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Avengers Assemble

Avengers Assemble

Released 26 April 2012
Director Joss Whedon

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson
Writer(s) Joss Whedon
Producer(s) Kevin Feige
Origin United States
Running Time 142 minutes
Genre Action, adventure, sci-fi
Rating 12A

Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Dominating as blockbusters for years, this interweaving of Marvel's plot to franchise out its flagship characters looks set for summer success. And Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Joss Whedon makes a good fist of it all, aiding the adventure with trademark Whedon wit, while adding depth to its heroes beyond the often silly spandex.

The Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man franchises find themselves combined in new Avengers movie and joining Earth's mightiest heroes are Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). The Thor movie provides the main villain when exiled Asgardian Loki plots to make Earth his domain with help from the invading alien race, The Chitauri. Mark Ruffalo replaces Ang Lee cast Eric Bana in the role of Bruce Banner, bringing a much needed comedic edge to the character that also makes the Hulk one of the funniest, and terrifying parts of the movie. If there's a Hulk moment, you'll definitely laugh! Similarly Whedon writes the tension between straight edged Captain America and wisecracking hedonist Tony Stark perfectly. In fact, as writer/director he's worked very hard to integrate all these disparate characters into one workable team, as well as incorporating multiple narratives into one salient film.

All in all, flying in the face of popular opinion, this hasn't been my favourite offering from Marvel Studios, but it's definitely an ambitious one, and one that achieves its goals. The action per scene quota is astoundingly high with fist fights aplenty from start to finish, as well as huge set piece battlefields across New York, and Avengers Assemble does well to avoid the high crime of being Michael Bay boring, I didn't leave with a headache after suffering what seemed two hours of crunching metal sound at least. Still, it's a welcome diversion and oh so very fun a film to see in cinema! So go give Marvel your money!

- Cormac O’Brien