Director: Joss Whedon
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 143 min.
When a mysterious alien enemy breaks into a high-security government lab and steals a tesseract–capable of ripping a hole in the universe–the entire planet is in danger. To make matters worse, the enemy captures several government agents, including superhero Hawkeye, and takes over their minds, gaining access not only to their peculiar skills but also to all of the government’s secrets. Agent Nick Fury tries to assemble a group of Earth’s greatest defenders to defeat the menace. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, and the Black Widdow all answer the call, some more reluctantly than others. But if they are going to do anything as a team, they will first need to find a way to get along with each other. The “Avengers Initiative” might never get off the ground–unless they have something to avenge.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Typical of Joss Whedon productions, characters and personalities are a major focal point–something which is often overlooked in large budget action movies. That is not to say that he skimped on the action. There was plenty of destruction, combat, and suspense to go around. The Avengers is not the greatest thing that Joss Whedon has ever done, but Firefly is hard to top. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who enjoys a good action movie and anyone who enjoyed the origin stories. If you are hoping for hard science fiction, however, you may be disappointed. Aside from the obvious space travel and super powers, there was very little focus on the science/technology aspects of the plot.