Superheroes unite in ‘The Avengers’

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By Jeff Moreno

This film is a must-see for all comic book enthusiasts, thrill-seeking fiends, and superhero admirers. The Avengers,  directed by Joss Whedon, has you at the edge of your seat from the fade from black to the credit roll.
The Avengers is just as exciting as a high-octane action roller coaster, and it will captivate every audience member, from the booger-picking youngsters to the old timers that actually read comic books.
For a brief plot description, Nick Fury of SHIELD brings together the Avengers, a team of super humans that he organizes to help save the Earth from Loki, a villain that invades from outer-space.
Loki, who carries an extremely powerful spear-like weapon, and his terrifying army of extraterristrials threaten to take over the Earth. The audience is constantly in suspense, as these invaders come equipped with a completely unpredictable and seemingly unstoppable supply of weapons that modern technology on Earth is not ready for.  Regardless of their inability to be stopped on this planet, the audience is constantly questioning whether or not these superheroes a ready to face invaders from another world.
The team is comprised of playboy and Iron Man Tony Stark, demigod Thor, vintage Captain America, the green and angry Hulk, Hawkeye, and the Black Widow. The team’s overall mission is to combine forces and talents to save the world by stopping Loki and his terrible army.
The most impressive part of this film is not the special effects or the action-packed scenes, but rather the way in which Whedon is able to make sure that each star in this incredible cast (including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Chris Hemswroth) has an equal amount of screen time and importance in the plot.
Considering that most of the actors in the cast have been leads in their own films, it is difficult to make sure they do not clash with each other.  However, the witty and humorous screenplay allows them all to share the silver screen evenly.
To say the least, Whedon’s decision to ensure that every star could shine was extremely artisitic and quite difficult to execute. If the $200,300,000 that this film made in its first weekend in theatres, beating Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 by $30 million, is not enough of an indication, let me assure you that this is definitely a must-see film. In other words, The Avengers is the latest trend, and you don’t want to be that guy who hasn’t seen it yet. The Avengers’ budget was estimated to be about $220,000,000, and its filmmakers and producers are already quite close to breaking even in the film’s first weekend.
With the last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, The Dark Knight Rises, coming out later this season, this is apparently the summer of the superhero films.  The Avengers will be a hard act to follow.
Because there is already so much conflict in the plot to begin with, there is very little time for any development of subplots that audience-members, especially superhero fanatics, may be left wondering about.
For example, we see little of Tony Stark and Pepper’s married life and only a few snippits of playful interaction between the superheroes that really showcase the friendships and competitiveness with one another.
If you are wondering where Spiderman is in the last scene where there is an epic battle in New York City, you might want to stay after the credits roll.  There is a last-minute scene that will interest you.

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