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Top Sci-Fi Films of 2012 #2: THE AVENGERS

I finally saw The Avengers a few days ago, so I figured i would wait to write my preview of the film until after I had actually seen it, killing two birds with one stone, so to speak.  I had meant to see it very soon after it’s release, but with finals and a move it did not happen so quickly.

The Avengers (2012 film)

The Avengers (2012 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Avengers is the culmination film of the Marvel Universe, bringing together superheroes from previous individual films as well as those not seen before.  It essentially follows Nick Fury as he puts together this team, in spite of the government’s reluctance to put these heroes together under their watch, to fight Loki and his supernatural army from taking over the Earth.

It is the sixth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following Iron Man (2008)The Incredible Hulk (2008)Iron Man 2 (2010)Thor (2011)and Captain America: The First Avenger.

The film is directed by Joss Whedon, who brings his brand of space-opera-type science fiction and humor, very welcome in my opinion in a film such as this.

The team is comprised of Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), along with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).  Loki is played by Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg reprises his role as Phil Coulson, and Cobie Smulders plays another S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.  Stellan Skarsgard and Gweneth Paltrow reprise their roles from previous Marvel Universe movies as well.

What I liked about the plot was that it incorporated parts of the plots of previous films in the story problem.  Loki, the villain of Thor, is the instigator, and the power is supplied by the Tesseract, the cube with infinite power that the Red Skull found and tried to use in Captain America.  With this power, Loki commands an army to take over the Earth, his army arriving through a portal opened to another world by the Tesseract.

Under Whedon’s guidance, this film has taken the Marvel Universe another step forward, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing A-list actors participate in an ensemble film, each taking a back seat at points.  I look forward to many more films by Marvel, as I am sure many of you do.

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