The Avengers, four years and five movies in the making. Our favorite superheros ban together to protect the Earth and to bring an outrageous amount of excitement to movie-goers everywhere. In it’s opening weekend, The Avengers took in over $207 million at the box-office. That wallop’s the previous box-office record held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2 by $38 million.
Let’s just say this now, The Avengers hits it out of the park. It’s 2 hours and 15 minutes of hilarious, exciting, fantastic fun. I was a bit apprehensive walking into the theater Saturday before the movie because of all the hype, but it’s what everyone say’s it is and then some. With Joss Whedon (director of Firefly and Serenity) directing, I should have had more faith.
So the heroes we’ve seen before are The Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor. To complete the team we add Black Widow and Hawkeye who work for S.H.I.E.L.D. and are introduced early in the film. If you’re familure with Marvel and The Avenger comics, you may be wondering where Spider-Man and the others are. Well according to IMDB, the license to those characters belong to Fox Studios and Sony, so they couldn’t be used.
As the snarkiest of the group, Robert Downy Jr. as Iron Man had the wittiest lines, which I think was the price of admission in itself. One thing I also really liked about the movie is it’s not completely necessary to have seen the previous movies leading up to it to keep up with the plot. So if your on your way to the movies with some friends or parents who haven’t seen Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America (and why haven’t you made them watch them yet?), they will still understand what’s happening.
So bottom line: Go see the movie.
Beg, borrow, or steal Acquire a ticket legally and get your butt to the theater!
P.s.- I hear there are two special cut scenes at the end of the credits, so if you interested be sure to stay seated!