Opening with a record $207 million dollar weekend, shattering the previous three-day opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which opened to $169.2 million last summer, The Avengers movie is the first must see blockbuster movie of the summer. Bringing together Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr,), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), the Avengers is a power house group of superheros. The team is called together by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., an international peacekeeping agency, when it seems like there is no other choice. The world is at the threat of being conquered by Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s half-brother, when he comes back from the abyss and attacks the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters and takes a very dangerous power supply called the Cosmic Cube. With this cube in his procession he can use it to open a portal and unleash an army of alien invaders against the planet Earth. Even though Fury and his confidant, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) have brought this team of superheros together, its not going to be an easy task of getting them to stop fighting one another because of their huge egos, let alone work together as a team. They will have to be convinced that the greater good is more important than their individual dislikes for one another. It also seems like Loki, has planned on this gathering of heroes, as he is very interested in one of the members talents to use to further help his goal. Its up to the Avengers to assemble as a group or the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

This movie has been anticipated since the release of the first Iron Man movie back in 2008. It has had an increasing buzz growing with the release of the other team members individual movie releases, and finally hit the theaters this past weekend. Added with the huge domestic income it has already accumulated, its international release the weekend before also made it an additional $447.4 million through Sunday for a worldwide total of $654.8 million — eclipsing the $617.7 million earned by The Hunger Games to become the top title of 2012. Needless to say, a lot of fans and even people who were just curious came out to see this film. It has action, comedy, and a pretty good storyline to boot. The battle scenes between the members was awesome, and the special effects were outstanding. Seeing the Hulk going toe-to-toe with Thor, or Iron Man making Captain America feel like he is lost in the world’s technological advancements was definitely memorable, as well as Bruce Banner and Tony Starks using their intellect to figure out what Loki was up to, made this a great superhero film about what it takes to be a team. I am a HUGE Incredible Hulk fan, and I was pleased to see that his character had two of the funniest scenes in the movie, as the green goliath, of course. There was some cheesy dialog every now and then, but that is to be expected from a superhero movie.

I was also glad to see that there is definitely going to be a sequel to this film, and at the time of this review, I have read that they are looking to have that out by May of 2014. That film will come out after the 3rd installment of Iron Man in 2013, the sequel to Thor also in that year, and the sequel to Captain America in 2014. Now as far as who the villain will be in this next Avengers movie, that was revealed in between the closing credits of this film. Now any Marvel comic book fans, would know who it was that was shown in that scene, and trust me, we got very excited about seeing who it was. If your not familiar with comics and the glimpse of the next villain is still unclear to you, I suggest you go ask a comic book reader, as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone as to who and what this person is capable of being. I gave this film 4 superpowers out of 4. It just wasn’t that I was already a fan, the movie was very entertaining, and was a fun time at the theater. The film runs 2 hours and 22 minutes. It was rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-if violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference. The film was directed by Joss Whedon. It was written by Zak Peen and Joss Whedon, from source material from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The movie was distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

It’s like calisthenics. You might have missed a couple things. Y’know, doin’ time as a… Cap-sicle – Tony Stark to Captain America

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