The year of Blockbusters has finally begun today with the release of Marvel’s mash up of superheroes in The Avengers or, if you want to call it by its proper title (well at least the official one given to us here in Blighty) ‘Marvel’s Avengers Assemble’. But The Avengers just sounds catchier. As each Marvel film from 2008’s Iron Man onwards has been gaining fans and audiences, those keener eyes will have noticed that each addition to Marvel’s Superheroes turned movie stars has been hinting at something much bigger. And if by 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, you still weren’t sure what that bigger something would be then quite frankly, God help you.
Anyway five years after Iron Man, Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy the Vampire and writer of the recent horror Cabin In The Woods) has finally answered our prayers. Bringing together Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Captain America, Whedon has done the impossible and made this clash of egos work in a near perfect film which is almost parallel to that of Christopher Nolan’s recent reincarnation of the Batman series. Although in a somewhat different style the film still retains realism whilst sticking to the fantasy, comic book roots.
Within the first ten minutes the whole tone of the film is set with massive special effects and a great introduction to Loki, one of the greatest comic book movie villains you will ever see. This is all done before the title or any of the Avengers appears on screen. What follows is a two and a half hour masterpiece of awesome action and delightful dialogue all sprinkled with a collection of entertaining characters. Each of the superheroes are given enough amount of screentime to keep them all equal. In one particular battle sequence in the films third act, they are all weaved together seamlessly as the camera moves through the destruction Loki has left for them.
To say any more about the film would be a spoiler and at such an early stage of release it just doesn’t seem right to do so. All you need to know right now is that this is definitely worth the ticket price. Four superheroes for the price of one and enough explosions to make Michael Bay salivate with glee. Fortunately with this however, we get more storyline than Bay could ever dream up with in the Transformers franchise. The climatic third act is turned up to 11 and almost seems bigger than all of the climaxes from Marvel’s previous films put together and if you are a true fan you won’t want to leave your seat until well after the closing credits start to roll.