The Avengers (2012)

Directed by Joss Whedon

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans

This is the movie everyone was waiting for. The one thing Marvel has done right is the way they made the film since Iron Man with a plan of where they were taking the stories and in some ways, they all relate to each other. I think the main focus was getting to the Infinity War story, but to see for the first time in the film all these heroes together was really exciting. The best thing they did is from their own studios so they could have the right for all the characters in the same place, thankfully Spider-Man was added and soon the X-men and the Fantastic Four will too.

The movie begins with Loki stealing the Tesseract from S.H.I.E.L.D. and in the process taking Hawkeye and Dr. Selvig with him. Using his scepter, he is able to control both Hawkeye and Dr. Selvig. Fury quickly activates The Avengers initiative. Black Widow is sent to find and bring to back Bruce Banner to use his gamma knowledge to find the Tesseract, Fury goes to Captain America, and Agent Coulson is sent to Tony Stark. Captain America faces Loki to get the Tesseract back, he is aided by Black Widow. While facing Loki, Iron Man arrives and helps Captain America to defeat Loki. Thor enters the scene to take Loki and make him face justice in Asgard and then fights Iron Man and Captain America. Slowly the team gets together, but still, they don’t seem united and fall under Loki’s trap. He wanted to get caught to try to cause division within the team and further his plan to invade earth so he can become the ruler of earth. They are fighting over how to attack and why S.H.HI.E.L.D. lied about their plans to use the tesseract for making weapons. Hawkeye still under the spell of Loki, goes to free him and the Hulk starts a rampage and Thor tries to stop him. Loki is able is to escape, but before he kills agent Coulson. Fury uses that to inspire the group to become one, saying that now they had something in common to avenge. And then a battle begins between the Avengers and the alien army, and of course against Loki.

The film delivered on all the expectations, the story was great, all the characters had their moments and the battles were epic. It was obvious the film would show the process of them becoming a team, but I think it was done in a way that the film remained interesting and that the story was moving along. The fighting between themselves was entertaining rather than dark like in Batman v. Superman. But the thing that worked the most for was Loki as the villain. Tom Hiddleston as Loki is really one of the best characters on the Marvel films and the way he portrays it is perfect. The moment they all stand together to fight is a moment we all wanted to see and from the way, it was shot and the score, it really was epic.

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