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“Avengers Assemble!” The iconic phrase has been bandied about since ‘The Avenger’ comics first came out in the early 1960s. Brought to real life, the movie is nothing that Marvel has ever made, throwing this many A-list actors into one giant bowl of ego. After months and months of hype, commercials, and TV spots, the time has come upon Marvel to put their money where their mouth is.
In the aftermath of this movie, it is safe to say that Marvel has done an exceedingly great job of it. Quite possibly, movie-filming history is about to be made once again with 2012′s ‘The Avengers‘.
The plot is not entirely new, though. Throw a bunch of superheroes with tempers who hate each other together, make them work through heartfelt sacrifice, and they will invariably fail before rising to the occasion just before the end of the film, leaving a massive cliffhanger. That said, the film wins not because of the seemingly average plot, but with the actors doing a phenomenal job of becoming larger than life.
Whether your favorite is The Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Black Widow, or Nick Fury, you will cheer all the way through this excellently crafted movie. Director and nerd cult icon Joss Whedon took this film and elevated it to a near art form. The script is so excellently executed that lines from this movie will be quoted for a very long time to come. Easily the best Marvel film to date, the camera techniques involved to get just the right shots took the hand of a true artist.
Whether tumbling through the air in a cage or in the shattered remains of a car, the viewer feels a part of the action at every turn. Scene after scene, fans join in the experience of The Avengers in an ever active way. Following Iron Man as he falls out of the sky is a singular experience as you watch him strap on armor mid-flight. The technology in this movie is so out of this world that the real military can only wish to have some of these things in their hands.
Not only are there no boring moments in the film, but there also appears to be no shortage of superhero slug fests. Imagine Thor getting sucker-punched by Hulk, imagine Iron Man getting in Captain America’s face. Think again as Loki’s words affect his enemies, nearly exceeding the level of nonchalant violence inspired by Darth Vader. These are the images that fans walk away with as they exit the movie.
Fans remember the moments when Hulk saves a life or when Thor calls down lightening. They remember the cheer of the room as Nick Fury blows up a plane or as Black Widow takes out a team of Russian operatives while being interrogated by their general. These are the cheers of fans rooting for their heroes to succeed, to believe that good will prevail.
More than just the sum of its parts, the Avengers initiative takes a selective group of people from all walks of life with extraordinary powers and pits them against the greatest evil that mankind has ever faced (at least until the next movie). Loki’s jealous streak is hopefully at an end as he is administered justice. Both his former allies and his newest enemies seek to punish him for his deeds against earth. So, it seems that a new enemy has arisen, one that even Loki fears.
The points of contention are few and far between, such as the power of Loki’s staff and the exactness required for him to run his mind-control trick. Another is that though Hulk and Thor are the same strength, the cage they use for Hulk is apparently strong enough to hold Hulk, but not Thor. Perhaps the Hammer of Thor helps, but these are minor points to argue in the face of a movie that has so much potential packed into its limited time frame.
Excellently crafted and delightfully enjoyable, The Avengers is a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-superhero-pants movie as moment after moment of action occurs. Even moments of pure speech without violence are tailor made towards not only the characters from the comics, but the characters that the actors have become.
It seems near impossible to imagine the actors being any different than they are, the roles so iconic that they will forever be known for these roles by fans worldwide. In an instant, movie history has been made with The Avengers quite possibly setting new box office records. A much anticipated film just in time for school to let out, The Avengers is a film that no one will want to miss this Friday, May 4.