Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson
As a gigantic comic book nerd, I was really looking forward to this movie. Hell, I think everyone who was even partly interested in this type of film was really looking forward to it, what with Marvel’s incredibly successful marketing scheme (namely, five other feature films). Still, despite the fact that I really wanted to see it, it was pretty damn good. Weird.
A secret arm of the government is doing tests on a magic cube when they’re invaded by a Norse god who steals it and brainwashes most of the people who were working on it. Sam Jackson decides the only way to stop this guy from blowing up the world one way or another is to collect the four superheroes he’s met into a single group; Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk. They have some problems working together as a team, but they eventually get their shit together to save the world.
This movie does pretty much everything right, from both a nerdy comic book standpoint and from an action movie with several main characters standpoint. You probably are losing something if you don’t see the movies leading up to it, but you can tell they tried to introduce the characters and their powers/personalities/backstories just in case you haven’t. My personal favorite part of the film was Mark Ruffalo as the latest person to play Bruce Banner/the Hulk, who I think portrayed the character perfectly. Also, this may not be much of a surprise given that Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man is the main character and it’s a film directed by Joss Whedon, but there are a good number of legitimately funny moments in this film as well as crazy superhero action. So yeah, good job, Marvel.