Holy crap! That is the quickest way to sum up the awesomeness of The Avengers. The buildup to the movie itself is something to Marvel at (see what I did there). Six separate movies, with four separate hero’s, all bleed into The Avengers. There is Captain America: The First Avenger, Hulk, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Thor. It can be debated if the two Hulk movies are part of this Avengers initiative, but for the fun of it-they will be included this round.
Captain America, with Chris Evans reprising the role, shows the patriotism and leadership that he did during WWII. Robert Downey Jr. was witty and sarcastic as Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man), letting everyone else know that he was in the room. Newcomer to the Hulk character, Mark Ruffalo, I am still undecided on. I like Ruffalo in other movies I have seen him in; I am simply going to have to have a second viewing of The Avengers to see if he sold me as Bruce Banner. Last but not least was the only Avenger with just one name: Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth).
The different personalities/egos of the characters, and how they interacted drew you in. Before Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor even got a chance to fight their enemy-they were fighting each other. Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, was the leader of the special group. Jackson, gave some decent pep-talks, and wielded a rocket launcher with some ferocity. Jackson has had little screen time in previous films going into The Avengers, so his presence is long-awaited. Jeremy Renner and Scarlet Johansson played support for the superheroes as Hawkeye & Black Widow. Neither Hawkeye or Black Widow have any special powers, despite them doing special things. Some movie goers will have to suspend their belief of those two characters extraordinary abilities to enjoy the bigger picture.
The final battle scene has to be around 40-minutes, and that is not a bad thing. During those incredible scenes you get to see the full potential of each character, fighting side by side. I have never read the Avengers comic books, and I was able to follow the movie with no problem. The only research that I did going into The Avengers was previously seeing all the other stand alone movies. I think it will help if you have seen Thor before going into The Avengers, especially for the villain character Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston). There are only two things I did not like about The Avengers. The unexpected swan song of a minor character, and the hovering aircraft carrier. I just wasn’t able to suspend my disbelief on the aircraft carrier in the sky-but it did serve as the platform for some really cool action scenes. With Iron Man 3 already in pre-production, and the announcement of Thor 2-it is only a matter of time before we see Captain America 2. Mark Ruffalo has signed on as the Hulk in a six-movie deal.
Major kudos are in order for director Joss Whedon. When you see all that is going on in front of the camera, just imagine all the crew that is behind it. This was a huge undertaking for Whedon, and he composed The Avengers as if he was a veteran conductor. The closest thing The Avengers can be compared to is the Lord of the Rings Series, or maybe the Star Wars saga. The Avengers raised the bar to a new level of epic series that is going to be hard to topple.