After the credits for the first Iron Man film, Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) approaches Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) about the “Avengers Initiative”. Ever since that exchange, the films Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America have been building up to what has been a highly anticipated film among devotees to the Marvel Universe franchise, The Avengers. And the film doesn’t disappoint.
The Avengers starts with Nick Fury and his associates at SHIELD experiencing difficulty with the Tesseract, a cube of unspeakable power. This cube opens a portal for Loki (Tom Hiddleston), adoptive brother of Thor, to Earth where he steals the Tesseract in order to summon an alien army to the planet. Fury gathers several superheroes together to form the Avengers: Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Iron Man, and Captain America (Chris Evans). They are joined by Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). The result is a humorous (and sometimes serious) exchanging of back and forth insults and retorts. Through the incessant fighting, the members of the Avengers have to put aside their differences and egos to unite against Loki and his army from taking over Manhattan and ultimately the world.
The Avengers succeeds where other superhero ensemble films failed (Fantastic Four anyone?). A good mixture of humor, action, and drama (not to mention Hulk Smash) to please both the Marvel fan as well as the regular person who just wants to see an action film; The Avengers is a fantastic film, and a good start to the summer movie season.