AW Movie Review: The Avengers

Let the summer superhero blockbuster movies begin! Marvel kicks off every moviegoer’s favorite season with the witty, action-packed flick that so many of us have been waiting for, The Avengers.

With 5 years of planning and 5 movies doing a pretty fantastic job of building up this movie, The Avengers has finally been released into theaters nationwide. With so much riding on the line, it’s easy for a highly anticipated movie to fall flat of many of the fan’s expectations. However, fanboys need not worry. Marvel’s The Avengers is a phenomenal movie.

So lets get to the basics. The Avengers is equal parts drama, action, and comedy and a movie that anybody can enjoy, whether you are an avid comic book reader or not.

The movie begins where all of the previous movies left off. This includes Iron Man 2, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, and, most closely, Thor. A familiar threat to the moviegoer audience, Loki, has returned with the help of an alien race all too familiar to fans of the comic books, the Chitauri. With the conniving mastermind at the helm of an army of aliens, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury is forced to assemble a team to combat this threat. However, things do not always go so smoothly when you bring together an old-fashioned soldier from a past generation, a billionaire-philanthropist and genius playboy with Narcissistic traits, the Norse God of Thunder that is always quick to rush into battle, a highly intelligent gamma radiation specialist with a dark side, and a former Russian spy with a piece of her past still haunting her.

Writer and Director Joss Whedon has done the franchise justice by giving us more of the characters we have grown to love. He allows us to see Captain America/Steve Rogers step into that leadership role. He shows us a softer side to the man in the Iron Man suit, Tony Stark. He gives us more of the unfinished interaction between Thor and his mischievous brother Loki. We get to finally see a bit of Black Widow and Hawkeye’s past and watch them in action. And lastly, we get to see a lighter side of the raging beast known as the Hulk.

We have seen many movies in the past crumble under the weight of combining many different big name actors. The Avengers is not one of those movies. The interaction between Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, and new comer Mark Ruffalo has you screaming for more than the already lengthy 2 hour and 22 minute running time. The combination of the constant barrage of action, the well written and witty comedy, and the character driven drama, The Avengers moves very fast and in the best way possible. Joss Whedon does a fantastic job at capturing all of the important aspects for each character in the way that they were intended from the comics. The phenomenal acting of this cast coupled with a director/writer that is very familiar with the comic book industry has made Marvel’s The Avengers a tough movie to beat. The Avengers is now in theaters worldwide, and remember, stay after the credits for a look at a new threat that fans with some knowledge of the franchise will recognize. Now if you will excuse me, I have a movie to watch. Several more times…