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Marvel Avengers Assemble
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The storyline that underpinned Marvel Comics adaptations since
(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
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
There's also great chemistry between the principals, who all get their moment in the sun. Never mind changing the title from
, this could easily be renamed
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
Samuel L Jackson
Bruce Banner / Hulk
Steve Rogers / Captain America
Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Agent Phil Coulson
Professor Erik Selvig
The Incredible Hulk
Harry Dean Stanton
Agent Jasper Sitwell
Old German man
DVD and Blu-ray
27 Apr 2012
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