“despite the unification of everyone’s favourite Marvel heroes, the lack luster individual on screen adaptations especially The Incredible Hulk were still fresh in my mind”

Avengers Assemble Review
By Simon Jago

To say I was excited about the release of Avengers Assemblewould be an understatement. As well as working solidly on our parody of the film (The Real Avengers), I was really keen to see this movie. However, despite the unification of everyone’s favourite Marvel heroes, the lack luster individual on screen adaptations especially The Incredible Hulk were still fresh in my mind and so I wasn’t completely sold on the exciting trailers and viral marketing.

As these comic book stories go the plot is pretty simple. An evil doer wants to take over the world with an army of alien invaders. This time, like the original ‘Avengers’ comic, the villian is Loki (Tom Hiddleston), God of Mischief and brother to the heroic Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Together with the likes of Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and The Hulk played by newcomer to the Marvel franchise Mark Ruffalo, it’s up to these heroes to unite and defend the planet and in the words of Iron Man, ‘if we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we’ll avenge it’.

Despite being disappointed with nearly all of the Marvel super hero films released to date with maybe the exception ‘Iron Man’. Avengers Assemble is a great adaptation of the source material and a fantastic collaboration project that shows the years of planning and doesn’t disappoint.

The film itself starts off slow and to be honest I found myself at the beginning dreading another tedious less than ‘Marvel’ous experience. However, the moment the heroes started to come together and I watched as they argued and even duke’d it out between themselves, I found myself enthralled. A fantastic job is made of bringing the characters together in something refreshingly new but maintaining all the styles of their own films and origins.  There are a lot of set pieces between characters and a majority of the film is heavily dialogue driven and these prove to be great scenes, but if that’s not enough there is still plenty of powered up explosion driven action sequences that will have the fan-boys drooling.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki is fantastic. Finding him a weak character in ‘Thor’, this time around he is truely menacing and really gets a chance to shine as the Asgardian God who threatens the safety of Earth. Mark Ruffalo (new to the Marvel universe) puts in a truely unique performance as Bruce Banner; really making the character his own and for the first time ever actually playing the CGI hulk as the animation is based on his motion capture. Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans put in great performances as expected and the powerless Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye both cement their places in the team of world’s greatest super-heroes. The weakest performance of all is Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury who almost seems tired of playing the character as cameos and finally when it’s his moment he seems to fall short of the mark.

Avengers Assemble is what it is, a super hero driven explosion fest that will be to fan-boys probably more exciting than the prospect of losing their virginity. However, saying this it will never be on the same level as say Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’. I think unfortunately this will always be the case with Marvel films because of their constant need to please the fans and not to stray too far from the original source material. Despite this, Avengers Assemble makes up for the proceeding super hero movies, some of which at times were torrid and mind-numbingly dull and unites the characters in what results as a thoroughly enjoyable super hero fest.

Maniac Rating - 4 Stars

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