Chris Hemsworth, left, as Thor and Chris
Captain America in The Avengers
By Mariechen Puchert
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Following the successes of The Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America as films in recent years, Marvel Studios brings together a handful of superheroes for the ultimate in superhero filming: The Avengers, based on the Marvel comics team of the same name.
In The Avengers, a portal is opened through space by the Tesseract, a powerful energy introduced to film audiences subtly in the films Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Loki, the mischievous exiled brother of Thor, steps through this portal in order to take the Tesseract and enslave the human race.
Studio photoSamuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in The Avengers
In response to this threat, a project called “The Avengers” is activated: Earth’s only known weapon against interstellar forces. The Avengers will be a super-team of superheroes: The Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, The Black Widow and Hawkeye. They are joined soon by Thor.
The Avengers is action-packed, enough so that it has been rated PG-13 for periods of violence. The choreography of these scenes is breathtaking – even for a viewer who shies away from action films.
The dialogue is masterfully crafted with witticisms keeping the audience glued to the screen. Viewers familiar with Marvel comics, or at least with the recent Marvel studios films, will undoubtedly extract more pleasure from the to-and-fro banter of the heroes. Those unfamiliar with Marvel may sometimes be in the dark regarding “inside jokes,” but can still enjoy the movie.
With so many main roles, the film is certainly a feat of good directing. There was the potential for over-saturation of powerful characters, but this danger is navigated well.
There is more to The Avengers than strange creatures and interstellar heroic acts, of course.
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in The Avengers
The Avengers have difficulty acclimatising to a team environment, which very nearly costs the Earth her freedom.
The film is an inspiring example of overcoming differences and fighting for the greater good, despite perceived weaknesses.
Taking audiences by a storm, The Avengers is proving to be so successful that there is talk of a sequel to the film.