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Marvel Avengers Assemble

Release Date 26 Apr 2012 26 Sep 2012

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Marvel Studios presents “Marvel Avengers Assemble”—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

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Robert Downey Jr. | Scarlett Johansson | Samuel L. Jackson | Gwyneth Paltrow | Chris Evans

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AVENGERS ASSEMBLE (USA/12A/142mins)

Directed by Joss Whedon. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgard, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders.

THE PLOT: After a quick ambush at S.H.I.E.L.D HQ, seminal little brother Loki (Hiddleston) has gained control of the tesseract, a large, luminescent Oxo cube that not only has untold powers but can also open a portal to outer space. Where an army awaits. And so it is finally time for S.H.I.E.L.D. master Nick Fury (Jackson) to pull together the aborted Avengers programme. Because, who knows, this band of superhero misfits – including Iron Man (Downey), Thor (Hemsworth), Captain America (Evans), Hawkeye (Renner), Black Widow (Johansson) and the Hulk (Ruffalo) – might just be able to save the day…

THE VERDICT: Finally, a Marvel film that’s a bona fide marvel. Somehow, the great Joss Whedon has managed to pull off what many people thought impossible on screen, banding together a shipload of superheroes who would normally command the full 142 minutes running time to themselves, and getting them all to work together, as one. Beautifully. Majestically. Hilariously. The result is the year’s first truly kick-ass blockbuster, with a third act that delivers a ridiculous amount of spills and thrills, and slapstick. It’s the humour that really makes this film special, riddled as it is with plenty of those Indiana Jones just-shoot-the-guy moments and the sort of self-deprecating cool that made The Incredibles so damn near perfect. Finally with a blockbuster hit to his name, Whedon has set the comic-book blockbuster bar incredibly high here. RATING: 5/5

Review by Paul Byrne 

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    JDX

    Special effects were amazing.. I almost forgot it wasn't real!! But i thought there were so many random extra scenes of "oohs" and "aaahs" that were just stupid! I was kind of disappointed in the film. i preferred them singularly !

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    Dezo

    Very enjoyable film. I'm a big avengers fan & this really ticked all the boxes for me. There are some brilliant scenes in it & the action is top notch once it happens. The characters are all given their own share of time with hulk probably coming across best. However I was most impressed with Chris Evans. He is really growing into the role of cap. The humour is very clever & definitely more aimed at the older fans. You can tell joss whedon has worked with teams before. This is a sure fire hit & I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel. Especially with the post credits scenes which is one of the coolest moments for any fan of the marvel universe

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    vepyewwo

    Overall I enjoyed this, it was entertaining and fun but I don't think I loved it as much as others seemed to. I felt the plot was a bit thin and dragged a little in parts. However I thought they did a good job of giving each of the characters their chance to shine and there was some good one liners and action scenes. I know I'm probably in the minority, but after reading a lot of reviews I was expecting to be absolutely blown away by this but I wasn't.

    • Currently 5/5 Stars.

    goldfish

    So far this is my favourite movie this year. Great entertainment, full on action from the start to the end. There are some absolutely laugh out load moments as well. OK the story is nothing new or original but I have to say they did a great job of merging all your favourite Marvel Superheros together with each getting their own piece of the action and some great interactions between them bring out a different side to some. Well worth spending your hard earned money on.

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    Mr_Twist

    With such a big undertaking for a movie i felt it couldnt be done but i was wrong - well scripted acted (bar 1 but wait for that) Hulk stole the show and he and thor had the best lone liners for the entire movie. Only real issue for this film was everything done / said on screen by Cobie Smulders whos acting could be described as an excited teenager in front of a camera too excited to do anything other than blurt lines at the screen and be lost in the action. she quite simply was the only thing wrong with this movie See it on the big screen dont bother with the 3d it was redundant Enjoy

    • Currently 5/5 Stars.

    WildRose86

    A few years in the making alright. Brilliantly put together with grit, style and big lads beating each other up. Each persoanlity of each gigantic character comes breaking through without any hassle. Whedon fantastically places them altogether. Great CGI, 3D, costumes, dialouge, wit, chemistry and fun! A film that doesn't drag!

    • Currently 3/5 Stars.

    TheAngelicDiablo

    Undoubtedly the biggest superhero adaption since The Dark Knight finally drops, and while set with the Titanic task of balancing the universes already established cast of characters with its own array of set pieces, and despite a mellowing 2nd act and an extreme case of potential CGI overkill towards the end of the third, The Avenger's (Let's face it the EU title really means nothing.) really manages to pull it off in a spectacularly.

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    tazc

    Amazing, absorbing, astounding, absolutely astonishing Avengers Assemble....need I say more....

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    Hadouken65

    A great blend of action, drama and comedy. Tony Stark is starting to grate a little but he's not the main attraction here and The Hulk steals the show with his SMASHING!

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    Al Coe

    Well the marvel movie all the fans have been waiting for since Nick Fury showed up at the end of iron man 4 years ago has arrived, was it worth the wait? Deffo! The Avengers is great and fans of all the previous movies will not be  dissapointed , you would wonder if it would work with iron Man , The Hulk, Thor & captain America etc all in one movie but it does, Tony Stark / Iron Man does get some of the best lines though.great story and great action, all go in the NY battle that will have you on the edge of your seat and the best 3D I've seen in a while.this is a must see if you like comic book movies or enjoy a good ole summer blockbuster, roll on Avengers 2 . 

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    griffiap

    I honestly wasn't sure it could be done. Make the avengers movie work with so many great characters, all of whom need their time on screen, over 2 and half hours and tying together all the movies into the single franchise. But blimey-charlie Joss not only did it but in doing so made the most enjoyable, exciting, charming and down right fun popcorn movies I've seen since, well since Serenity actually. Great action, perfectly paced (the 2 and a half hour running time just flys past), great work by all the leads (Mark Ruffalo def the best hulk yet) and with Whedons trademark light touch on the script to keep the laughs coming at just the right time. Roll on Avengers 2 and whatever Joss wants Marvel should pay him double then make him tea and give him a hug in gratitude.

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    mell61

    I loved it - adventure, CGI, tight scripting and good acting. Negatives for me were minor, I didn't think Scarlett Johannsen did much aside from wear a lycra outfit (i think her acting works best in Artie movies), Samuel L Jackson continues to play the same role as every other movie he's in, and Mark Ruffalo should really apologize to whomever he p-ed off in wardrobe so next time he gets a decent outfit! The positives, each hero gets time to place him in the story, the dialogue is snappy and clever, and Hulk has a confrontation with Loki that reminded me of Indiana jones and the knife weilding guy from Raiders! I'm going agains, being a Whedon script I figure I missed some of the lines!

    • Currently 3/5 Stars.

    Marty hanratty

    Apart from a punchy setpiece in Stuttgart, Germany, Whedon confines the action to the airship for much of the picture, all the better to maximize the impact of an extended climax that involves, as it must, the catastrophic destruction of a major metropolis. Most memorable for the image of a giant blue sphincter excreting armed-and-dangerous floaties over the city, this endgame is too pro forma to convey real danger, images of civilians fleeing en masse notwithstanding. Even still, the battles are excitingly staged, with a sweep and coherence that actually gain something from the 3D conversion, especially when the camera starts to pinball from building to building in a breathless flurry of digital zooms and tracking shots.

    • Currently 5/5 Stars.

    masonica

    It's a 4 1/2 star movie but you'd have to bring it to 5 as for starters Marvel Studios had the madness to attempt the crazy idea of the "shared universe" for their movies. Bringing together some of their biggest characters into a truly "superteam" shouldn't have worked but it does and in a film that may start off a bit slow but when it gets going it's a wonder to behold. This summer is one for the ages and the Avengers played a big part in it.

    • Currently 5/5 Stars.

    enigmab17

    Its got to get 5 stars really. Everything about it was perfect. The 3D was useless as always, but in this particular case the film its-self was f**king awesome I didn't even realise I was watching a 3D film! P.S. note to 3D producers, if your audience doesn't realise they are watching a 3D film, then that means the 3D was a failure. The story was perfect, the fight sequences amazing, and I swear to god I nearly wet myself when the Hulk starts throwing Loki around...seriously funny stuff. Whedon..you are a f**king legend! Anyway, I really have only 2 words to say about it! HULK SMASH!!

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