Dir: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson
It is finally here. Five brilliant Marvel films and plenty of fan speculation have finally come together and culminated in the ultimate comic book film: The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble if you are in the United Kingdom – we have to be different). If you don’t know about The Avengers then where have you been – I mean serious, where? So the basic premise of the story is that when Earth’s safety is threatened, Nick Fury, the leader of S.H.E.I.L.D, rallies together a group of superheroes – namely Ironman, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye – to save the planet from destruction brought about by Thor’s brother, Loki. If you are a fan of comic books and comic book films, then this is the ultimate cinematic nerdgasm that you have longed to see on screen, but have never had the pleasure of witnessing – until now.
The Avengers lives up to, surpasses and smashes (Hulk style!) any expectations that people had for the film. Joss Whedon has produced probably one of the best superhero film ever made, a film that is right up there with The Dark Knight for sheer spectacle and marvel. Admittedly I was concerned that the hype for the film, which has been building ever since Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) proposed the Avenger initiative to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the post-credit sequence in Ironman, would ultimately make the film feel as though it had been just thrown together for the sake of it. However, the plot ties in all the elements from The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and the two Ironman films brilliantly, allowing each character’s journey to continue right from where they left off. The film allows each character to have their specific role rather than making it feel as though they are just there for the sake of being there, with no character being overlooked nor their screen time depleted.
Although all the characters are portrayed brilliantly, I feel come credit needs to be given to Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner and his green, powerhouse, bone-crunching alter ego that is the Hulk. There were concerns after Edward Norton was replaced that the character wouldn’t be as effective or as welcomed as he would have been before the re-cast. However, Ruffalo pulls it out the bag and delivers my favourite performance as the damaged and awkward Bruce Banner. Yet the Hulk, without a doubt, supplies as much comedy as Tony Stark, with some hilarious, unexpected moments of rage that had the audience in hysterics - HULK FUNNY as he would probably say.
All I can say is that the film was unbelievably good, with an ensemble cast that hopefully will be returning in another few years time for The Avengers 2 – that is after Captain America 2, Thor 2, Ironman 3 and others (potentially a Hawkeye spinoff). As with all the other Marvel films, there is a post credit sequence, but this actually occurs a few minutes after rather than right at the end. For all you Marvel fan boys out there, there is a little hint and the possible plot of any future Avenger films.
So have you seen The Avengers? What did you think of the film? If you could be any of the heroes, who would it be? Comment below, follow or contact me via Twitter