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Marvel Avengers Assemble

  • Drama
  • 2012
  • Joss Whedon
  • 137 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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 have their moment in the sun. Never mind changing the title from The Avengers to Avengers Assemble, this could easily be renamed Avengers Rock!.

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Credits

Cast

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Tony Stark / Iron ManRobert Downey Jr
Nick FurySamuel L Jackson
Bruce Banner / HulkMark Ruffalo
Steve Rogers / Captain AmericaChris Evans
ThorChris Hemsworth
Natasha Romanoff / Black WidowScarlett Johansson
Clint Barton / HawkeyeJeremy Renner
LokiTom Hiddleston
Agent Phil CoulsonClark Gregg
Maria HillCobie Smulders
JarvisPaul Bettany
Council memberJenny Agutter
Pepper PottsGwyneth Paltrow
Professor Erik SelvigStellan Skarsgård
The Incredible HulkLou Ferrigno
The OtherAlexis Denisof
Security guardHarry Dean Stanton
Council memberPowers Boothe
Stan LeeStan Lee
Georgi LuchkovJerzy Skolimowski
Agent Jasper SitwellMaximiliano Hernandez
Old German manKenneth Tigar

Crew

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DirectorJoss Whedon

Details

Theatrical distributor
Disney
Released on
2012-04-27
Language
English
Guidance
Edited for violence and language.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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