It’s been a while since The Avengers got together and solved some crimes. John Steed at the front and… oh, not that Avengers. Avengers Assemble makes a lot of sense then, a bit like Star Fox becoming Starwing. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and The Hulk are together to kick some ass after a whole bunch of films set this all up. Will they unite together or fall apart at the seams? And was I lost due to skipping the after credit segments of the prior films and only bothering to sit through two of the previous films? I think I dodged a bullet going by how Iron Man 2 and The incredible Hulk were received though…
Avengers Assemble stands perfectly fine on its own. It’s a bare bones story about some evil space God called Loki (Tom Hiddleston) stealing a magical cube from S.H.I.E.L.D (Super Harold Interrogates Luny Dudes) and starting a war as he uses the cube to open up a portal for some alien army to come and invade Manhattan, which happens to be the world in American movies. Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) is a bit ticked off about this so gathers the top super heroes to help him get it back. Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye (short straw when playing super heroes as a kid along with Seaman) join forces to help Fury out, though of course they don’t get on perfectly well, working as the drama for the film as the army is a bit forgettable and weak.
For those not in the know, Captain America (Chris Evans, not the ginger one) was a super hero during World War II, thawed out from some ice he got stuck in and now carries on fighting. It’s all he knows. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is a guy from space like Loki and fights with a hammer and an old tongue. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is the millionaire Tony Stark who suits up in powerful robot gear and blows stuff up. The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is the angry green alter ego of Bruce Banner, a scientist who made The Hulk by accident. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is a Russian spy who is good with her legs a bit like that other woman from Goldeneye, and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) shoots arrows. Sucks to be him. The cast work well together and each one gets a moment to shine in the rather amazing fight scenes. Character interaction and battles are why we came, and why Avengers Assemble rocks. The cube story and fodder army is just there to give them an excuse to fight.
The battle scenes are glorious and it is a childhood joy to see a bunch of super heroes fight together. Each of the heroes has a different arsenal of skills to make the fighting varied and while the army and Loki don’t pose as the toughest villains, the way they battle is eye dazzling and exciting. It is leagues above the giant robot battles in Transformers because the director actually makes the battles clear to the eye rather than feeling like you’re being spun around in a washing machine. There is one scene which is a long shot of all the characters battling in the streets which shows the sheer scale of the battle and it is done so perfectly with each move linking to the next area that I wanted to rewind and rewatch. My mouth was hanging wide open and it is all I’ve been going on about since Saturday. The large team battles are probably the best in any super hero film to date, and every character gets time to sparkle as they all get a scene with Loki and plenty of other wow moments. It’s hard to pin point the best scene because there are so many of them. Outside of that long shot of course, you can’t beat that. They even do The Hulk justice for the first time in cinema. His unpredictable movements and insane strength make for some kick ass moments along with some of the funniest moments. Hulk sure knows how to smash.
I thought Avengers Assemble was going to be a mess, too many heroes spoiling the broth. But the director Whedon is definitely in control, and has created a superhero film which is full of true heroism and fun. Just a shame Avengers 2 is probably ages away as they have to do more set up movies which I probably won’t watch. I didn’t need them to enjoy this, and you don’t need them either.