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Marvel Studios has been able to do the impossible; the culmination of several different super hero franchises combined into one action packed rollercoaster ride. Director Joss Whedon (Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has been able to pull off an incredible feat. Executing some memorable action set pieces, many side splitting comedic moments and some really outstanding character development. You care for these characters because you feel the tremendous force they are up against, as well as every bump on the road to victory.
The Avengers is a 2012 movie release featuring the comic heroics of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). The Earth is facing a threat on a grand scale from the alien forces known as Chitauri, led by Loki (Tom Hiddleson) Thor's Asgardian brother, with the power of the tesseract cube that holds unlimited power he hopes to rule the Earth as its saviour.
One of my favourite parts of the movie is not the action set pieces, but the excellent dialogue battles between our heroes. A certain scene in particular mid way through the film allows all the actors to show off their talent as well as show off the angst these heroes have for one another - they are uncertain about being a team and this scene was a standout in showing their distrust.
The fact these characters back stories and personalities have been fleshed out in previous movies allows Whedon to grab a hold of this tremendous batch of characters and really just set sail on his vision of the Marvel universe. New character Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is the least known of the selection of heroes in the film, his back story is slightly shown within this movie, yet certain twists regarding his character do not allow you to grow to attached to him, until the film reaches its cinematic closure. One of the few smudges left on this shiny piece of summer blockbuster silverware.
The audience was digging this film; the entire crowd laughed together, were left in shock and awe together and were all left happy at films end. This viewing was an experience, to feel such camaraderie with fellow patrons was way beyond the price of entry. Fans will want to stay in their seats until the final credit rolls, as some bonus scenes have been included as treats for fans who stick around.
The Avengers is a fan-boys dream. Whedon's talented directing allows a film with so many charismatic individuals to not feel cluttered. Though few will rate this as an historic piece of cinematography, this is a journey that will make you feel every emotion, up until the film's end - when you will be happily waiting the next time the 'Avengers Assemble.'