Opening this Friday in theatres from director Joss Whedon comes the highly anticipated film from Marvel Studios saving the world are “The Avengers”.

This film tells the story of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) who has come to earth looking for a cube with the power of the universe. When chaos ensues, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and S.H.I.E.L.D. begin gathering up The Avengers to help.

Loki has also taken Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and scientist Selvig (Stellen Skarsgard) captive to help in his evil plot for world domination.

The team consists of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Natasha Romanoff/The Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson).

From the skies also looking for Loki is Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and he joins the others to stop the forces of evil from taking over the planet he swore to protect, even from his brother.

They will need all their powers to get the job done.

FINAL WORD: Downey has no problem reprising his role as Iron Man. Like his character Tony Stark, Downey seems to be comfortable and quite happy to put on his iron suit. His wit and sarcasm is always fun!

Hemsworth reprises his character Thor and with his hammer he keeps his promise to his friends on Earth to keep them from his twisted brother Loki. Speaking of Loki, Hiddleston come to take the planet with delusions of grandeur and wit – all done with a wickedness that makes him the perfect villain.

Ruffalo as Bruce Banner is twitchy and stays below the radar to keep “the other guy” at bay. Johannson as Romanoff wants to clean the slate in her life and the best way to do that is help her pal Hawkeye played by Renner who is also having a big year.

Jackson and Gregg reprise their roles as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Skarsgard returns as Selvig. Everyone does their part to bring this story together and there isn’t a slacker in the bunch. From start to finish the film doesn’t take a break in action or story telling.

Other cast include: Paul Bettany as the voice of Jarvis, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, and Colbie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “The Avengers” four tubs of popcorn out of five. There isn’t a Marvel fan that will be disappointed. Each character is represented evenly and that could not have been easy to do in the script writing. The humor is great, the action really cool and the cinematography with special effects works!

That being said I have to say that there is absolutely NO reason for the 3D what so ever. In fact, there are scenes where the 3D makes it difficult to follow and seriously messes up your eyes. See it in 2D, have a great time and use that extra money for bigger popcorn as this film comes in at two hours and 20 minutes.

In the end – they are here to save us all!

Movie Maven

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