STARRING: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson
EARNED (Worldwide): $1.5bn
AWARDS: None (Oscar Nomination for Best Visual Effects and BAFTA Nomination for Best Visual Effects)
Earth’s mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.
Loki (Brother of Thor!) has teamed up with the Chitauri Army and uses the power of the Tesseract to travel to Earth and begin plotting an invasion of Earth by the Chitauri in the hopes of conquering and ruling it. In response to the destruction at a remote research facility, the director of the S.H.I.E.L.D Nick Fury reactivates the ‘Avengers Initiative’, gathering Earth’s mightiest heroes together to save the world.
Regardless of your views of comic book film adaptations at the minute, let alone the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers is an iconic moment in cinema for the simple reason of having the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Thor and Hawkeye aka The Avengers, appear on screen together for the first time. Granted it now seems enough time has passed for enough people to now not enjoy it as much as they did when it came out a few years ago but there’s still plenty of enjoyment for me to find here, while the plot is straight forward, the special effects are terrific here and not as overloaded as what its sequel Age of Ultron became with a great sense of fun that should come from a summer blockbuster. Whedon does a terrific job with the directing and also giving each individual member of the Avengers their moment to shine (technically Barton aka Hawkeye has a really good fight scene against Black Widow but that’s when he’s under Loki’s influence) and the performances are solid here from actors that have been in the roles for a while and the obvious standout is Tom Hiddleston’s performance as Loki.
FAVOURITE SCENE: Bruce Banner turns into the Hulk and smashes a giant worm thing, Tony blows it up and we spin around the Avengers banded together. This scene and the Avengers theme just makes the scene more iconic.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Bruce Banner: I don’t think we should be focusing on Loki. That guy’s brain is a bag full of cats. You can smell crazy on him.
Thor: Have a care how you speak! Loki is beyond reason, but he is of Asgard and he is my brother!
Natasha Romanoff: He killed eighty people in two days.
Thor: He’s adopted.’
DID YOU KNOW?: Robert Downey Jr. kept food hidden all over the lab set and apparently nobody could find where it was, so they just let him continue doing it. In the movie, that’s his actual food he’s offering and when he was eating, it wasn’t scripted. He was just hungry.