In one word ... wow. 'The Avengers' is one of the best 3D movies released to date - the detail and special effects right up until the end credits are superb. Director Joss Whedon ('Buffy the Vampire Slayer', 'Angel', 'Serenity') makes the mismatched characters from different worlds work. Packed full of action and humour, it is a standalone film anyone who enjoys great cinema can watch without having seen the rest of the Marvel films.
Here’s what to expect, including a few spoilers, so read on only if you dare!
An ominous otherworldly voice forecasts the demise of humans, cut to the international peace keeping S.H.I.E.L.D. team are trying to harness the power of a Cosmic Cube called the Tesseract in a top secret NASA lab somewhere in the United States of America. But the Tesseract also acts as a portal - enter Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the angry adopted brother of Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Thor previously foiled his evil brother Loki’s plans to overthrow the throne of Asgard, a peaceful realm in another universe (for the full back story be sure to watch 'Thor').
Loki has, along with some bad intentions, transported with him his trusty magical and powerful scepter, which he uses to floor the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and brainwash Professor Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) and expert marksman Clint “Hawkeye” Barton (Jeremy Renner) into becoming his minions. With the help of his new friends he leaves the lab in ruins and with the Tesseract in tow, which holds the potential for unlimited sustainable energy.
Now Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and Agents Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) must retrieve the stolen gamma radiating Tesseract from the hands of it’s wicked abductor in order to save the world. What they don’t count on is how hard it will be to get a group of Super Heroes to work together as a team.
Fury calls in a “level 7” and begins to recruit the big guns, starting with Natasha “Black Widow” Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). Successfully persuaded she begins her mission to convince Dr Bruce “The Hulk” Banner, an expert on gamma radiation, to abandon his low profile life in Kolkata to help locate the Tesseract.
After a digital round-table with faceless S.H.I.E.L.D. board members who disagree with the plan to leave the world’s fate to a handful of freaks, undeterred, Fury continues to assemble the team. He finds Steve “Captain America” Rogers taking out frustrations caused by flashbacks to his past on multiple boxing bags. Seemingly lost and in need of direction Rogers agrees to come on board.
Tony “Iron Man” Stark (Robert Downey Jr) is finishing up work on his own sustainable energy resource with the help of his long time assistant and beau Pepper Potts (Gwynth Paltrow) at Stark Tower in New York City when Agent Coulson shows up. Upset he didn’t make the initial cut for the original secret “Avengers Initiative” which was scrapped, Stark can’t contain his egocentric interest and agrees to join forces with S.H.I.E.L.D.
'The Avengers' is full of perfect movie magic moments, stunts, explosions, and although based on fiction it draws on many current global issues like greed, power, sustainability, and possibly to most relatable element - the challenges that come when working with others in a team.
SERIOUS SPOILER ALERT – this is your last warning people:
- Agent Coulson is a big fan of Captain America and asks him to sign his vintage collector cards.
- Iron Man and Thor have a spectacular, albeit childish, fight scene that Captain America has to break up.
- Black Widow fights Hawkeye.
- The Hulk fights Loki.
- A fan favourite dies.
- And stick around until the end credits have finished.
Do yourself a favour and make sure you see 'The Avengers' in all it's 3D glory when it hits cinemas across Australia and New Zealand on April 25!
Written by Elise Vout
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