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Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from the villainous Loki & his army of extra-terrestrial beings that threaten to enslave humanity.
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|Stan Lee||Characters; Comic|
|Robert Downey Jr.||Iron Man|
|Chris Evans||Captain America|
|Scarlett Johansson||Black Widow|
|Samuel L. Jackson||Nick Fury|
|Clark Gregg||Phil Coulson|
|Cobie Smulders||Maria Hill|
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Based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name, The film is directed by Joss Whedon and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo ,Jeremy Renner, and Scarlett Johansson as The Avengers.
Loki, a god from Asgard, emerges from exile through a wormhole on Earth in the middle of a SHIELD research facility. He is too powerful for any of the guards around and even turns some, like Hawkeye, to his side through the power of a magical staff. Nick Fury, leader of SHIELD, tries to stop Loki as the facility collapses due to the wormhole's collapse but fails to do so and then must activate the Avengers initiative. This includes bringing together some of the world's most powerful heroes including Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanoff, Captain America, and Iron Man. As Fury is trying his best to get everyone up to speed and together Loki makes another move.
Showing up in Germany, while his converted agents steal a needed element, Loki begins attacking and subjugated citizens of Germany telling them to kneel. Captain America is dispatched and attacks Loki with backup from Black Widow and, despite showing up late and without any warning, Iron Man. Loki quickly surrenders and before they can really begin to wonder why Loki gave up so easily a loud thunder crack sounds off and Thor takes Loki away. Both Iron Man and Captain America go after Thor and after a bit of quarreling they all agree to take Loki back to the SHIELD helicarrier.
There, with Loki locked up, the full group begin to really dive into what Loki may be up to. While doing so Tony Stark discovers some encrypted files and begins to hack into them while Steve Rogers does his own kind of snooping both of them finding evidence that SHIELD was planning to use the tesseract, the energy source responsible for the original wormhole that brought Loki to Earth, to build and develop weapons. With this evidence presented to Fury the group all begin to argue with one another, their anger and frustration coming from the power of Loki's captured staff. Just as the group realize Loki wanted to be captured and his plan was not only to escape but also unleash Bruce Banner into the Hulk in hopes of destroying SHIELD.
Loki's agents attack the helicarrier. They destroy one engine and disable another, free Loki, and escape only losing Hawkeye when Black Widow removes his mind control from Loki. The Avengers are scattered and defeated and the SHIELD helicarrier is limping throw the sky as Loki's plan seems ready to succeed. Stark and Rogers decide to try and stop Loki anyway, slowly gathering the rest of the Avengers along the way, as they make their way to Stark Tower in New York. The site of where Loki plans to open another wormhole to allow an alien race, the Chitauri, to pilot their invasion fleet onto Earth.
The team show up too late to stop the new wormhole but, working together, are able to do plenty of damage and slow the invasion to a standstill. Especially once the Hulk lets loose and begins taking large Chitauri creatures down by himself. Even with the battle at a even brawl those behind SHIELD encourage Fury to launch a nuclear missile at New York in hopes of sealing the aliens off. Fury refuses but the powers that be were able to get a single pilot off the carrier and he launches the missile. Luckily Iron Man intercepts the missile and is able to aim it through the wormhole, traveling deep into unknown space, and destroy what the Chitauri had yet to even launch. The wormhole collapses just as Stark flies through it back onto Earth only barely surviving the ordeal.
Loki is captured and, along with the tesseract, is taken back to Asgard with Thor as prisoner. The Avengers, now a team, separate but Fury ensures those he answers to that they will return together again whenever the world truly needs them.
Marvel Studios began work on developing The Avengers in 2005 and announced after the release of Iron Man in 2008 that the film was due for a July 2011 release. After Scarlett Johansson was casted as Black Widow in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. The creator of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer Joss Whedon was brought on board to direct the project in April 2010 and rewrote the original screenplay by writer Zak Penn of 2008's The Incredible Hulk
Joss Whedon's involvement in the film was confirmed by Stan Lee and Avi Arad at the 2010 Wizard World Convention. Up until that point, his involvement in the project was just speculation. In June, Jeremy Renner was announced as having been cast Clint Barton/Hawkeye. In July Marvel announced they declined to have Edward Norton reprise his role as Bruce Banner for the film due to. The following day Marvel President Kevin Feige told fans "We have made the decision to not bring Ed Norton back to portray the title role of Bruce Banner in The Avengers. Our decision is definitely not one based on monetary factors, but instead rooted in the need for an actor who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members. The Avengers demands players who thrive working as part of an ensemble, as evidenced by Robert, Chris H, Chris E, Sam, Scarlett, and all of our talented casts. We are looking to announce a name actor who fulfills these requirements, and is passionate about the iconic role in the coming weeks." Soon after, Norton's agent Brian Swardstrom criticized Feige's statement "purposefully misleading" and "inappropriate attempt to paint out client in a negative light". Marvel's decision not only drew ire from Norton's agent but from fans as well because Norton was the most popular actor to have played Bruce Banner.
During San Diego Comic Con 2010, Joss Whedon announced he would in fact be directing the film and mentioned that he was a fan of the early Avengers comics which he grew up with. He also confirmed that Jeremy Renner would in fact be playing Hawkeye. It was also reported during Comic Con that Mark Ruffalo was cast as Bruce Banner. During The Marvel Studios Panel it was also announced that Clark Gregg would be returning as SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson. In October 2010, the film was announced to be shooting at a studio in Bethpage, New York and at a studio in Brooklyn, NY. In December, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Marvel Studios Co-President Louis D'Esposito announced that the film would be partially shooting in Albuquerque. In February 2011, reports surfaced that Marvel was screen testing actress' for the role of Nick Fury's sidekick. Four days later, it was confirmed that Cobie Smulders would be playing SHIELD Agent Maria Hill. In March 2011, Stellan Skarsgard confirmed he would be reprising his role from Thor as Dr. Eric Selvig. Also that month, the Governor of Ohio- John Kasich announced that The Avengers would also be filming in Cleveland.
The first piece of marketing for the film was unveiled at San Diego Comic Con in 2010 where a teaser trailer was shown. However for Comic Con in 2011, Marvel opted not to hold a panel because the film was still in production at the time. However Marvel did hold a panel at the New York Comic Con in October 2011. An official trailer for the film was released on October 11, 2011 and a TV Spot was aired during the Super Bowl in February 2012 which Disney allegedly paid $4 million for.
Two TV spots- a Domestic US version and an international version (both featuring the same footage) were released on March 30, 2012.
LEGO sets were also manufactured and were unveiled at the New York City in February 2012. Four sets were shown at the Fair-Captain America’s Avenging Cycle, Loki’s Cosmic Cube Escape, Quinjet Arial Battle, and Hulk’s Helicarrier Breakout. Toy manufacturer Hasbro also made numerous action 3.75 inch figures, playsets, Thor's Hammer, Captain America shields, Hawkeye's bow, Hulk gloves, Iron Man's mask, Captain America's mask, and Thor's helmet.
A video game was planned to be developed by THQ Studios Australia but was ultimately canceled while the game was in development.
The Tribeca Film Festival, meant to promote indie work in order to rebuild a community shattered by 9/11, oddly chose to close their festival with an early screening of The Avengers.
The Avengers received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it scored an incredible 93% (which easily guaranteed it Fresh status). On Metacritic it scored a 69, which is labeled as Green and "Generally Positive." This score indicated that though most critics liked the film, most of them didn't love it. Of the Metacritic scores, 32 were positive, 10 were mixed, and only 1 (Chicago Reader's Ben Sachs's) was negative.
The Avengers was always predicted to be a hit, but it did better than anyone predicted. The movie opened in the US to $200 million for the weekend, which was the highest opening ever by over $30 million! It did just as well overseas and within ten days made over $400 million. This meant that in less than two weeks it had made over $600 million, outgrossing the year's previous highest grosser, The Hunger Games, which had been out for a month and a half!
While most reviews of The Avengers were positive, A.O. Scott of the New York Times (who had also been a regular on At the Movies) gave it a poor review, saying "its failures are significant and dispiriting." Scott also wrote that the Nick Fury character was "more master of ceremonies than mission commander."
Samuel L. Jackson, who played Nick Fury in The Avengers, tweeted “#Avengers fans, NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let’s help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!” Many people supported this statement, but some people were angry at his reaction to negative reviews. Jackson argued (on Twitter) that The Avengers box office success was proof it was good, and then said “That is My Opinion! & what’s irrational about it? They aren’t going to fire his (Scott's) jaundiced ass & You & I Know It!”
The New Yorker's music writer wrote to Scott on Twitter “His (Jackson's) call for you to lose your job only supports your point about ‘glowering authoritarianism’ in pop culture. Well said!” Scott responded “Thanks @alexrossmusicand yet I have to say I feel more flattered than threatened. which may prove the point a different way.”
Trailer: The Avengers
Six superheroes, Loki, alien invaders, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, and who knows what else. This movie is going to be eight hours long.
The Avengers Logo Reveal
It ain't much, but hey, it's a start!
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