By Moises Murillo
Delivering almost everything it promised and more, Marvel’s The Avengers made its long awaited journey to movie screens everywhere May 4. Diehard fans and moviegoers will enjoy the much-hyped superhero epic, which ranges in formats from IMAX 3D, RealD, and Digital 3D.
All movies possess positives and negatives and this movie is no exception. At 143 minutes, this film might seem to drag out a bit too much. The character development takes too long since just about anyone who has ever lived knows about these superheroes. Falling in conformity with just about every other action movie, this one renders too many high-flying action sequences. These battles may prove to be anti-climactic before the final moment of truth is exposed for the superheroes or may be the catalyst needed to culminate a prodigious ending.
Director Joss Whedon’s (“Buffy, the Vampire Slayer) screenplay and directing, Zak Penn’s (The Incredible Hulk) writing, and a cast of superheroes with super egos form a serious story full of bickering and contending for authority with just the right amount of entertaining dialogue. How else would Whedon keep a time bomb consisting of a demigod, a super soldier, a man with breathtaking anger management issues, a couple of master assassins, and a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist from exploding?
Assembling extraordinary beings to rebirth his Avenger Initiative, Fury becomes master of a peculiar circus. In center stage, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America; Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man; Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk; Chris Hemsworth as Asgardian God of Thunder/Thor; Scarlet Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow; and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye.
On stage two we have Clark Gregg as agent Phil Coulson; Cobie Smulders as agent Maria Hill; and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts. These circus performers must help Fury tame the lion known as the evil Loki (Tom Hiddleston), an Asgardian prince and half-brother of Thor. This antagonist has the sole purpose of freeing the world from freedom.
If you have become a fan of Downey’s smart aleck humor in Iron Man, you are in for a treat. Playing off of the heroic Captain America, Downey has set up many punch lines for the audience to catch.
Johansson proves to be a cold assassin with the exception of a soft spot for Renner’s character, Hawkeye. Fury’s motives are put in the interrogation room while Thor and half-brother Loki bicker like children over who gets to play with a toy first.
Mark Ruffalo truly outperformed the previous incarnations of the Incredible Hulk. Ruffalo was able to portray something that Lou Ferrigno, Eric Bana, nor Edward Norton were able to as Bruce Banner: his sensitivity. Banner tries to avoid “the other guy,”the Hulk; his uncontrollable alter-ego.
If you’re hoping for Michael Bay-esque special effects and battles, you are watching the correct movie. Hulk will have you fighting over who gets to clench to the arm rests as he and the rest of the Avengers fight Loki and his Chitaurian army.
In layman’s term, this movie is a must watch. If this has yet to convince you, maybe the shattering record of $200.3 million in sales opening weekend might. Numbers don’t lie.
Marvel’s The Avengers: 4.5/5