Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

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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.

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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) Marvel
Rating: PG13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Joss Whedon
Written By: Joss Whedon , Zak Penn
In Theaters: wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site

Cast

Robert Downey Jr.
as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Chris Evans
as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Mark Ruffalo
as Bruce Banner/The Hulk
Scarlett Johansson
as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
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 Council Member
Jenny Agutter
as World Security Council Member
Arthur Darbinyan
as World Security Council Member
Donald Li
as World Security Council Member
Warren Kole
as Carrier BridgeTech
Alicia Sixtos
as Carrier BridgeTech
Jesse Garcia (III)
as Carrier BridgeTech
Maximiliano Hernandez
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 Family
Yumiko Komatsu
as Member of Japanese Family
Momoko Komatsu
as Member of Japanese Family
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 Interviewee
Michael Zhang
as Celebration Montage Interviewee
William Christopher Stevens
as Celebration Montage Interviewee
Kelley Robins Hicks
as Celebration Montage Interviewee
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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Critic Reviews for Marvel's The Avengers

All Critics (317) | Top Critics (50)

Never underestimate the entertainment value of the Hulk Smash.

Full Review… | May 8, 2012
CNN.com
Top Critic

If you are a Marvel fan, then The Avengers will feel like Christmas. Thanks to the merry doings of the director, Joss Whedon, all your favorite characters are here, as shiny and as tempting as presents under the tree.

Full Review… | May 7, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

Ultimately, it all comes back to Whedon: His clear vision for each character and how they might be profitably intermingled; his unexpected knack for action choreography; his funny, tender, immaculately constructed script.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

A spectacle in the grandest sense of the word ...

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Film.com
Top Critic

Whedon, a pop-genre magician best known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is a master of viewer manipulation - because he never gives up his own seat in the crowd.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The performances are so well-pitched in The Avengers, meshing with such vividness and ease, that it's tempting to overpraise the good but not great movie that surrounds them.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

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
½

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

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
Ross Collins

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