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Marvel Avengers Assemble

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Marvel Avengers Assemble

Joss Whedon (2012)

137min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The storyline that underpinned Marvel Comics adaptations since Iron Man (2008) reached big-screen fruition with this hugely entertaining superhero epic from writer/director Joss Whedon. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr, at his quipping best), Thor, Captain America and the Hulk (motion-captured for the first time, with Mark Ruffalo debuting confidently as alter ego Bruce Banner) are brought together in a cosmos-spanning adventure. With the characters' origins already aired in their own films, Whedon immediately cuts to the action as rogue Asgardian god Loki (played with serpentine glee by Tom Hiddleston) infiltrates spy agency SHIELD to steal an all-powerful gizmo to help an alien race invade Earth. It's then up to SHIELD boss Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) to mobilise his bickering team of heroes to save the world. They brawl, they bond and then, boy, do they kick some alien butt in a city-wrecking slugfest that puts Michael Bay's bombastic Transformers franchise in the shade. The action is everything you would expect from "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" and fans will be in hog heaven as Thor goes toe-to-toe with Iron Man and Hulk, and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow gives as good as she gets. So far, so comic book, but what raises this escapade above the merely awesome is a script brimming with the snappy, laugh-out-loud banter and moments that were a staple of Whedon's TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. There's also great chemistry between the principals, who all get their moment in the sun. Never mind changing the title from The Avengers to Avengers Assemble, this could easily be renamed Avengers Rock!.

Summary

A mystical artefact is stolen from a top-secret military base by Thor's brother Loki, who plans to use it to bring about an alien invasion. Spymaster Nick Fury brings together a team of superheroes, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk, to defend Earth from the impending attack. Action adventure uniting the Marvel comic-book characters, starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L Jackson.

Cast & Crew

Tony Stark / Iron Man Robert Downey Jr
Nick Fury Samuel L Jackson
Bruce Banner / Hulk Mark Ruffalo
Steve Rogers / Captain America Chris Evans
Thor Chris Hemsworth
Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow Scarlett Johansson
Clint Barton / Hawkeye Jeremy Renner
Loki Tom Hiddleston
Agent Phil Coulson Clark Gregg
Maria Hill Cobie Smulders
Jarvis Paul Bettany
Council member Jenny Agutter
Pepper Potts Gwyneth Paltrow
Professor Erik Selvig Stellan Skarsgård
The Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno
The Other Alexis Denisof
Security guard Harry Dean Stanton
Council member Powers Boothe
Stan Lee Stan Lee
Georgi Luchkov Jerzy Skolimowski
Agent Jasper Sitwell Maximiliano Hernandez
Old German man Kenneth Tigar
Director Joss Whedon
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Disney Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 27 Apr 2012

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