informed in a very
strongly worded email from the studio that
this movie is not called The
Avengers. It is called MARVEL's
The Avengers, so don't be making
fun of me every time I type MARVEL's
The Avengers. I am not
for The Man. It's a small price to pay to see one of the summer's
biggest, most exciting, most anticipated movies. The summer movie
season has begun!
This is one of those movies where the plot sounds silly and nerdy as I
write it (and I feel like a kid who can't get a date to the prom as I
describe it), but stick with me. Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor's brother
who has gone evil, has made a deal with intergalactic raiders to open a
portal to Earth, so they can invade, take over in a bloody war and
leave Loki in command, but he can't do it alone.
Loki has compromised members of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team to break into
their heavily fortified facility and steal the Tesseract - a cube of
energy that opens the portal, and might be capable of much more.
S.H.I.E.L.D. commander Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) knows the power of
the Tesseract, and the danger to Earth, so he decides to bring together
the men he has been recruiting for the moment when all of our military
forces wouldn't be enough to protect our planet.
It's time to assemble Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), The Hulk (Mark
Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
Will this motley crew
of personalities find a way to overcome their differences to win the
Can they find Loki and the Tesseract?
What is Nick Fury's real motivation and plan for the Tesseract?
Going into MARVEL's The
Avengers, I was worried about
too many characters and too many subplots complicating the movie (Batman
& Robin, anyone?).
You've got Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Black
Widow, Nick Fury, Pepper Potts and that's just the list of good guys!
It would be hard enough for a great coach like Vince Lombardi to manage
that many egos, but writer/director Joss Whedon could not have done a
better job using every one of them in the most perfect way. He makes
everything meld together magnificently with the audience getting a feel
for each character's story, challenges, strengths and more. Because of
Whedon, MARVEL's The Avengers
has a great pace, great humor without becoming silly and great action,
while introducing new characters who feel like they belong, instead of
being added to help sell some additional toys and licensed merchandise.
Best of all, Whedon gives us a realistic story about how the great team
members don't get along at first, don't trust each other, try to
establish their role in the squad and, generally, have to figure it all
out while the world collapses around them. Because of this, we get
great speeches from Nick Fury and Tony Stark, which reveal so much
about them, you can't help but realize Whedon is adding another
dimension to MARVEL's The
Iron Man is great like always, Thor doesn't disappoint and Captain
America becomes a character you can better appreciate than in his own
previous movie, but all eyes are on the new guy, and Ruffalo proves he
belongs as Bruce Banner and The Hulk. Instead of being some sad sack,
sullen drifter, Ruffalo brings a dignity and prickly personality
displaying the unease he feels with his affliction, but he also shows
Banner's confident and assertive side (just don't make him angry,
unless you need him angry).
Avengers gets the summer movie
season off to the kind of start that will make The
Amazing Spider-Man and Battleship
quake with insecurity.
The Avengers is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence
and action throughout, and a mild drug reference.