There's little to decide about a film when it has an opening weekend of more than $200 million and a world box office of more than $600 million in the first week. That's the results of Marvel Studios The Avengers, the superhero team of crusaders out to save the world, either alone, or this time as a united force.
Samuel L. Jackson
When the world is threatened by a Nordic god, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D calls in some favors from his friends. What one superhero does well, a team of them can do even better, so Nick hopes they can get overcome their past histories and finally work together.
Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.
It doesn't take long before Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are soon bashing their heads against buildings, flying through the sky and outsmarting moves of the enemy. When The Hulk" (Mark Ruffalo) enters the picture the action ratio turns into a full blown adrenaline circus.
Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson
The idea for The Avengers came about during the production of Iron Man. Producer Kevin Feige had a notion that S.H.I.E.L.D. could be part of both Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. The movie is non-stop action from beginning to its long ending at nearly two and a half hours. It looks incredible – but of course is way too loud. And 3-D is no friend to this film unless it's in IMAX.
Director Joss Whedon is already drawing raves for his vision for of the film. “The genius of Joss Whedon is that he can take these huge elements and find the balance, so the characters are never lost to the spectacle and visual effects," said Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige. "We wanted the film to have amazing sets and incredible action, but we did not want the tone and humor to be trumped by the spectacular images on the screen."
Whedon's creative production team has a lot to be proud of and includes Oscar®-nominated director of photography Seamus McGarvey (Atonement), production designer James Chinlund (25th Hour), Oscar®-winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Oscar®-winning visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs (Iron Man 2, The Matrix), four-time Oscar®-nominated special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (Iron Man, War of the Worlds) and editors Jeffrey Ford (Crazy Heart) and Lisa Lassek (The Cabin in the Woods).
Fans of these heroes will especially enjoy this film and moviegoers who want to know what all the fuss is about, just may become fans.
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