Marvel’s The Avengers comes to us as a welcomed multi-continuation of The Hulk (2008), Iron Man II (2010), Thor (2011), and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). By this time, the union of super-elite guardians of earth proposed by director of S.H.I.E.L.D “Nick Fury” (Samuel L. Jackson) called The Avengers Initiative has been put on hold. It was dismissed after Fury realized it would be panned by the government due to fears of unrest (same sort of trouble we saw brewing in the last Iron Man).
Soon, the team that would and should have been known to all as The Avengers has been assembled, but they appear to be less organized than their enemy who not only possesses great power from the realm of virtual gods, but has the added advantage of having subdued the minds of those who know the most about how to manipulate the object’s power—a bow-and-arrow-wielding “Clint Barton” known as “Hawkeye” (Jeremy Renner) and the brain behind the object’s handling, “Selvig” (Stellan Skarsgård).
But you can almost forget about that because this changes when we get to the movie’s last half where younger viewers (or otherwise lovers of beautifully extravagant destruction) will be more than gratified with what they see. Michael Bay loves to show off destruction, but director Joss Whedon here shows us how it’s really supposed to be done.
It is an ever-so-mild setback that such great efforts are taken to develop the story, and in many ways, it is too developed. Whereas in many comic book movies were stories that so easily came together, this one has some rough edges transitioning to its conclusion, be it changes in how heavy it wants to lay down the drama or the way it incorporates some plot-points. But it is hard to level any complaint against a film that carries with it this much imaginative energy and this many heroes.
Loki: “We have an army!”
Tony Stark: “And we have a Hulk!”