Wow, the Comic Book hero film that I have been waiting for!
Since the start of the Marvel series of films there has been a growing expectation that there would be an Avengers movie made, a chance to see the combined skills of our super hero’s taking on the ultra bad guys against insane odds.
The story itself has elements of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ as our group of gifted individuals are brought together by arch spy Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) to rescue the earth from impending disaster as the dark forces of Chitauri are led by Loci (Tom Hiddlestone) in an attempt to conquer the world and capture the Tesseract an infinite power source.
The film spends time developing background stories for each of the characters and flows effectively to show that alliances built on adversity help form a team capable of responding to the various challenges that an alien invasion will throw at them.
From the start Iron man (Robert Downey Junior) alias Tony Stark genius billionaire and philanthropist is quick witted and sharp tongued constantly goading the benign Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to turn green, this interchange sets a tone of humour that is carried throughout the film with many laugh out loud moments, my favourite being the Hulks disregard for Loki’s status as a ‘God’.
Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) have less flamboyant skills but there casting is good and they are not overshadowed by their more famous team members, and finally Captain America steps into the 21 century with an ease and innocence that makes him a captivating presence on screen.
Like many Sci-Fi cinema fans I have sat through a raft of Comic Book interpretations that have been OK but in the Avengers the good guys beating the bad guys has never looked so good – but still the age old question remains, how does the Hulk keep his pants from ripping?