Who’s In It: Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man; Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America; Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / The Hulk; Chris Hemsworth as Thor; Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow; Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye; Tom Hiddleston as Loki; Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Who Made It: Joss Whedon directs from his own screenplay, based on a story by Zac Penn and Joss Whedon. Produced by Kevin Fiege and distributed by Paramount Pictures in cooperation with Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel.
What It’s About: A fairly direct sequel to two films from last year, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, this film deals with the formation of the Avengers super hero team as the Earth faces an invasion led by the Asgardian demigod Loki.
My Take: Marvel has beaten DC in making the sort of super hero team film that Warner Bros. should have released more than ten years ago. The Avengers is more than just a good super hero action flick, it’s a flat out good film. Joss Whedon deftly juggles four larger-than-life main characters, and manages to keep a film about living gods, genetic mutants and flying air craft carriers grounded in something like reality. The Avengers is a success as a film, and as the climax of the longterm Marvel film game plan. It took years to roll out the films needed to lay the groundwork for The Avengers, and the pay off is definitely worth it.
For More Information: The Avengers on Wikipedia.