Drawing Phase One of the MCU to a close, was Marvel’s The Avengers. After carefully crafting backstories in solo movies, this coming together of the separate Avengers was the end of a first chapter in an epic tale, and Marvel’s future success hinged on it.
It begins with Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the villain of Thor, stealing the tesseract and turning Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Dr. Selvig (Stellen Skarsgård) into his slaves. In response, the Avengers Initiative is activated, and the now famous team is assembled to fight this new threat.
It’s a decent opening act that has a good pace. The best scene from this is probably the Black Widow (Johansson) interrogation scene. Once most of the Avengers are on board S.H.I.E.L.D’s Helicarrier #64, they quickly locate and capture Loki. Joined by Thor after a ……minor disagreement, they take Loki on board with them. But it is all part of his plan. As divisions among the group grow wider, Hawkeye attacks and in the confusion, and with a rampaging Hulk, Loki escapes. After Fury uses what happened to encourage the Avengers to work as a team, they must rally against Loki and the invading Chitauri fleet.
This movie has some really cool set-pieces, including the ending, where you get to see the heroes fight as a team for the very first time. That alone makes the movie worth watching. Especially when Cap is giving orders to everyone and utters the line “and Hulk………smash!” As for the Hulk himself, I think this is the best looking one we have seen. Norton’s Hulk looked good too, but I think this Hulk is better, and with a cooler transformation.
The soundtrack is good, sometimes great, like the Avengers theme and the Helicarrier. It fits the movie well. The special effects are great too. This movie is 220 million well spent, making 1.5 billion at the box office.
There is a lot of banter between the main cast, the usual Marvel humour, especially from Stark (Downey Jr.), and it sometimes feels forced but overall it works and there are some pretty funny moments.
If you watched this you probably watched all or most of the movies that came before it I’m guessing. In my opinion, this was the best Marvel MCU movie at the time. The acting is amazing all round, and while it does drop off once or twice, it’s mostly thoroughly entertaining.
Movie info from Wikipedia:
|Directed by||Joss Whedon|
|Produced by||Kevin Feige|
|Screenplay by||Joss Whedon|
|Based on||The Avengers
by Stan Lee
|Music by||Alan Silvestri|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios
|Box office||$1.519 billion|