Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) Some assembly required

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As you can tell from the tagline I added to the title, this film does require some assembly but this can be a good thing. I know some people will hate this film because it just doesn’t come and smack you in the face with action and The Avengers right out the door. The thing is, even though we may have seen all the films leading up to this one, other may have not seen the prequels to understand what is going on. The film has to show us some of what has happened in the past so that it can continue to tell us the story as it goes on. I would still like to know how Thor got to Earth without the Bifrost, the film didn’t really elaborate other then using dark energies mentioned by Loki. In any event, we had to see all the slow stuff to be able to get to and appreciate all the fast and thrilling stuff.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) want revenge, he wants to subjugate the Earth and rule over them just to spite his brother. He has mad a deal with the Chitauri, an extraterrestrial race from possibly another dimension. In the deal he gets the Earth, Midgard, and he gives the Chitauri the Tesseract that once belonged to Odin. To help with the plan they give Loki a powerful scepter that can be used as a weapon or to turn others totally to his will. That is the setup but Loki doesn’t have the Tesseract yet, it is right now in the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D. who are studying it for practical applications in both energy production and weaponry. Helping them with this they have enlisted the help of Dr. Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) that we saw in Thor.

There has definitely been a time laps between films as we now find Tony Stark, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) setting up residence with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) in New York. They have built a large building with the first prototype Arc Reactor that they are working on for clean energy production. The two are a definite couple and are just wanting to enjoy their time together when Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) comes calling. S.H.I.E.L.D. hacked through all of Tony’s securities so Coulson could just walk right on in. Tony does get back at them after by hacking completely into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s computer system when he tried to find out what they are hiding from the team.

As you can see the start of the film is very disjointed and you have to watch as each person is being pulled in or added to the team. The whole team is in disarray and taking jabs at each other as they try to find out what is going on. The person who knows all that is going on, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), isn’t telling them anything, not even those that work closest with them. He knows it is keeping them in the dark but he knows that will make them just try harder to find out what is going on. You could say that the real film and threat doesn’t happen till all the players have been thrown to the wind and it takes the convictions and desires of each to bring them back as a team. Some assembly required could even be seen as oversimplifying the problems that the team has coming together.

In the end the team winds up being composed of Iron Man, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Clint Barton a.k.a Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) who can turn into The Hulk at will now. Seems that he learned to control the beast by not suppressing his anger but by staying angry and then controlling its effect on himself. Talk about anger management, that takes it to an art form almost. It is the danger of the Tesseract, Loki and his new found friends the Chitauri to bring them all together as a team with Steve Rogers as their captain. It is a hell of a battle that we get to see when they all finally pull it all together.

Now as to the comedy element of the film, those come from both The Hulk and Iron Man. They just love to take jabs at each other both verbally and physically both in and out of uniform. Tony even seems to know how Banner is controlling the beast within and is trying to get Bruce to show it. But that is not the real comedy, one of the funniest moments in the film is when Loki tells The Hulk that he is a god and that there is nothing that he can do to him. Hulk just grabs Loki and starts slamming him and smashing him on the floor and then when you think he is done he does it a few more times to make sure. We are then shown a stunned and damaged Loki that barely breath as The Hulk walks off calling him a puny god and grinning about the hilarity of what just happened.

So, how was the film? The first parts were a bit hard to get through, but that might just be because of all the interruptions that I had while watching the film. When you get to the middle of the film you are thinking how are they going to get all the parts of the film done before they run out of time. Just are you start to look at how much time has went by you realize that they packed a lot of stuff in not even the first half of the film and yet it seemed so long that you had been watching. Just as you start to say “Huh?” you are slammed into action that just doesn’t stop until the end. And in the end they all get together and have some shawarma as they nurse their wounds.

Now I think I will go watch it again, but this time I think I will try it in 3D which should be a really fun ride!

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★★★☆