Review: The Avengers bring heroes together in a thrilling ride

Image In an explosive, hilarious, action-packed two hour and twenty-two minute run time, The Avengers keeps audiences eyes glued to the screen. Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must unite to save the Earth from Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) thirst for revenge and desire to act as a king.

As with any movie that throws a group of powerful individuals together, not everyone gets along. Thor and Tony Stark (Iron Man) have a clash of egos. Steve Rogers (Captain America) tries to keep the peace and not ask too many questions as he was trained to do as a soldier. Stark not only pushes Bruce Banner (Hulk) to accept whom he is, but also makes him angry. Fortunately, the squabbles are believable. There isn’t a huge fight between the men that forces a breakup. Instead, they do what needs done when the time comes. It was done quiet seamlessly, especially regarding Stark and Rogers’ quibble and Hawkeye.

The two plot points that may confuse viewers are Loki and Thor’s identity and story and the Tesseract. A viewing of Thor and Captain America:The First Avenger beforehand is helpful. Aside from those issues, the plot is easy to follow. It is possible to watch the movie with no previous knowledge.

Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow, appear on the screen the most. Viewers catch a peak of her back-story, while Stark provides constant entertaining one-liners.

Seeing Black Widow play such a prominent role in The Avengers is a treat. She’s not there to be someone’s romantic interest, though it could have worked with Hawkeye without diminishing either character. She doesn’t back away from a fight and has a major role in the end. She’s stuck in the typical black bodysuit worn by many women in Marvel movies, which is somewhat aggravating. There has to be something not so sexualized that is also functional.

Tony Stark continues to dazzle with his new suits and technology. The writers found a good balance between the egomaniac we know and love and the man wanting to do something good for the world. Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) makes a couple of appearances, further showing Stark’s developing character.

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) round out the excellent cast. All three characters capture and engage the viewers well.

Those worried about the portrayal of the Hulk can set their fears aside. Mark Ruffalo nailed the role of Bruce Banner without seeming overly angsty or dramatic.

The Avengers is a must-see for action movie lovers and Marvel fans alike. Rush to the nearest theater and be ready for a wild ride.

It is rated PG-13.

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