By Alexandra Gutierrez
One demigod, one billionaire, an American hero, a giant green monster. A little dash of tension, a lot of explosions, and a whole lot of sarcasm. Put it all together, polish it, and what do you get? The number one movie in America.
In July, Marvel fans everywhere were left on the edge of their seats with the Avenger movie preview that showed at the end of “Captain America: The First Avenger.” All their favorite superheroes were coming together in one movie. And on May 4, they finally got to experience it.
Marvel’s “The Avengers” was directed by Joss Whedon. He is the man behind “Thor,” “Toy Story,” “Alien: Resurrection,” and “Cabin in the Woods.” The movie starred Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, and Chris Hemsworth as Thor. All these stars have had their names in the credits of a blockbuster. Downey traveled across the country with Zach Galifianakis in “Due Date,” Evans helped save the world as the Human Torch, Ruffalo found love in “13 Going on 30,” and Hemsworth was scared to death in “Cabin in the Woods.”
All the heroes are called together for the mission of their lives. The whole world is put at stake when Loki (Tom Hinddleson), the movie’s super villain, and his Chitauri army, steals the Tesseract, a blue cube that provides limitless power. At first, none of them are particularly fond of each other. Iron Man and Captain America are two different people from two totally different times and often argue, although there’s never a winner. Thor is from another planet and just doesn’t quite understand the human world. Hulk, on the other hand, has problems all his own. Controlling the raging green monster inside of you can be a not-so-easy task at times, I’m sure. Then there’s Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) who unwillingly becomes evil in the opening scene and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) who saves Hawkeye from Loki’s grasp.
When Loki escapes his cell, the Avengers leap into action. They lose a few people while trying to save their eye in the sky but it’s the wake-up call they need to become dedicated to the mission. When Iron Man realizes Loki’s plan to destroy them, he takes off for New York City. They fight the Chitauri army, which, until now was just a threat, and save the innocent civilians. When Black Widow is finally able to reach the Tesseract, she begins to close the other-worldly portal, but little does she know, danger is headed her way. Luckily, Iron Man is able to redirect what’s coming, saving what they’ve been working so hard to preserve. Through all the fighting, no other lives are lost and the Avengers are able to go their separate ways and put everything behind them.
“The Avengers” was an excellent way to kick off this summer’s movie craze. It had everything a good superhero movie needs and everything a Marvel fan wants to see. It’s a movie for every age, couples, and best friends. There’s something in the movie for everyone to enjoy so next time you want to take a trip to the theater, this is definitely a good choice.
“The Avengers” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference.