REVIEW: Avengers Assemble

For years, Marvel comic fans have been wondering whether an on-screen version of The Avengers would ever come to fruition, or whether the large cast of superheroes would be stuck in the pages of the comic forever. I’d always wondered whether it was physically possible to pack that many superpowers into one film. Everyone knew that getting *deep breath* Ironman, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Loki and Nick Fury wouldn’t be the easiest of tasks.

But two years ago, Joss Whedon stepped up to the plate and confirmed that he would be the man in charge of tackling such a huge feat. With old faces – Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth – and new ones – Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo – Avengers Assemble became one of the most anticipated films of 2012.

When global security is threatened by Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) must bring together a Superhero band of misfits to protect the world, known as The Avengers. But getting Iron Man to work well with others, bring Bruce Banner out of hiding, Thor back from Asgard and Captain America to accept modern society is no small task!

With so many characters, Avengers could have gone one of two ways; be absolutely awful or absolutely brilliant – this is definitely the latter Whedon keeps you entertained from the very beginning, allowing each of the characters equal screen time, letting you learn about the well established characters as well as introducing you to the new ones.

A knock-out cast helps to cement Avenger Assemble as one of the best films of the year. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is as slimey as ever, but you’ll just love to hate him. Mark Ruffalo slips seamlessly into the role of Bruce Banner/Hulk. But, like usual, Robert Downey Jr’s, Tony Stark steals show delivering brilliant one liners throughout.

The tension between each of the, often egotistical, characters means that they bounce off each other perfectly. But don’t be concerned that it’s going to be a testosterone filled battle film, there are plenty of laugh out loud moments to keep the story light.

Remember, this is a Marvel film after all, so stay during the credits!

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