One of the comic world’s biggest fantasies is now a reality as The Avengers have finally hit the silver screen.  It all began in 2008 when we waited after the credits in Iron Man to hear Nick Fury say to Tony Stark,”I’m here to talk to you about the Avenger Initiative.”  Now after 4 years and 5 intertwining movies we can all safely say, “AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!”

Bringing together some of Marvel’s biggest names, The Avengers was a huge gamble that pays off in a very big way.  It not only kicks off the Summer movie season, it has set the bar very high.  The film is more than just a big budget/lets blow things up fest, The Avengers is a movie that blends action, drama, comedy into one very fun roller coaster ride.

The story begins where both Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger left off with Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) half-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in pursuit of what is referred to as the tesseract (or Cosmic Cube) in order to harness its power and rule over humanity.  Loki is not alone as he also looks to bring an alien race known as the Chitauri to aid him in his conquest.  With S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) knowing this will be too much to handle, his plan is to bring together Earth’s mightiest heroes.  However, bringing together a supergroup consisting of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Hulk/Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), and Thor is not an easy task.  As Dr. Banner puts it, “We’re not a team…we’re a time bomb.”  They will have to find a way to work together though in order to stop Loki and his plans.

Avengers not only brings together 4 very familiar characters, it also brings in 3 other characters that are new to a mainstream audience but familiar to the comic book world.  In the film we get a more screen time with the returning Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) who we last saw in Iron Man 2 and Cliff Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) who was introduced briefly in Thor.  Also new to the Marvel movie fold is S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) who is Nick Fury’s second in command.  Don’t worry there is also a Stan Lee cameo, as per tradition.

Director Joss Whedon comes across as someone who knows the audience and doesn’t punish those who are new.  He gives equal screen time to all the characters and gives them time to shine.  Yes the story is simple, but it works very well as both an introduction to a new franchise as well as a continuation of individual ones.  Whedon also gives the story a very old school build.  We do not have action sequence after action sequence and followed by explosions.  Instead we are given bits and pieces that leave us waiting in anticipation and when it kicks in…it does not let go.  The final battle sequence is something to behold and the 3D works so well with it.  The film’s dialog is also sharp with humor and wit and it does not just rely on Tony Stark’s one liners.

The Avengers is a thrill ride that has to be seen and experienced in a theater.  Also, the 3D is used very well and once again enhances the experience.  There will be many moments where you want to stand up and cheer as well as applaud. Don’t worry you won’t be the only one.

 

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