The Avengers (2012) – Movie Review


Remember when you were a kid, the joy of collecting and trading comic books and (well if you were a kid in the 90s) trading comic book cards? I do, I used to love all that stuff!

Now I always loved comics and comic book cards that DC produced, but my favorite always had to be…. You guessed it! MARVEL!

Rather it be reading the gritty adventures of, ‘Cable’, or reading about the, ‘X-Men’ battling the latest threat to the world, or for that matter any of the other super hero’s or super hero teams that fought the forces of darkness!

So it delighted me to discover a lot of my favorite costumed heroes from the Marvel Universe were being turned in to movies! Including, the X-Men series, the Spider-Man series, the Iron Man series, to name a few…

And of course the most recent Super Hero movie was great as well, The Avengers!

Written by: Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), and Zack Penn (The Incredible Hulk) and Directed by: Joss Whedon. Starring: Robert Downey Jr. (Zodiac), Chris Hemsworth (The Cabin In The Woods), Chris Evans (Fantastic Four), Scarlett Johansson (Eight Legged Freaks), Mark Ruffalo (Shutter Island), Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Jeremy Renner (Dahmer), Samuel L. Jackson (Deep Blue Sea), and Colbie Smulders (Andromeda).

The Avengers tells the story of how, after Loki’s (Hiddleston) defeat on Asgard in the movie, Thor (2011), by his brother Thor (Hemsworth). Loki retreats to the vastness of space. During this time he comes across a race that has offered to fight for Loki, when Loki decides to take over the Earth!

So after stealing an item called, ‘The Tesseract’ (an item that can draw power from space), from a S.H.I.E.L.D. run research facility, and taking over the free will of a Doctor, and an Agent by the name of, ‘Clint Barton’ (Renner), Loki takes off with his new soldiers in an effort to create a portal from Earth to the planet where his army is currently waiting on!

With the world now threatened by Loki and his minions, S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Jackson) calls on: Iron Man (Downey Jr.), The Black Widow (Johansson), The Hulk (Ruffalo), Captain America (Evans), (and later Thor and Hawkeye join as well), to combat the threat posed by Loki, and save the Human Race as, ‘The Avengers’!

Now as an interesting side note, this movie is the culmination of past super hero movies such as, Thor (2011), the Iron Man series and, The Incredible Hulk series as well!

In my opinion, with this movie being the perfect blending of, ‘Science Ficition’ and, ‘Action’ this movie may actually be the best Super Hero movie to come out since the first X-Men movie (A personal fav of mine).

Now before I get in to why I think this movie is so awesome, I should probably tell you a little bit of history and how The Avengers came to life…

The Avengers came in to being through the creative inspiration of comic book legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and had their debut in September of 1963… Since then, ‘The Avengers’ and the team members that make up, ‘The Avengers’ has become an international sensation amongst the legions of , ‘Avengers’ comic book fans, ‘Avengers’ movie aficionados and even , ‘Avengers’, video game fans around the world! And being a fan of, ‘The Avengers’ in all 3 of those categories, it kind of goes without saying that I would be a fan of this movie as well!

But besides that, the truth is, is that carry overs from their original movies, ‘i,e. Tom Hiddleston as (Loki), or Robert Downey Jr. as, (Iron Man)’ continue to do an amazing job portraying the characters they portrayed in the other movies… So much so that it was great to see Robert Downey Jr. reprise his role as, ‘Iron Man’, Chis Hemworth reprise his role as, ‘Thor’ as they both match pretty closely to what I would have thought the characters from the comics would have looked like in real life!