What would happen if you were to get some of the biggest action heroes together and put them in the same film in the hope of making one big action film. Well that happened with The Expendables but from what I have heard (seeing as I have not seen it) it is a bit emotional. What it should be is Kurt Russell, Bruce Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Seagal, Sylvester Stallone, Mr. T, Wesley Snipes and Chuck Norris. Well who knows seeing as Bruce Lee is sadly no longer around. So I suppose we could turn our head towards Super Hero’s instead and that’s what we have here.
Avengers Assemble (if you saw the UK version) is a film based on the comic book Super-Group from Marvel Comics and it is made up of a group of mostly single heroes who only work together if the threat is big enough. We have Captain America (well they are mostly American and one bloke from Asgard, no sign of anyone one from Britain, so I take it that if Britain was threatened The Avengers would not lift a finger), Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, The Black Widow and Hawkeye. Now the only thing I really know about the Avengers is from what has happened in recent comics of Essential X-Men. When it came to films it would only be a matter of time before the characters would meet up. However I was a bit worried about this film before going to see it, I will explain why later.
The film starts off at a scientific base (well, in space technically with a strange race of creatures) which is undergoing an evacuation. Due to a small blue box the fallen Asgardian Loki emerges from a portal and takes control of several Shield Employees (including Hawkeye) and escape with Nick Fury in pursuit and Fury’s female aide stuck underground trying to get people out. Well Fury can see there is a problem and brings several super agents together onto a giant aircraft carrier. It begins to submerge (which is kind of similar to something I made up in my head to amuse myself) just as I am going to the toilet so I lost about 3 minutes of film about here.
I come back into the screen and plans are made to capture Loki. A fight begins in Germany with Captain America and Iron Man fighting Loki after Loki tries to get a crowd to submit to his rule, Loki surrenders. On the way back to Shield Headquarters Loki is snatched by Thor who tries to find out why he is doing this. A fight breaks out between captain America, Iron Man and Thor before they agree to go the base, while the Black Widow and Bruce Banner are already there. Iron Man and Banner set to work with gamma radiation science while everyone else try to find ways of socializing. It is later revealed that Shield wants the blue square to create weapons to fight people like Thor. It is also revealed that Loki wants the Hulk to come out and cause Havoc. While Fury tries to fight his corner he also tries to keep Banner calm and this whole scene almost becomes a cross between bullying and someone trying to section somebody. Well Hawkeye and some soldiers attack the carrier which causes havoc by destroying an engine keeping it in the sky. The Hulk is unleashed while Iron Man and Captain America try to fix the engine. Eventually the Hulk falls towards the earth and so does Iron Man. Agent Coulson gets killed by Loki and it is through his inspiration that causes some of the team to work together while a couple of them have disappeared.
Loki opens a portal above New York thanks to the blue square from Stark Tower (an interesting piece of special effects due to the fact that there is no real building in new york that is shaped like that) and releases an army of supernatural soldiers and Dragons. The team fights the enemy until the arrival of Thor who goes after Loki and Bruce Banner. Banner turns into The Hulk at will when he reveals his secret for keeping him suppressed. The Avengers fight together with the Hulk going after Loki and beating him into submission. A council of mysterious people launch a Nuke at New York in an attempt to destroy all the freaks, Iron Man manages to direct it into the portal and destroy the remaining forces, he then falls through the Portal before it is closed. Now Heroes the Avengers go their separate ways with Thor taking Loki and the blue square to Asgard. Fury then tells his aide that the team will come back together, because they are all the earth has.
The film is very good and manages to get a good story out of the characters. As I said earlier I was a bit worried about this film, the thing I was worried about was the Idea of all these characters coming together. I was worried that the film was going to be too good, in other words, bad, like it was not going to work, however it did work and bringing in emotions to the characters cemented this.
It is a good cast of characters. I did not see Captain America because to me it is not captain America. He is supposed to have wings on either side of his head gear – sticking out not painted on. That’s why I did not go to see it, in protest. However it was a good delivery of the character in this film.
Samuel L Jackson is an amazing choice for Nick Fury. He has both an action style to him while still being wise enough to be a leader. Scarlett Johansson is similar but more action than Jackson and is a bit more respectful towards the other characters and knows how to treat them properly, like when she tries to keep Banner from turning into the Hulk. Robert Downey Jr. is as fun as always as Iron man and is always a treat to see him as Iron Man. However there are two shield agents who need particular mention. Agent Coulson in the previous films was a bit more comic relief than serious but when Thor comes into the picture you can see a more human side to him and a sort of friendship with Thor and so when he dies it is that more powerful, especially seeing as you have only just got to know him. Possibly the most underrated character in the film is Maria Hill (Fury’s female aide played by Cobie Smulders). All her scenes were good; her character is like the background job who keeps the engines running. Technically without her Fury would be out of control and so while the other characters are fighting the enemy on the carrier she is focused on making the carrier stay in the air by coordinating everything. It is a shame she does not have more of a part in the film and so with that in mind I hope she gets more of a part in any future sequels.
However the main attractions are Thor and Hulk. Firstly out of all the previous films to feature the main characters, Thor is my favourite (and won several awards at my film awards). Thor has more depth to his character and is a serious force to be reckoned with, he is not a man he is a Norse God. He also speaks proper English (where as everyone else speaks American) so you can easily understand what he is saying. However, people who may not have seen Thor previously may be a bit confused about him which could be difficult. From the start he keeps the film credible (at least for me as I stated earlier when I said I was worried). Then we have The Hulk. It has been 4 years since the last time The Hulk was on the Big Screen. Mark Ruffalo is the third person to play the character since Hulk came out in 2003. I liked Edward Norton as the Hulk and Eric Bana was good (also because his last name is pronounced Banner, which makes him almost perfect for the role in terms of character………. and name). However Ruffalo is good as Banner but the real treat comes in the form of the big man himself. During the city scenes when he is destroying everything it is Amazing and when you mix that with his comedy pieces included (including clobbering Loki and punching Thor) you kind of start to wonder why Marvel have not produced a film in the last four years, it is time for another Hulk film. At the point in the film when Fury is trying to keep him calm (and supposedly get him into that big round jar, a bit like sectioning) I did start to really connect with the human character……… and the green dude as I almost became The Hulk because it was making me angry at the bully (Fury) was treating him. This also raised an interesting question which I will cover next month. However, there was one thing missing, I wonder what it was?
OK Captain America says it but The Hulk is supposed to say it.
It is also good to see several supporting characters from previous films including Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts. The Avengers as a whole is a very Good film and is currently sitting as my second favourite film this year, so not as Fantastic as a certain film I saw a couple of months ago. However there are several big films still to come out this year including Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman and of course The Dark Knight Rises. So while it is a Good film, enjoy it now because it may not last. It is worth seeing and really enjoyable with some really good characters but remember to keep Fury’s aide, Coulson, Thor and The Hulk in mind because their parts are the most enjoyable.