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The Avengers Smashing Into Theaters

Tabby Tavares '13
Entertainment Editor
May 11, 2012

The highly anticipated film The Avengers didn’t leave fans disappointed. Joss Whedon’s epic superhero film already had the biggest opening weekend of all time, pushing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two out of its number one spot. The Avengers could have been a disaster movie, but having a comic book expert like Whedon write and direct, it is now the mega-hit that all comic fan’s have been waiting for.

The ultimate superhero team assembles to stop the deceptive God of Mischief Loki (Tom Hiddleston) after stealing a cosmic cube from the peacekeeping group, S.H.E.I.L.D. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Hawkeye, and the Black Widow must learn to get along in order to stop Loki from unleashing his alien army on New York City.

The Avengers Movie Poster
                                -image courtesy of iceposter.com

The casting done in The Avengers was fantastic! Each actor played their part so well it felt like the characters jumped right out of the comic book pages. The self-described genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist, Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, is brought back to the screen by Robert Downey Jr. Downey returned wittier than ever; this time learning to play nice with others. Chris Evans’ character, Captain America, immediately bumps heads with Tony making some of the key tension scenes in the film.

Joss Whedon and Scarlett Johansson humanized the Black Widow, making her actually have emotions, unlike in Iron-Man 2. Chris Evans succeeded in making Steve Rogers, better known as Captain America come to terms with the modern world. Everyone Rogers knew is dead and Evans captured how lonely he was.

Mark Ruffalo’s  character, the Hulk, stole the movie. The two previous Hulk films were pretty bad and the casting was just not right, but finally the clouds have parted for the big green guy and it’s all thanks to Ruffalo. When Ruffalo isn’t the Hulk, he’s Bruce Banner, a sarcastic, misunderstood guy. Ruffalo was funny and instead of referring to the Hulk as a monster or a weapon, he simply refers to him as the ‘other guy’.  Also for the first time, Ruffalo was able to play the Hulk on screen. They took the footage and like in Avatar used stop-action and stop-motion capture, literally turning him into the Hulk.

“The Hulk was awesome. They actually got him right for the first time. He was the best part of the movie,” said junior David Rochester.

Loki, the villain of the movie, played by Tom Hiddleston, is far more advanced this time around. He’s more aggressive and looks at humans as if they are ants. He claims he only wants to take over the world because under his rule there would be no wars; but he’s really just jealous of his brother, Thor.

There was only one thing that left fans scratching their heads, when Captain America and Iron Man capture Loki in the beginning of the film and are transporting him to the S.H.E.L.D. base; Thor appears out of nowhere. He comes out from the sky during a lighting storm to get Loki. Throughout the whole film it wasn’t clear as to how Thor got to Earth, confusing many movie goers. At the end of Thor the portal to the other world was broken meaning no one could have gotten to Earth.

If you are a Marvel fan, then The Avengers will be like Christmas to you. Whedon’s vision for each character and how they would interact was an unexpected success. He filled the screen with action, comedy, and tender moments. The high expectations for this film were lived up to; making this film a superhero extravaganza.

Movie Rating: 5 Stars
MPR: PG-13