‘The Avengers’ is Marvelous

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By Ben Hanlon

Nick Fury, (Samuel L. Jackson), director of the Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-Enforcement Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.) activates the “Avenger Initiative” to begin the recently released superhero film, “The Avengers,” based on the Marvel Comics characters.
The initiative brings together the comic book and movie heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America to team up against invading aliens. The movie begins with Fury arriving at a secret research facility.
He meets with Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard), who is leading a research team experimenting on the “Tesseract 2,” a powerful glowing blue cube, an energy source of unknown potential. The ancient cube was featured in the “Captain America” movie and is in the protection of S.H.I.E.L.D. When something goes terribly wrong the Tesseract activates and opens a portal to another world, allowing the exiled god, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) to reach Earth. Loki (Chris Hemsworth) is Thor’s, (the god of thunder) evil adopted brother.
Loki takes the Tesseract and uses his staff to enslave Dr. Selvig and several other agents. After the attack, Fury sends agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) “Black Widow,” to India to recruit Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) “The Hulk.”
Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) goes to recruit Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) “Iron Man,” and Fury recruits Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), “Captain America.” The Avengers capture Loki, but lose him in a fight. When they locate him in New York City, they discover the open portal has allowed in an alien race, which are attacking the citizens. The Avenger team fights to save New York City and keep Loki from taking over the world.
With all these superheroes, you can imagine how action-packed this movie is. It keeps you on the edge of your seat nearly throughout the movie. The computer-generated animation for the explosions, collapsing buildings, alien and Hulk characters is amazing.
The actors fit their characters and are very believable. The Iron Man made wisecracks throughout the movie, which added humor to it. You don’t have to see the other Marvel Comic movies to understand this one, but it would help. You know a movie is terrific when at the end, the movie theater audience claps loudly.
The movie is 143 minutes, is rated PG-13 for violence, and was directed by Joss Whedon.