero movie of all time. He knows that each character has its own fanbase, so no character is left in the background or is underused. He also presents all the characters clearly so even those who haven’t seen the previous movies can arrive comfortably into this crossover event.
The Avengers has a story which feels organic, definitely not something phoned-in or awkward. The moments where our favourite superheroes meet one another for the first time are built up nicely, and the story of how they eventually decide to work together and fight the bad guys is a painful and compelling one. One thing that I find intriguing about the assembling of the mighty Avengers is not how powerful they are when they work together, but rather how much they CANNOT work together. The scenes where the Avengers get mad at each other had me at the edge of my seat!
Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury are all great in their roles, but let us not forget the lonely villain of this flick – Loki. Played by Tom Hiddleston, this evil schemer is one of the more interesting comic book villains because of his jealousy and hatred filled relationship with his god-brother (get it?) Thor. Cobie Smulders appears in the small role of Maria Hill, and I’m glad that they are using actual characters from the comic books.
This movie has spectacular action scenes that are big, exciting, and most importantly, driven by the characters’ decisions. The movie trailer already gave us a glimpse of the gigantic climatic fight between the Avengers and the aliens which takes place in Manhattan, and I was afraid that the movie’s best moments were already spoiled by the trailer. I think my eyes have never been bigger when I saw what this movie had for me. The “wow” moments never stopped coming, including some of the most exhilarating Hulk smashing you have ever seen. CGI and special effects are flawless, and the music by Alan Silvestri adds to the grandeur of the battle.
If I had to dig out something negative about The Avengers, I would say that I very much wished Edward Norton of The Incredible Hulk could have been Bruce Banner in this movie. Although Mark Ruffalo does a brilliant job in the role of the troubled gamma scientist, I think keeping the same actor throughout the franchise is beneficial to the enjoyment of the story, and of course, the popularity of the character. Imagine someone getting curious about the Hulk after watching The Avengers and proceeds to check out The Incredible Hulk… Weird!
Marvel’s The Avengers lives up to all its hype, and is a dream come true for millions of fans. If you love your Marvel Comics, then prepare to be blown away some more by the huge reveal in the credits!
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