Any readers of my blog knows that I love superheroes and in particular Superman but I also do love the Marvel superhero movies that was kicked off with 2008’s Iron Man and most recently with last year’s Thor and Captain America.
In between we had Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk and all those movies have led us to Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.
I would have to say that the only two movies of all the ones leading up to The Avengers that you should see beforehand is Thor and Captain America. The villain of The Avengers is Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who comes from Thor and the object that everyone is after the Tesseract comes from Captain America. Perhaps one needs to see Iron Man 2 to understand where Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) comes from.
The basic premise of The Avengers is Loki wants the Tesseract to open up a portal that would allow this alien race to come through so he could take over the Earth. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) needs to recover the Tesseract and needs to assemble the team of heroes known as the Avengers that comprises of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Black Widow. Offering hero support is S.H.I.E.L.D agents Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg-who is the unifying character in all the Marvel movies). There is also a cameo by Gwyneth Paltrow who plays Iron Man’s love interest Pepper Pots. My guess by including Pepper, you are giving that love interest angle that is in all super hero films. There is a mention of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster from Thor in the film too. But overall, considering all the action in this film, there is little time for romance for our heroes.
I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to spoil the film for those that haven’t seen it but there was a death of a character that I thought was pretty heart breaking.
What I love most about the Avengers is the humour that Joss Whedon infused into the film. I laughed so hard during the film that I literally almost peed in my pants. All of the good lines are delivered by Downey’s Tony Stark but Steve Rogers and Bruce Banner also gets off some quips too.
The action sequences are also outstanding that all leads up to the epic battle in New York City. I will say one SPOILER ALERT because it was my favourite scene in the film and that is when Loki was taunting the Hulk saying that he is beneath him and then the Hulk all of sudden grabs Loki and just tosses him around like a rag doll. It was so hilarious and we all applauded when that scene happened.
Another scene that I loved was when we had all the heroes in a circle ready to fight the alien invasion, it was just so cool to see all the heroes together on screen as a team joined together as earlier on, they was tons of in-fighting between them. It reminded of a scene in Smallville season 6 episode Justice where we had Superman, Aquaman, Impulse, Green Arrow and Cyborg all walking in a line together after taking down a Luthorcorp facility but of course the Avengers was way more epic.
And I did enjoy Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow as she was the only female super hero of the bunch who more than holds her own against all that testosterone. I still enjoyed Chris Evans’ earnest Captain America when I saw him in last year’s film of the same name. I loved how he took charge of the team and because of his war hero status is almost the de-facto leader with Iron Man.
There was a scene in Avengers that reminds me a lot of Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace. I will tell you why after this SPOILER ALERT. It is the scene where Iron Man takes the nuke that will blow up Manhattan into the portal that Loki opened and it crashes into that space ship. Once the space ship is destroyed, all the aliens on Earth all de-power and collapse kind of like the droid army did in Phantom Menace.
But seeing the film in 3D was not worth it because there was no real scenes that were memorable in that format.
And don’t leave the theatre until the bloody end as there are two extra scenes at the end where one sets up a potential sequel and the other one is just pure fun and references something that Tony Stark says in the movie.
The first Avengers has definitely made me look forward to seeing any future Marvel movies that feature these superheroes.