After Tony Stark becomes Iron Man and Thor crash lands on Earth, S.H.I.E.L.D. decides it is time to pull the Tesseract out of storage (and finding as well as defrosting Captain America). In doing so they have allowed the item to reach is full potential. As Dr. Erik Selvig performs experiments on the Tesseract, Phil Coulson notices that is emitting an unusual form of energy. It is only when a wormhole opens and Loki appears, attacking and destroying the facility, that Director Nick Fury realized how deep they are into the problems with the item. Both Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) and Dr. Selvig are amongst those compromised by Loki as he leaves the facility.
In response S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury calls in the “Avengers Initiative”, a new group comprised of the best superheros the galaxy has to offer. Agent Natasha Romanov, aka Black Widow, goes to recruit Dr. Bruce Banner (Hulk). Coulson attempts to get Tony Stark to join up. And Fury approaches Steve Rogers to take up his Captain America mantle once more.
In the midst of everything, Loki attacks an event in order to get the iridium that he needs to stabilize the Tesseract’s power. When he attempts to gain control of the crowd Captain America and Iron Man intervene. As they, along with Black Widow take Loki in hand, their jet is attacked by Thor. He takes Loki to talk him down from his insane plan of interplanetary conquest.
It is in these moments that they are found by Iron Man and Captain America who do not seem at this point to know they need to work together in order to deal with the problems that are being caused by Loki and the Tesseract…and those that are behind everything.
-Creator: MARVEL Cinematic Universe, based on characters by Stan Lee
-Length: 143 minutes
-Rating: PG-13 (moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use and mentions of drugs, mild intense and frightening scenes)
-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library
-Main Cast: Robert Downing Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson
-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book
Review (contains spoilers):
I remember seeing this film in theatres and how much fun that I had.
My best friend and I were able to attend The Avengers Initiative at an AMC theatre. If you are interested in hearing about that experience you can read about it in the article: The Avengers Initiative: AMC Theatres Exclusive Release of MARVEL’s The Avengers
Because of that I do think this film holds a special place in my heart. While not perfect by any means, every time I watch it I remember that day with her. So, I may be a bit biased about how good this film is.
The characters coming together is the most intriguing part of this film. They are all so different and are so used to doing things on their own that it is incredible to see them stop being so stubborn and work together to fight the bad guys.
And Loki is a great villain because all he really wants is power. But that means he can be easily manipulated. MARVEL’s cinematic universe really starts to hit their stride here. It is a fairly common theme in the upcoming joint movies that those who desire power can be manipulated by others to doing what is helpful to them…and not the one who was seeing the power.
The introduction of two of my all-time favorite superheroes in existence also happens in this film. Natasha Romanov (Black Widow) and Clint Barton (Hawkeye). While I am very disappointed that they modified Hawkeye so he wasn’t hard of hearing, I do love Jeremy Renner’s portrayal of Clint Barton. However, it has been announced that in the upcoming television show “Hawkeye” we will have a Clint Barton who is deaf or at least hard of hearing. And we will have other characters introduced that are diverse in the comics (such as Echo who is being portrayed accurately with an actress who is Native American and deaf!)
Overall, this is one of my most watched Avengers movies. And a lot of it is because of the nostalgia of watching it.