The Avengers are a group of superheroes, gods and monsters (and a couple of overshadowed humans) tasked with fighting the battles that Earth’s conventional forces never could. The idea of a film assembling some of Marvels greatest characters into a collective to face a global threat greater than any single superhero could deal with set pulses racing around the world, not just amongst the comic geeks and fanboys, but with normal people as well.
After four years of hinting and teasing, Avengers Assemble hits the screens (with a wallop!) and to be honest it’s been worth waiting for. Just for the record The Avengers are made up of Tony Stark / Iron Man, Dr David Banner / the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow, led by Nick Fury, the director of SHIELD (which either stands for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division or Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate or more recently Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division). The idea is that the Avengers (the co-operative) will be greater than the sum of their individual parts and the Avengers (the film) will make more money than each superhero’s individual effort.
As Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury has been popping up at the end of Marvel films since 2008’s Iron Man, we (the audience) have already been introduced to the concept of solo superheroes becoming part of a bigger universe and the fact SHEILD was putting a team together. Avengers Assemble kicks off with Loki (a poor man’s General Zod), Thor’s mischievous and destructive brother (claiming, “I am burdened with glorious purpose”) making a deal (with unidentified aliens) to steal an unlimited power cube (called the Tesseract) that has the potential energy to wipe out the planet and unleash it on the Earth for his own gains…and only our miss-matched bunch of heroes can save the day.
In quick-fire session we see Avengers Recruit, a quick recap as Avengers Gets Introduced, before personalities clash and Avengers Fight (each other) swiftly followed by scenes where Avengers Get Acquainted, followed by several repetitions of Avengers Bicker (giving Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark the choicest quips and putdowns (Captain America, “Is everything a joke to you?”, Tony Stark, “Funny things are.” Stark conciliating Thor, “No hard feelings Point Break”), before Avengers Quarrel, Avengers Lose faith (“We’re not a team we’re a timebomb” chides Dr. Banner) and then (worryingly) Avengers Divide. Next Loki and (a brainwashed) Hawkeye attack SHIELD’s floating headquarters making Avengers Suffer and then Avengers Fightback! Qucikly followed by Avengers Bond, Avengers Re-assemble, Avengers Battle (the baddies) and Avengers Save the Day, before Avengers Go Out for Shawarma and Avengers Prepare (for the sequel).
Avengers Assemble became the first film to gross $200 million in its first three days of release in the US and it’s easy to see why as there is enough fun and action, noise and 3-D to distract from any plot holes or general nonsense in the film. From start to finish there is pretty much nothing but big, silly fun (and a couple of unnecessary Scarlett Johansson skin-tight, catsuit buttshots) going on, although I did feel that with that much action and excitement making its 3-D was somewhat unnecessary.
Still it’s very much anything you could want from a popcorn movie, Avengers Deliver!