The Avengers, American Movie (2012)

Marvel has enjoyed a lot of succes these past few years. Nearly every superhero movie they have brought out has been a massive succes, and generally received postive reviews. And there is no end in sight. This year we still have dr. Strange to look forward to, and in the coming years there are so many movies lined up, that it might almost be a little too much. But what can I say? I love these movies, and as long as they maintain the level of quality they currently have, I am not complaining. Today I found myself seeing the original Avengers movie again, the first time a group of Marvel heroes banded together on the big screen. It was a movie that broke box-office records at the time, and that has been lauded as the best superhero movie of all time.

The Avengers is the culmination of the event that Marvel called, Phase One. The groundwork was laid for it with the movies Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Incredible Hulk and Captain America: the first Avenger. And in the Avengers all those storylines come together, and are brought to a satisfying conclusion. The evil brother of Thor, Loki, arrives on Earth in attempt to bring forth an alien army called the Chitauri. For this he needs an ancient artifact called the Tesseract. An artifact that is currently in the possession of S.H.I.E.L.D. But as S.H.I.E.L.D. tries to tamper with it, they inadvertently bring Loki inside their base, and as such he is able to steal the Tesseract. With the faith of the world hanging in the balance, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D, Nick Fury, decides to assemble earth’s mightiest heroes. But before they can take the fight to Loki, they will have to deal with their own differences, in order to become a team. And that is easier said than done….

The Avengers is a great movie. However it is not my alltime favorite superhero movie. That spot so far remains reserved for Captain America the Winter Soldier. There is also much to enjoy in the Avengers as well, though. I love it how every major character gets just enough screentime to satisfy every fan of that particular hero. Joss Whedon, director of the movie, has done a great job pulling that off, which might have been the most difficult part. The fightscene in New York is truly spectacular and pulls out all the stops. The part in the middle however, is the part that at times tends to get a little boring. It takes a bit too long to bring all the heroes together, but that is just a very minor complaint I have about this film. Overall though, this is a highly entertaining movie, with fantastic special effects, a decent enough story, and a joy to watch for every Marvel comic book fan.

I give the Avengers a 8 out of 10 score.

 

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