Okay first things first, I broke one of my cardinal rules for movie viewing. I went on a Saturday afternoon. Big, big mistake. The experience was fraught with seat-kicking,loud talking, scared of "THE HULK", snivelling children. My bad, but we must move on.
"The Avengers" takes up shortly after THOR ended. LOKI is thirsty for the power he felt denied him by Thor. He has a plan of action which includes Earth becoming his new "Kingdom". NICK FURY (Samuel Jackson) of S.H.E.I.L.D. has other ideas, he has a plan of his own in place: The Avenger Initiative. Bring together the Earths super humans to stop Loki and save humankind, but will it work?
The Avengers include: Iron Man (Robert Downy Jr.) witty, rich and opinionated. THOR (Chris Hemsworth) handsome, brawny,and noble. THE HULK (Mark Ruffalo), tortured, smart,reclusive. HAWKEYE (Jeremy Renner) exacting, secretive and loyal. CAPTAIN AMERICA (Chris Evans), Patriotic, shy and self-deprecating. BLACK WIDOW (Scarlett Johanasson), Mysterious, calm and determined. Together they seem unstoppable, but all those personalities and opinions are bound to cause clashes of epic proportions. That's where they resort to snarky humor, which abounds. I loved those moments. The humor was smart and decidedly un-superhuman.
Tom Hiddleston who plays LOKI was exceptionally good. He has such a way of letting you see the evil of the character but also the pain from whence it sprung. It's all about the eyes and he plays it well.
Jeremy Renner was also committed to his character, HAWKEYE. When he walked about menacingly, I believed! It helped that he looked quite handsome doing it.
Robert Downey Jr was once again a charming and a very snarky IRON MAN, a hoot.
Chris Hemsworth, well what can you say he was THOR, through and through.
Scarlett Johansson seemed less committed, I don't know if it was because her character was less fleshed out or she wasn't sure who she was supposed to be.
Mark Ruffalo as THE HULK, played tortured to the hilt, I felt his pain and even knowing the green menace beneath, you wanted to take care of him.
In The AVENGERS the action was epic and exciting. The CGI was incredible. I was entertained and as we expected it was left wide open to sequel-dom. Here, here!!!!!