It came! The time finally came to go see Joss Whedon’s The Avengers in theaters!! I’d like to emphasize Joss Whedon because you could totally see his flavor all over this movie, which made it even more better than I had imagined in my head.
I knew Joss directed The Avengers but I didn’t know (although I should have assumed) he also co-wrote the script! Not that I had any doubt but that just ensured this movie was going to be beyond brilliantly fantastic.
*For people who need the obvious warning: SPOILER ALERT*
So we all the know the story: Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), of S.H.I.E.L.D., brings the team of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Dr. Bruce Banner a.k.a. the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) together to take down Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his army. Yes I know, what about Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)? Well I wasn’t expecting this but for like the first half of the movie, he’s under Loki’s mind control. He finally snaps out of it after Black Widow kick’s his ass a bit and knocks him unconscious.
We’ve seen Nick Fury talk about the Avengers Initiative but it was deactivated until Loki comes through a portal powered by the Tesseract and attacks S.H.I.E.L.D., taking Clint Barton (Hawkeye) and Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) with him, under Loki’s mind control. Now Fury wants to bring the team together so he sends Agent Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) to recruit Dr. Bruce Banner, and Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) to New York to have Tony Stark review Selvig’s research. Fury goes to Steve Rogers (Captain America) himself. We see Loki is working with an alien conqueror, the Other, who wants the Tesseract and offers Loki an army in exchange.
One of the things that I really loved about this movie is that they showed these characters struggling to come together as a team. When Captain America, Iron Man and Black Widow apprehend Loki, thunder and lightning start in the sky as they’re all flying back to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Thor arrives to take Loki. Obviously he’s pissed at his brother but wants to deal with it himself, so he takes Loki away to argue with him but of course, Iron Man goes after him right away and shortly after, Captain America follows. Iron Man and Thor get into this amazing fight. Flying around, kicking each other’s asses until the Captain shows up to stop them and they finally bring Loki in. These are superheroes who are used to being the only ones. They’ve never worked with other superheroes, they’ve just been fighting the bad guys by themselves so it makes sense that they’d butt heads when they first meet each other. When we first see the Hulk emerge, he goes after Black Widow and she’s trying to get away from him and Thor shows up to help. And then the Hulk and Thor get into this great fight (and also have a pretty fabulous moment later).
Another awesome thing was how you could see all the previous movies tie into this one. The Tesseract is in Iron Man 2, when Tony Stark is reading his father (Howard Stark)’s, notes; we see it briefly at the end of Thor when Nick Fury brings the box to Erik Selvig, who is controlled by Loki at the time, and asks what it is, to which Fury replies “unlimited power.” And it plays a huge part in Captain America: The First Avenger, with Johann Schmidt, the main bad guy of that movie, who captures the cube to harness its powers but the Captain stops him and in doing so, has to crash-land his plane into an iceberg, thus freezing himself for the next 70+ years. And Howard Stark is the one who recovered it but didn’t think much about it, mostly worrying about Captain America.
In true Joss Whedon form, it takes a sudden death of a beloved member of S.H.I.E.L.D. to finally have these characters come together as a team. The Avengers rally in New York to stop Loki, who has opened the portal to let his alien army enter through, on top of Stark tower. Banner reveals his secret – which is badassery at its finest – and they all are fighting off as many aliens as they can. They save the day of course, and Thor takes Loki and the Tesseract back to Asgard, as the rest of the Avengers go their separate ways.
I also have to point out that I liked Eric Bana as the Hulk in Hulk, not so much though did I think Edward Norton was the right guy for him in The Incredible Hulk (but I still liked the movie) but Mark Ruffalo!! Wow, he was – by far – the best Hulk!! He was perfect as Dr. Bruce Banner and his Hulk was my absolute favorite.
This movie was so awesome!! Like I said before, way beyond my expectations, which were already pretty high. There was so much action, from start to finish. And so much humor! More than I thought there was going to be. But again, I should’ve known because it was in the hands of the wonderfully wicked man, Joss Whedon. And Joss is boss.
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