There is no denying that The Avengers is one of the (if not the) most anticipated movies of 2012; and uniting characters from five Marvel movies (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger – in case you needed reminding), Joss Whedon’s block-buster will certainly be the biggest.
When Loki (Tom Hiddleston) arrives on Earth with an army, and attempts to subjugate the human race out of some misguided pursuit of power, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) of S.H.I.E.L.D. decides it is time to put his Avengers Initiative into action. Having already recruited Steve Rogers (Chris Evans as Captain) America, and with Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansen as Black Widow) and Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye) already in his employ, Fury reaches out to shunned billionaire Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr. as Iron Man), exiled scientist Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo as Hulk) and Loki’s Asgardian brother (Chris Hemsworth as Thor) to help save the day.
Scheduled for release on April 26, 2012 (in the UK, at least), The Avengers has dazzled fanboys world wide with a series of increasingly spectacular trailers and TV spots. Showing in-fighting, mass destruction and a heck of a lot of falling, the footage indicates that the movie won’t be short on set pieces and money shots. The appointment of Whedon, however, is evidence enough that characterisation and humour won’t be sidelined in the pursuit of bigger and better explosions. Whether in or out of costume, these will be some of the most interesting and exciting relationships and exchanges on screen this year.
Just don’t call it ‘Marvel Avengers Assemble’ or the aliens win.