Marvel's the Avengers

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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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When Thor's evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), gains access to the unlimited power of the energy cube called the Tesseract, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D., initiates a superhero recruitment effort to defeat the unprecedented threat to Earth. Joining Fury's "dream team" are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

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Robert Downey Jr.
Tony Stark, Iron Man
Chris Evans
Steve Rogers, Captain America
Mark Ruffalo
Bruce Banner, Hulk
Scarlett Johansson
Natasha Romanoff, The Black Widow
Jeremy Renner
Clint Barton, Hawkeye
Stellan Skarsgård
Professor Erik Selvig
Clark Gregg
Agent Phil Coulson
Joss Whedon
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Alan Fine
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Jon Favreau
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Louis D'Esposito
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Patricia Whitcher
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Victoria Alonso
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Jeremy Latcham
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Critic Reviews for Marvel's The Avengers

All Critics (357) | Top Critics (59) | Fresh (327) | Rotten (30)

  • Of course it's about one hundred times brighter than Transformers and Michael Bay's imbecilic spinoffs, and should keep multiplexes everywhere in its competent grip. But I didn't love it.

    August 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Never underestimate the entertainment value of the Hulk Smash.

    May 8, 2012 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    CNN.com
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  • 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.

    May 8, 2012 | Full Review…
  • A movie that yells at you and geeks out in equal measures.

    May 4, 2012 | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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  • 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.

    May 4, 2012 | Full Review…
  • A spectacle in the grandest sense of the word ...

    May 4, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Laremy Legel

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Audience Reviews for Marvel's The Avengers

  • Apr 28, 2016
    The Avengers was so much fun and Marvel absolutely nailed it! Let me explain what I loved! Positives: 1. The characters; this is a no brainer! Without these awesome characters this film would be nothing. They honestly shape this film and their banter and chemistry with one another is awesome! There are a lot of humorous as well as heartfelt moments which all lend to an awesome film! 2. The villain; Loki in my opinion is the best villain of the MCU. He has motivation you understand and his rivalry with Thor is mesmerizing! Tom Hiddleston once again does a fantastic job as this character and he was the perfect villain for this movie. 3. The action; all of the action is done well! There is quite a lot of CGI, but it doesn't get in the way of the film, and because of these awesome characters all the action and explosions have weight to them. If these characters hadn't been characterized properly, and it didn't have a well made story then this film would've probably turned out like a Transformers movie. Thankfully that was not the case and all the action was awesome! Overall: I have no cons with this film that I can think of. The Avengers is one of the best comic book films I've ever seen! It is by far one of the best things Marvel has ever done and it was one of the most fun I've had watching a movie! Even if you aren't a comic book fan I guarantee you will enjoy this film! Don't go into this movie expecting a mindless action movie like Transformers, this film is a lot more deep than that.
    Diyar G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2016
    This is without a doubt the most well-made movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. With the great visionary known as Joss Whedon at the helm and with a lot of rich characters already set up previously in their own solo films (with the exception of Black Widow and Hawkeye, who appeared as secondary characters or cameos in the previous films). It is one of those movies that is always worth watching again and it's definitely deserves the title of one of the highest-grossing films of all time.
    Lasse G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2016
    Thank's to Joss Whedon's brilliant scripting and directing, The Avengers succeeds as both a stand alone picture and a great ensemble crossover for the fans. The action is non-stop, yes, but after 5 movies of build up I think it's warranted and accepted.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2016
    By far the best MCU film and one of the best superhero films of all time. The Avengers is action packed, smart, funny and filled with delicious popcorn fun!
    Mr N Super Reviewer

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