I have been looking forward to watching “The Avengers” ever since I found out that was the ultimate plan during Iron Man II. Every trailer that I saw was great and I even liked Joss Whedon for the director (despite Dollhouse – that awful, awful turd of a show). I watched both Ultimate Avengers cartoons in order to brush up on the Chitauri when I found out they were Loki’s army. In case you were wondering, the studio used the Chitauri instead of the Skrull because the intellectual movie rights to the Skrull are tied up with Fantastic Four, which is currently owned by Fox Studios. So, to say that I had high expectation was an understatement, but I was not disappointed. Before I go any further, I am telling you to go see this movie as soon as you can. There is a reason “The Avengers” is breaking box office records wordwide: it is freaking awesome.
The biggest concern that I had about the movie was that it would not be able to give enough screen time to all of the characters involved, and I would be left feeling disappointed that someone did not get enough screen time. I am happy to say that did not happen. All of the characters, even the minor ones like Agent Coulson, are well developed and given plenty of screen time. I think that part of that has to do with the fact that Marvel wisely chose to have the major players in their own feature films before putting them together in “The Avengers.” I was also a little on edge about having a third Bruce Banner (played this time by Mark Ruffalo). However, I found that Mr. Ruffalo’s performance was well done and on par with the one that Edward Norton delivered in the Incredible Hulk. I believed he was a brilliant scientist as well as a ticking time bomb waiting to blow. Some of the funniest parts of the movie involve Banner’s alter-ego, the Hulk. So, keep an eye out for those.
If I had to pick a scene stealer, it would be between Tom Hiddleston’s encore performance as Loki, god of mischief and Thor’s brother, or Jeremy Renner’s first real turn as the arrow shooting Hawkeye. Loki is still nuttier than a Christmas fruitcake. He has some good lines, but also delivers a darker performance than we saw in Thor. I saw that he is slated to play Loki again in the second Thor movie, and I look forward to seeing that. Hawkeye is simply a badass throughout the entirety of the movie. He is just as deadly as any of the super-powered heroes without any compunctions against killing when there is a need. If Marvel does not have plans for a Hawkeye movie, then they need to start making some plans.
I am not going to go into any of the details of the plot of the movie – if you want to spoil that for yourself, then I am sure Wikipedia already has a summary waiting for you. I will say that comic book nerds, like myself, will be pleased with the “true” villain behind Loki’s attack on earth and will be excited about seeing that play out in Avengers II. Also, be sure to stick around for both bonus scenes, which most of us expect from Marvel movies at this point (there is one in the middle of the credits and one at the very end).
Go see “The Avengers” while it is in theaters; you will not be disappointed that you did. The only thing missing was Hank Pym (Ant-man) and his wife, Janet Pym (the Wasp). According to IMDB, there is an Ant-man movie slated for 2014, so hopefully that is something that can be remedied in future Avengers movies.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Quinjets.