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Marvel's The Avengers (2012)



Critic Consensus: Thanks to a script that emphasizes its heroes' humanity and a wealth of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.

Movie Info

Marvel Studios presents Marvel's The Avengers-the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. -- (C) Marvelmore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Joss Whedon, Zak Penn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 2012
Box Office: $623.3M
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


Robert Downey Jr.
as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Evans
as Steve Rogers/Captain...
Mark Ruffalo
as Bruce Banner/The Hul...
Scarlett Johansson
as Natasha Romanoff/Bla...
Jeremy Renner
as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Clark Gregg
as Agent Phil Coulson
Cobie Smulders
as Agent Maria Hill
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Pepper Potts
Alexis Denisof
as The Other
Tina Benko
as NASA Scientist
Jerzy Skolimowski
as Georgi Luchkov
Kirill Nikiforov
as Weaselly Thug
Jeff Wolfe
as Tall Thug
M'Laah Singh
as Young Girl
Rashmi Rustagi
as Calcutta Woman
Powers Boothe
as World Security Counc...
Jenny Agutter
as World Security Counc...
Arthur Darbinyan
as World Security Counc...
Donald Li
as World Security Counc...
Warren Kole
as Carrier BridgeTech
Alicia Sixtos
as Carrier BridgeTech
Jesse Garcia (III)
as Carrier BridgeTech
Maximiliano Hernande...
as Agent Jasper Sitwell
Dieter Riesle
as Gala Scientist
Kenneth Tigar
as German Old Man
Walter Perez
as Young Shield Pilot
Harry Dean Stanton
as Security Guard
Josh Cowdery
as Maintenance Guy
Katsumi Komatsu
as Member of Japanese F...
Yumiko Komatsu
as Member of Japanese F...
Momoko Komatsu
as Member of Japanese F...
Robert Clohessy
as Police Sergeant
Enver Gjokaj
as Young Cop
Fernanda Toker
as Office Woman
Andrea Vecchio
as News Reporter
Robin Swoboda
as News Reporter
Brent McGee
as Faceless Pilot
Jamie McShane
as Celebration Montage ...
Michael Zhang
as Celebration Montage ...
William Christopher ...
as Celebration Montage ...
Kelley Robins Hicks
as Celebration Montage ...
Romy Rosemont
as Shawna Lynde
James Eckhouse
as Senator Boynton
Stan Lee
as Himself
Pat Kiernan
as Himself
Thomas Webb
as Waitress
Don Cheadle
as Col. James Rhodes
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News & Interviews for Marvel's The Avengers

Critic Reviews for Marvel's The Avengers

All Critics (315) | Top Critics (50)

[Marvel's The Avengers] is such a pure and unadulterated comic-book movie that it will bring you to tears.

Full Review… | July 7, 2015

A lot of fun.

Full Review… | July 7, 2015
At the Movies (Australia)

Downey's Stark/Iron Man steals the show because the actor is capable of making the tritest dialogue sound wonderfully witty, but the CGI effects are amazing and, despite its length, the film is very enjoyable.

Full Review… | July 7, 2015
At the Movies (Australia)

Infusing plenty of laconic wit into his role, Robert Downey Jr is impressive as ever.

Full Review… | July 7, 2015
Hindustan Times

A big, splashy movie in which stuff blows up a lot, yet you go home talking about the actors.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Shrug however you might at a story that has to pack so many characters and tangents into 140 minutes; it will still be difficult for me to see beyond the joyous awesomeness.

Full Review… | February 6, 2015
Salt Lake City Weekly

Audience Reviews for Marvel's The Avengers

After all these years of waiting, getting bits a pieces of story that will eventually lead to the assembly of this "Avengers" team, I must say that this film goes above and beyond the boundaries of any of the Marvel films in the past. The backstories are meant for the individual films throughout the past four years and the assumed underdeveloped characters on the S.H.I.E.L.D team all get their character arcs at some point in this film. Now, a cube stolen by Loki must be retrieved and destroyed or removed, for the safety of the world. This is the opportunity to Assemble a team of heroes to fight back. This sparks a war that even a non Marvel fan will "marvel" for the rest of their lives. Even though it is a very streamline story, they pull it off with ease, making for a blast of a film. The script is very carefully written, the one-liners and jokes are gut-splittingly hilarious, the characters (along with the acting) are fantastic, the action is some of the best ever delivered by Marvel, and by the time this film concludes, you have no choice but to stand up and cheer. "The Avenger's" is definitely one of the most fun Marvel films, and I highly recommend it to any fans and non-fans alike. This film will not let you down. A summer blockbuster at it's finest!!!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


After five movies of build-up, four of Marvel's superheros finally assemble in this mega-blockbuster extravaganza. This movie is simply awesome and kick-ass in every aspect from the story, characters, acting, humor, and visual effects-driven spectacle. The final battle between the Avengers and Loki's army in the middle of a downtown area is summer blockbuster action at it's very best. Every member of the Avengers from Iron Man to even Hawkeye get their times to shine; in both the action sequences and character development. However, the true heart of the film is the joys of seeing larger-than-life figures interacting with each other. The film focuses on each of the superheros along with members of Shield learning to work together in order to take down a common enemy, and these scenes are just as compelling as the action sequences thanks to director Joss Whedon's signature witty dialogue and total respect for each individual character. Each member of the cast brings their A-game to their respective roles. One cast member that deserves special mention is Mark Ruffalo, who proves to be a great Bruce Banner. His interpretation of Banner is different from Edward Norton, but just as compelling. Another thing that deserves mention is how Whedon seamlessly nails the look of a comic book without looking cheesy or over-stylized, which is probably the first time I saw that done successfully in a comic book superhero movie. There are so many things that could have went wrong with this superhero all-star concept and Whedon pull it off with such slickness that he makes it look easy. Not only is "The Avengers" incredibly smart and fun, but it also manages to be not only the best Marvel movie but one of the greatest superhero movies of all time.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

Both Iron Man & Thor were surprisingly entertaining and witty movies - when the two meet it's not disappointing. Some great escapist fun and not just in the 3D IMAX action.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

Marvel's The Avengers Quotes

Jarvis: The barrier is pure energy. It's unbreachable.
– Submitted by Chimo H (9 months ago)
Jarvis: Sir, the Mark VII is not ready for deployment.
Tony Stark/Iron Man: Well then skip the spinning rims, we're on the clock!
– Submitted by Henry J (22 months ago)
Tony Stark/Iron Man: Have you ever had shawarma?
Bruce Banner/The Hulk: *grunts*
Tony Stark/Iron Man: There's a shawarma joint about two blocks from here. I don't know what it is but I wanna try it.
– Submitted by Henry J (22 months ago)
Loki: I have an army!
Tony Stark: We have a Hulk.
– Submitted by Sean R (2 years ago)

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