Before 2012, the idea of a cinematic universe wasn’t truly tested. How could characters from worlds that have different rules to them co-exist? The Avengers takes these questions and tells a story that not only answers them but asks a few of its own.
The idea to use Loki as the villain saves the time of building a character that is used to meld the heroes together. Seeing the interactions between the main characters is what really makes the movie, be it the conversations between Bruce Banner and Tony Stark or interaction of Hulk and Thor.
A Full Cast of Characters
The Avengers is full of characters that we know and love and some that are brand new. We get Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark / Iron Man, Chris Evans’s Steve Rogers / Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the new Bruce Banner / Hulk, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton / Hawkeye, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Most of these characters we have already spent time with. Tony Stark, in particular, has already had two films up to the release of The Avengers. Hulk, on the other hand, was recast since his solo film, almost making him a new character. Minor characters from previous films get more prominent roles. Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Nick Fury are brought forward a little bit more but not enough to overshadow the main players of Iron Man, Captian America or Thor.
The Avengers shows action on multiple levels. There’s the intimate one on one battles between heroes and a large battle where the heroes fight against an invasion. Each action scene works on its own to give us character development. And we’re given an idea of comparative strength between each development.
The last main battle allows us to highlight each hero and even a bit of Loki. You see Captian America leading using his battle experience, and Hawkeye seeing everything and not missing with his bow. There’s even humor woven in, as we see in the funny moment of Hulk smashing the crap out of Loki and calling him “Puny god.”
The Avengers had a huge task in front of it. Bringing the tech world of Iron Man, the more mystical world of Thor, and the old-fashioned ideals of Captain America together in one place and making them work together is no small feat. Joss Weadon found a way to do all of this and make a good movie out of it.
The action of the film is a major plus but the biggest draw is the character interactions. How each character reacts with each other is what really draws you into The Avengers. The only downside that I have with this film is how Hawkeye is treated. With that said, The Avengers is such a change in the way films where made that, even if you don’t like it, you have to give it its due.
I enjoy this film even with the problem with Hawkeye’s story. The humor is spot-on and the action shows things you wouldn’t have thought you’d get to see before it was released. The Avengers is a film I’d recommend to everyone, especially fans of comic book films or the MCU.