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Movie Review: ‘Avengers’ breaks records

Veronica Sepulveda
Staff Writer

“Marvel’s The Avengers” is a film that has been greatly anticipated since the release of “Iron Man” in mid 2008, where fans got a teaser for what was to come when Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, approaches Tony Stark about the Avengers Initiative.

These teasers soon started showing up in other Marvel movies such as “The Incredible Hulk,” “Thor,” “Capitan America” and “Iron Man 2.”

Director Joss Whedon had a lot of expectation thrust upon his shoulders with the high standards of audience members.

Lucky for Marvel fans and executives alike the movie did not disappoint, with a record breaking $200.3 million made in the box office opening weekend in America, and a whopping $441.5 million overseas.

In this action packed, wit filled retelling of the famous comic books, the team gathers to defeat Loki, Thor’s brother, played by Tom Hiddleston and the Chitauri which are an alien race bent on destroying freedom.

As stated by Nick Fury in the film, “There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, so when we needed them, they could fight the battles we never could.”

Nick Fury is the director of the secret organization called Strategic Homeland Interven­tion, Enforcement and Logistics Division, or S.H.I.E.L.D., and spearheaded the creation of the group known as the Avengers.

The superhuman team is composed of Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson; Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner; Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth; The Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo; Capitan America, played by Chris Evans; and Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr.

Throughout the movie the audience laughed, gasped and cheered for the team.

The audience got to see the building of the team from the very first fight against Loki and Iron Man to the very last fight scene where the team goes up against both the Chitauri and Loki.

What made this movie so amazing was its incredible cast. Downey Jr. came back just as amazing and hilarious as always in his portrayal of Tony Stark.

Evans did an extraordinary job being the hero trying to keep up with the times, seeing as he was frozen for so long.

In “Thor,” Hiddleston portrayed Loki as torn and emotional. In this movie he shows a side that is out to exact revenge.

Johansson returns from her cameo in “Iron Man 2” as the very deceitful and intelligent Black Widow, who shows just how powerful a woman can be.

For Johansson and Renner to be up against heros who had their own film introduction, they were able to come with virtually no back story and hold their own.

The special effects are unparalleled. From S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier to the explosions and alien invasions, the special effects did not disappoint.

At one point in the movie the expanse of space is opened so the Chitauri can swarm down on the earth. The detail has a shuttering effect that demonstrates how far special effects have evolved.

This movie is by far the best movie Marvel has released. It meets the high expectations of the die-hard Marvel fans as well as new followers with little to no background knowledge.

Veronica Sepulveda can be reached at veronica.sepulveda@laverne.edu.

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