The Avengers (2012) – Movie Review

The Avengers also known as "Avengers Assemble" in the United Kingdom is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. For the uninitiated, The Avengers is the ultimate film that Marvel has been begun with Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). In each of those films, we have seen Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. appeared in the all the films’ post-credit scenes to recruit Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction as part of the "Avenger Initiative".

The Avengers consists of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), demigod Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) where the latter two are part of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Nick Fury brings them together in order to save Earth from Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his army.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The Avengers
The Avengers

The film starts with Loki’s invasion of Earth through a portal constructed by the Tesseract, a powerful blue cube and causes major havoc to S.H.I.E.L.D. facility. Hawkeye, agent and master archer, Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Nick Fury all fail to stop Loki as he possesses Gungnir, a powerful spear originally owned by Odin. Instead of killing Hawkeye and Professor Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård), Loki uses mind control on them as they can be proved useful for his plan.

Loki’s main plan is more than just a vengeance mission after his brother Thor has sent him to oblivion. Loki is brutal and has a mind of a tyrant and he’s determine to see all human worship him as a form of world peace. As part of his world domination scheme, Loki has been given the Chitauri army in a promise that he will obtain the Tesseract for them.

From this moment onwards, the film begins its exhilarating ride of thrilling and non-stop action, witty humors and non-stop entertainment. Despite having an ensemble cast, Whedon manages to pull this off by giving every characters equal screen time as he brings out the very best in them without overdoing any of them. Even Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Agent Maria Hill get some screen time — Coulson reveals that he’s a big fan of Captain America with his collection of Captain America trading cards.

As the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury has to quickly assemble his team of "The Avengers" to stop Loki to prevent any further destruction of Earth and to retrieve the stolen Tesseract. Agent Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow is summoned from Russia who later helps to find Dr. Bruce Banner from a hideout in India. Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man is being called upon as well.

Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America who is in the care of S.H.I.E.L.D. is sent to stop Loki in Germany, but is easily overwhelmed until Iron Man appears and the duo manage to stop Loki and escort him to the Helicarrier until Thor intervenes with his unfinished business with his brother.

Thor, Iron Man and Captain America dealing with each other in "The Avengers"
Thor, Iron Man and Captain America dealing with each other in "The Avengers"

As expected, the superheroes don’t get along well with one another as they frequently trade blow just to show who’s mightier. As Thor is having a heated argument with Loki, Iron Man disrupts and the fight between Iron Man and Thor ensues until Captain America puts a stop to the fight.

Consequently, Loki is imprisoned in a high-tech lock-up (which is built for something a lot stronger than Loki) within the Helicarrier. Loki manages to cause a major disagreement between the members of The Avengers to distract them while he plans an escape. Using his abilities, Loki has his "men" led by Hawkeye (who is under mind control) to hijack the ship in a breakout attempt.

Thereafter, plenty of action sequence follows and a bit of disarray as The Avengers is totally unprepared and does not gel well as a team in the beginning. Thor is tricked by Loki, the God of Lies and Mischief into the cell and is then sent away by Loki. The Hulk is also out of control as he wrecks the ship and attacks almost anyone who crosses paths with him until he’s tricked off the plane. Black Widow faces off with Hawkeye while Iron Man manually powers the failed engine.

Eventually, Hawkeye is knocked off from Loki’s mind control by Black Widow; Iron Man and Captain America work with each other to help to fix the ship. However, Agent Coulson is killed by Loki and Loki has managed to escape despite being blasted off by a S.H.I.E.L.D.’s secret weapon still in its prototype.

At this point though, Nick Fury learns that the team needs to work together in order to fend off what’s about to come and dishes out a desperate manoeuvre. Fury splashes blood on Coulson’s Captain American trading cards and uses them as an excuse to motivate The Avengers team.

Professor Selvig manages to harvest the power of the Tesseract in order to open up a portal for the Chitauri army.

Thor and Captain America in "The Avengers"
Thor and Captain America in "The Avengers"

In the final action sequence, the battles of Loki and his Chitauri army with The Avengers prove to be among the best action sequences for a superhero genre. Together with witty humors which are perfectly fitted, Whedon has literally transformed the comic book into a nearly perfect superhero live-action film. Whedon’s writing role has certainly helped the film in many areas.

Nearly every characters in the film has a funny line and this includes Black Widow and even The Hulk. Puny God.

The Avengers manages to pull off this time around as they keep the enemies at bay and protect the Earth, but not without team work. In the end, Loki is taken prisoner to Asgard by Thor as the rest of The Avengers goes on separate ways with Banner and Stark leaving together in Stark’s Acura.

Overall, The Avengers is simply mind-blowing from the start to the finish — with non-stop actions, funny moments, thrilling scenes and entertainment at its best. Almost every actors shines and brings out the best of themselves, just like how every superheroes strive to save the Earth. Most of all, director Whedon has done a brilliant job in making a near perfect superhero film.

  • 10 out of 10
  • Best-ever live-action superhero film, watch it whether you’re a fanboy or not; watch it whether you’ve watched the previous films by Marvel Studios; watch it if you’re the type who goes to the cinema once a year, watch it no matter what!
  • During the mid-credits scene, the alien who provided the fleet of Chitauri army to Loki happens to be an associate of Thanos. The associate utters to Thanos that any attempt to conquer Earth would be to court death. But Thanos smiles back and says that it works according to plan — implying a possible sequel with Thanos as the main villain.
  • Not in the special screening, but rumored to be one when the film opens to the general public.

Thor (2011) – Movie Review

Thor is superhero film directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on comic book character by Marvel Comics.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Chris Hemsworth in "Thor"
Chris Hemsworth in "Thor"

Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of Asgard, defeats the Frost Giants of Jotunheim and their leader Laufey (Colm Feore) in a bid to prevent them to conquer the Nine Realms and in the process capture the Casket of Ancient Winters, the source of their power.

Unlike his father, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is arrogant, ruthless and ignorant. After failing to ascend the throne of Asgard as King when interrupted by the invasion of the Frost Giants, Thor invades Jotunheim against his father’s order, accompanied by his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), childhood friend Sif (Jaimie Alexander) and the Warriors Three which consequently forces Odin to save their lives. In an effort to teach Thor a lesson in humility, Odin banishes Thor to Earth and strips all his power. He’s accompanied by his hammer, Mjolnir but he can only wield it if he’s worthy.

Thor lands on New Mexico fashionably in a tornado and is discovered by scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), her bubbly assistant Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and mentor Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) whilst Thor’s hammer is found and confisticated by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) who also confisticates Jane’s data, her computers and equipments. When Thor learns about Mjolnir, he invades S.H.I.E.L.D. facility to retrieve it only to find himself unable to lift it. He is captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. but is later rescued by Dr. Selvig and falls in love with Jane.

When Loki discovers he is Laurey’s son and was adopted by Odin, Odin falls into Odinsleep (coma) due to stress and Loki takes over the throne. As the God of Mischief, Loki offers Laurey the chance to kill Odin as well as retrieve the Casket.

Unhappy with Loki’s ruling, Sif and the Warriors Three convince Heimdell (Idris Elba), gatekeeper of Bifrost Bridge, to allow them to enter Earth and rescue Thor. Knowing that, Loki sends the Destroyer, a metallic Golem, to pursue them and kill Thor. Funnily, S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson mistakes the Destroyer as another Stark’s invention.

Sif and the Warriors Three find Thor but are not able to overcome the Destroyer, forcing Thor to sacrifice himself to save Jane and others. As Thor dies, he proves worthy to wiled Mjolnir and the hammer returns to him restoring his powers to allow him to defeat the Destroyer.

In Asgard, Loki betrays and kills Laufey, revealing his true plan to use their attempt on Odin’s life as an excuse to destroy Jotunheim with the Bifrost Bridge and prove himself worthy to Odin. Thor arrives and fights his brother before destroying the Bifrost Bridge to stop his plan, stranding himself in Asgard. Odin awakens and saves the brothers from falling, but Loki allows himself to fall, believing he has failed Odin.

Don’t forget to stay on for the post-credit scene where further connection to the Avengers is revealed.

Overall, Thor is not your regular god of Thunder from Nordic mythology but he is a superhero character from Marvel that is associated with the god of Thunder. Later on, he will join forces with Iron Man and others in the much anticipated Avengers. Thor is light-hearted, be it humor or action while remains entertaining.

  • 7 out of 10
  • Watch it! It’s fun, entertaining, action-packed yet humorous
  • Yes