The Avengers

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Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

Director: Joss Whedon

Synopsis: After attacking S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury, Thor’s evil brother Loki acquires a powerful artifact known as the Tesseract. As a result, Fury pulls the trigger on a secret project he’d been working on, The Avengers Initiative. This initiative brings Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and The Hulk together, with a common goal of defeating Loki and defending the world. Through tragic turns of events, struggles of building teamwork, and clashing personalities, the Avengers try to band together and put a stop to Loki’s inter-dimensional threat before it’s too late for humanity. 

Review: This film changed the entire superhero movie genre. Never before had there been so many different heroes on one screen, and it was magnificently pulled off. Watching this motley crew of characters come together and have to work out their differences for the greater good was incredibly intriguing to watch, from Iron Man telling Cap that everything special about him came from a bottle, to Thor and The Hulk duking it out in an aircraft. The flashy action sequences and humorous one-liners make the experience feel like you are watching something straight out of a comic book. Just about every role in the movie was played to perfection, especially the established characters such as Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), and Loki (Tom Hiddleston). The special effects were on another level, showcasing aliens, exquisite combat, and a newly designed Hulk. The 2012 Avengers film took risks, being the first movie to bring multiple superheroes onto one screen, but those risks could not have paid off much better than they did. 

Favorite Scene: The entire movie is full of now-iconic scenes to the genre and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but my favorite of the film was a quick one. A brainwashed Hawkeye attacks the aircraft the Avengers operation is based on, resulting in Bruce Banner losing control and turning into The Hulk. Before he’s able to completely destroy the aircraft, Thor steps in to stop him, and gives him quite the fight. Eventually the two are separated, but it was really cool to see the new-look Hulk, and to see that someone in the Avengers could go blow for blow with him.

Recommendation: I recommend this movie to anyone who somehow hasn’t seen it. The Avengers is the staple of a generation of film making, kickstarting the hype and excitement that is currently seen as a result of the Marvel Cinematic Universe being as big as it is. It’s safe to say that at the time, The Avengers was by far one of the greatest superhero movies to have ever been made. Even if you aren’t big on superheroes, it’s worth the watch simply because of how much of an effect it had on the current state of pop culture. If you haven’t seen this movie, believe me, it’s a must watch.Β 

Thank you!! Written: Brandon Gayle

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