By Adam Blasucci 5/13/12

Directed by Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans,

Scarlet Johansson, Mark Ruffolo,

Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston,

Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg

Rated PG 13

Running Time: 2 hrs. and 23 min.

Five Stars Out Of Five*****


Hulk finally got his cinematic due. Filmmakers try twice to bring the Green Goliath to the silver screen with some unsatisfying results.

In the past he was only successful on the small screen with Bill Bixby’s and Lou Ferrigno’s The Incredible Hulk the beloved 70s show.

But this time Marvel passed with flying colors with getting Mark Ruffolo an excellent actor to portray Bruce Banner and matching is appearance to do his gigantic green alter ego.

You really believe he was jumping around and smashing things on the screen. My younger brother Danny loved it when the Hulk beat the tar out of Loki.

The Hulk truly was a crowd-pleasing character everybody laughed when he did something funny. Like punching Thor or pounding Loki. This please my inner child immensely.

Black Widow’s back-story and character arc from Iron Man 2 is greatly expanded in The Avengers.

Her dark and bloody past, which motivates her journey to redemption, makes her character more rounded added more dimension to her character.

The filmmakers also added more reality to her fighting style. This made her a strong and believable female superhero that can hold her own with the big boys.

Strong women and wisecracking humor are two of Joss Whedon biggest trademarks always on display in Buffy and his other projects.

Tony Stark Iron Man had a lot of great one-liners to lighten up the seriousness of the end of the world.

Like calling Thor “Point Break” and “Shakespeare in the Park”


Loki truly embraced being a villain. Using his power of deception and mistrust to keep the heroes from becoming a truly unified team.

The greatest thing about the movie is when all heroes put aside their differences and issues and unite against this great evil Loki and his alien army.

It took the loss of Agent Coulson to finally bring the team together.

The filmmakers visualized this epic portions when the camera circles the Avengers are marks the disaster scene of Midtown Manhattan.

Stan Lee’s famous Marvel method of creating interesting, flawed and moody heroes with feet of clay was very evident in the finished product.

You truly got the feeling of a dysfunctional family with epic personality conflicts that is paramount to the comic books. Joss and his collaborators

definitely brought the legendary comic book to life. The filmmakers beautifully connected the previous Marvel produced films to this epic superteam movie.

And the idea of Shield finally pays off in this film.


The FX are breathtakingly realistic and fun. Perfectly capturing the powers and abilities of each making you believe this could really happen.

The threat of the alien army was heard believable.

In the final closing credit scene were introduced to the true identity of the cosmic villain pulling the string

Thaons who we will be seeing in future Marvel movies and eventually in The Avengers 2.

Being a comic book aficionado I’m a little familiar with Thanos as I am sure some of the comic book fanatics reading this review will know also.


As you read this The Avengers will have had taken in 1 trillion more dollars at the box office.

Making it one of the busiest movies of all time. (It’s really only $103 million so far.)



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