Marvel Avengers Assemble (2012) – 7/10 super-hero fantasy action movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Joss Whedon
Writer (Story): Zak Penn
Writer (Story): Joss Whedon
Writer (Screenplay): Joss Whedon
Producer: Kevin Feige
Executive Producer: Stan Lee
Robert Downey, Jr.: Tony Stark / Iron Man
Chris Evans: Steve Rogers / Captain America
Mark Ruffalo: Bruce Banner / The Hulk
Chris Hemsworth: Thor
Scarlett Johansson: Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Jeremy Renner: Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Tom Hiddleston: Loki
Stellan Skarsgård: Selvig
Samuel L. Jackson: Nick Fury
Stan Lee:
Based on the Marvel Comics: Stan Lee
Based on the Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Captain America: Joe Simon
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Captain America: Jack Kirby

Marvel Avengers Assemble (2012)

SHIELD has been investigating and harboring the Tesseract and have come to the conclusion that it can be a source of unlimited sustainable power. They’re not the only ones, though, and Loki has struck himself a deal that if he can capture and return the Tesseract to some kind of alien dudes, he can rule Earth. Reeling from Loki’s attack, Nick Fury and SHIELD know that their only hope is to assemble every super-powered being they know about and stop them swatting each other with their ego’s long enough to punch evil. Hard.

7/10

A couple of stand-out gags help you notice that a bit more care than usual has been taken on some of the details of superhero movies: death-bed speeches don’t work out (because the person dies), tactics and purpose (however slight) exist for most of the action sequences, the final showdown fight is the absolute highlight of the movie (by miles) and Samuel L. Jackson has apparently been hiding a rocket launcher under his trenchcoat for all five movies. However, the plot isn’t clearly presented; it makes no sense even while you’re watching it (why does Loki want Hulk there?). Additionally, the story feels like a wasted opportunity. Thor built upon a recognisable and interesting human story of fathers and sons and Avengers Assemble (boy, I hate that title) had the opportunity to continue that. The scenes between Loki and Thor, good though they are, are too brief and too sidelined to allow this movie to have that solid dramatic backbone. So Avengers Assemble is entertaining, spectacular and fun; and, while it could have been more, that’s enough.

This movie contains bad language and extreme fantasy violence, extremely unpleasant scene.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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