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The Avengers

By MATTHEW SINGER
In helming The Avengers—the long-awaited convergence of four Marvel Comics properties into one gargantuan nesting doll of a summer blockbuster—Joss Whedon is burdened with glorious purpose. Those are his words, not mine, and they’re actually spoken by Loki, the effete alien overlord presenting the avenging force with its first challenge. Still, what an apt and appropriately fustian description of the monumental task Whedon has taken on. The Avengers isn’t just weighted by the typical expectations of the normal box-office bulldozer. After five movies’ worth of prologue, the film has also absorbed the expectations of the individual franchises. That’s some heavy pressure. Luckily, there is perhaps no other mass producer of pop culture better equipped to handle it than Whedon. He is blessed with an intrinsic knowledge of what audiences want, and the ability, as a writer and director, to deliver with maximum satisfaction. In that regard, he does not stumble. It’s hard to imagine anyone who’s spent the past five years playing out a vision of an Avengers movie in their head being disappointed with what Whedon has come up with. It’s big and loud, exhilarating and funny, meaningless but not dumb. It is glorious entertainment.
 
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Science fiction
  • Release Date: Friday, May 4, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Critic's Score: A
  • Starring: Robert Downey [Tony Stark/Ironman], Chris Hemsworth [Thor], Mark Ruffalo [Bruce Banner/Hulk], Scarlett Johansson [Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow], Samuel Jackson [Nick Fury]
  • Directed by: Joss Whedon [Director], Joss Whedon [Screenwriter]
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