The Avengers movie may be based on Marvel Comics, but those who aren't familiar with the super hero tales can still enjoy this blockbuster. As most comic books turned into movies, it's all about the forces of good uniting against those of evil. But while the many characters have unbelievable powers, they're also quite human, too.
What the film is all about
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has come to earth, and he plans to be King. To gain that power, he steals a cosmic cube that appeared at the end of the less popular Thor movie. Afraid of what he might do with it, Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) decides that he must gather forces to put a stop to Loki.
And so the super heroes slowly gather together, but they're not getting along at first. After all, they all have super egos to match their super powers. It isn't until a death of someone they all cared for -- which won't be spoiled here -- that they decide to unite and get rid of Loki once and for all.
The Avengers movie review
As to be expected, there are a lot of super heroes in this epic blockbuster. There's the Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), who decides to go from spying to a full-on soldier. Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) plays a big part, too, and he brings his typical banter humor to the film, just as he did in his own movie. The Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) joins too, although he -- at first -- tries to keep his "suit" in check.
Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to be the good guy who follows all the rules, but he learns that doing what is right is not always based on the rules. There's also Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) who finds himself on the wrong side of the playing field. Last but not least is Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a god amongst men.
While it is his brother Loki that everyone is fighting, this is not Thor's story. But neither is it anyone else's.
With so many characters, no one person is focused on, but that doesn't make you root for them any less. Nor is the story slowed down by the brief introduction of so many characters. The movie works because of how they start as a group that doesn't get along to ones that know how to work together -- and, yes, that does include the Hulk.
The movie is definitely a dramatic one, full of explosions and fights. But what also makes this film work so well, just as it did with Iron Man, was the humor. While Tony Stark is often the one with some wonderful quips, the Hulk has some wonderfully fun moments that you wouldn't expect.
With how well this film is doing, deservedly so, this group of super heroes is sure to be back... and thanks to the snippet after the credits start to roll, expect an even more epic battle in the sequel. Loki will seem like a breeze compared to Thanos.
Have you seen The Avengers, whether in 3D or not? What did you think of the epic blockbuster?