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The Avengers  


Tony Stark/Iron Man: Robert Downey Jr.
Steve Rogers/Captain America: Chris Evans
Bruce Banner/The Hulk: Mark Ruffalo
Thor: Chris Hemsworth
Romanoff/Black Widow: Scarlett Johansson
Clint Barton/Hawkeye: Jeremy Renner
Loki: Tom Hiddleston
Agent Phil Coulson: Clark Gregg
Nick Fury: Samuel L. Jackson
Review May 2012

Fanboys have waited almost 10 years for the ultimate superhero mashup, The Avengers. And rightfully so. In much the same way as a comic book crossover, the film combines storylines from 6 different superheroes, many of whom have had their own films, and puts them all together in a glorious action adventure. When Loki attempts to enslave mankind, Nick Fury, the director of the international peace keeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D. assembles a team of the mightiest superheroes in defense. A team that includes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. The Avengers was assembled and directed by noted comic book writer, Joss Whedon, creator of shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly." Here, Whedon perfectly balances family dysfunction and humor with terrific action payoffs. The set up is brilliant. The execution is over-the-top. And for summer sizzle, it just doesn't get any better than this. The Avengers is simply marvelous!

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