Fast forward to 2012 and after seeing Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America in their own movies, the time has come for Joss Whedon to release his take of ‘The Avengers’ upon us.
When it was announced that Joss Whedon got the job of directing the perhaps toughest Marvel movie to date, fans were excited, and after watching it today I can tell you that he has done an excellent job.
The story is as straightforward as they come, Loki (Thor’s brother) has made a deal with the Centaurians, an alien race, to get control over the world. In exchange for this, Loki must give them the cosmic cube. The cube is an unlimited power source and has already been glimpsed at in the Thor and Captain America movie.
From there on it’s a rollercoaster ride which sees us revisiting Bruce Banner where we left him in ”The Incredible Hulk” played by an excellent Mark Ruffalo. Black Widow, Iron Man, Thor and Captain America all get such similar introductions, and ofcourse thats the main trap that Joss needed to avoid whilst making this.
With such a wide range of characters to use, you have to find a balance for the movie.
And for the most part he succeeds,even if there are a few instances when you feel that the exposure everyone is getting, setting up their internal motivations and their larger than life characters, could have been trimmed down a bit.
But, as an individual who watched all the Marvel movies preceeding this one, I can understand newcomers need somewhat of an introduction as well. Having said that, if you are a fan of Marvel and its universe, this movie is singlehandedly the best comic book movie ( at least regarding Marvel ) that there is to find. It’s a good thing that the main story has been kept simple because it serves as a great setting for all of our favourite heroes to shine.
The Hulk is easily my favourite, and even if he’s not your pick, he’s bound to be it after seeing this movie. Mark Ruffalo does a lot with the part and manages to make Bruce Banner a more layered and sincere persona than he was when Edward Norton portrayed him in 2008. His Hulk is also the best looking one in CGI and walks away with some of the films best scenes and jokes. Whedon, who is known for depicting strong females, manages to give Black Widow an overhaul as well, making her stand fierce amongst all the other superheroes.
Robert Downey owns his part of the rich billionaire playboy Tony Stark and brings his usual cocky humor.
To round things off we get Thor and Captain America, both revisit their roles and manage to bring their own flavour into the Avengers. The odd one out is Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, who does feature prominently in a few scenes but to me felt a bit out of place.
Its a large cast and like mentioned, for 90 percent of the time it works.
When the movie is done you are left wanting more (and those waiting for the mid-credits scene will definitely get more) and for a movie that had so many traps to avoid, we should all applaude for Joss Whedon.
However, this is still an avengers movie, it just manages to bring some of Whedon’s humor into it, as well as some clever sight gags and lots of noticable love for the characters he shows. Without delving into spoiler territory: The mid credits scene definitely leaves a big opening for a new character to wreak havoc to our beloved Avengers.
To summarize: This is the movie all comic book nerds have been waiting for, to all the uninitiated: this is probably one of the biggest blockbusters of 2012, featuring great characters, humor, action and lots of wow moments, check it out: asap!