The Avengers: Epic superhero film will delight fans of Marvel Comic films
Tom Richardson, Clarion staff
May 8, 2012
Filed under Arts & Culture
A WWII Super Soldier, an Iron-Suited Billionaire, The God of Thunder and a Giant Green Monster. These are the four heroes needed to prevent planet Earth from being taken over by the god of mischief. Captain America (Chris Evans,) Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.,) Thor (Chris Hemsworth,) and The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo,) were the key players in this scenario in the new Marvel Comic Ensemble film by “Serenity” film director Joss Whedon.
“The Avengers” centers around four heroes who are assigned by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson,) the director of an organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D., who recruited these heroes when Earth got threatened for takeover. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) manages to return to earth after the events of “Thor,” this was all possible due to a new form of technology that was being developed by S.H.I.E.L.D. near the beginning of the film. This new technology can only transfer one human or creature at a time from a different world, causing Loki to appear during the first test-run of the technology. Loki immediately hypnotizes several humans to be his minions in a attempt to become the new world leader of Earth. Loki also wants to retrieve an artifact known as “The Tesseract,” a powerful object that once belonged to “Asgard,” his home world. As Loki’s goals slowly get accomplished, the more active Nick Fury, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg,) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) become when tracking down the heroes for “The Avengers Initiative.” When S.H.I.E.L.D. manages to assemble the heroes, the team struggles to work together at first since some want Loki dead, while others want him alive so that “The Tesseract” can be in the right hands. Throughout the rest of the film, the team of heroes has to fight off an army of creatures known as the “Chitauri,” an extra-terrestrial race who are helping Loki takeover earth. It is up to Captain American, Iron Man, Thor, and The Incredible Hulk to make sure that Loki and his army do not succeed with their world domination. The heroes are also assisted by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Black Widow, and the Archery hero “Hawkeye” (Jeremy Renner.)
“The Avengers” is the epic superhero film that Marvel Comic fans have been waiting for since 2008’s “Iron Man.” Director Joss Whedon explores the rise and fall of a superhero team very nicely. The heroes run into just as many conflicts, as they do finding strategies that help them work well as a league. Many viewers will love that Whedon found a way to make the heroes even more interesting than they were in some of their previous films, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk are excellent examples of this. The film’s action sequences and special effects are breathtaking, and they blend in well with the film’s storyline. Robert Downey Jr. continues to be hilarious as the alcoholic billionaire Tony Stark, and Tom Hiddleston is just as menacing as Loki in this film, as he was in 2011’s “Thor.” Many viewers will also enjoy the friendship between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. They are both scientists that had their high and low points, and they both agree with certain scientific theories and studies.
As amazing as “The Avengers” is, there were certain aspects of the film that might bother certain viewers. The first is the small screen-time for Hawkeye and Black Widow. They aren’t as involved in the story as the four lead heroes are. But to be fair, they were only side-characters in some of the other Marvel Comic films. The film also runs into problems when it comes to explaining how Thor got back to earth, it is briefly covered, but most viewers might view it as a cheat to get Thor on the team. There were also some fighting inconsistencies, and the occasional corny moment where most viewers cannot help but to roll their eyes.
For those who enjoyed both “Iron Man” films, “The Incredible Hulk,” “Thor,” & “Captain America: The First Avenger.” “The Avengers” will not only be the perfect choice in the theatre right now, but it might want you to “assemble” a group of friends to see it as well.