For the past few years we’ve been seeing the origins of the characters that make up The Avengers on the big screen. Now it’s time to see them all together in one massive movie. Can The Avengers possibly live up to the hype or will they fall under the pressure?
Ever since I heard that there was going to be an Avengers movie with the actors from the latest Marvel films reprising their roles, I knew I had to see it. The latest Marvel films had been some of the better superhero movies ever made in my opinion and I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into this one. Writer/Director Joss Whedon had the challenge of bringing this whole thing to life and I don’t think anyone could have done it better.
So here’s the basic story premise, Loki (Played by Tom Hiddleston) has come to conquer humanity on Earth backed up with a Chitauri army. Loki steals the Tesseract (aka. Cosmic Cube) from S.H.I.E.L.D in which he’s granted the Chitauri army from The Other and we’re off to the races.
This is where you start to really get a feel for all of the characters going through short introductions to most of the characters that allow people that maybe haven’t ever been involved with Marvel before to understand what’s going on. I never felt like I wondered what was going on because the movies had such great flow which is something to say for a movie that has so many characters to follow, each with different stories to tell.
The character interaction between the heroes is some of the best stuff in the film, some intense, some hilarious. Each character has its own identity from Stark’s humour to Hulk’s tension trying not to get angry. The greatest thing about this movie is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, you can have a very intense scene of conflict between the heroes one minute and a great comedy scene (usually featuring Stark) the next. The story and the characters feel natural and there was never a point where I felt someone was miscast, everybody played their roles perfectly and that really is the strong point of the movie. The cast as a whole created an amazing experience.
The cast is also where there were a few negatives though, Specifically Hawkeye (Played by Jeremy Renner). Hawkeye is in the opening few scenes and then he is seldom seen until near the end of the movie. There was definitely more that could have been done with the Hawkeye character but, with such a lengthy movie already somebody had to take a backseat to tell the stories of the more established characters. The other problem I had was that when you look at the story as a whole, it’s very generic. Maybe all super-hero movies are a little generic in the plot but, it felt like Loki’s whole plan was very one-dimensional. Suffice to say, in a film where you need to introduce the origins of so many characters in addition to telling an overlaying story, it worked well.
Overall, the whole experience was simply amazing. I’ve never felt glued to a movie like I was with The Avengers. There’s just nothing like seeing all these larger-than-life super-heroes fighting together (or sometimes each other) and the characters just mesh together so brilliantly.
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is the character that first comes to mind because her role is a lot more subtle than most of the others in the film. She definitely has a way of manipulating certain information from different characters in the film and while she doesn’t have as much screen time as the others, she definitely still has a big impact.
Captain America (Chris Evans) is one of the most prominently featured characters in the film and he takes on the role of the leader of the group. The Captain stays true to the character and is very noble to the cause of The Avengers. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is the other prominently featured character and he brings back his witty narcissism from the last Iron Man film, however, that changes as the film goes on when he develops more of a team mentality that you didn’t think you could see from Stark.
Mark Ruffalo is the best movie version of Bruce Banner that we’ve seen as he comes off as very conflicted on whether to even team with The Avengers and is very wary about transforming in the beginning and having a lot of tension whenever he starts to get angry but still accepting of the fate that is Hulk. As for when he transforms, well let’s just say, Hulk smashes.
S.H.I.E.L.D as a whole is very well represented in the film with Cobie Smulders playing Maria Hill in a somewhat smaller role which will no doubt be expanded upon in future roles. Clark Gregg has a great outing as Agent Coulson in this film showing how big a fan he is of Captain America which really plays into how much everyone watching loves these characters. Samuel L. Jackson gets quite a bit of screen time as Nick Fury in this one and we see how even he has his own higher-ups to answer to.
The action sequences were the big payoff in the movie though, there’s nothing like seeing Captain America and Thor fighting back to back or Iron Man and Thor battling it out in a forest. When it all comes down to it, there’s nothing like watching them all fight together to try and thwart Loki’s world domination plots.
The Avengers was every bit as amazing as I thought it would be and other than a few minor things, it was exactly how it should have been. It’s definitely a great starting point for what will certainly be a series of movies with The Avengers 2 being announced. It was a perfect introduction for each character and the action was fierce. There was a ton of things going on in the movie and never once does it feel like it’s too much or it doesn’t make sense. It was done perfectly from cast to set design to the director. Go see this movie if you haven’t already.