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Avengers Assemble, one of the year's most anticipated movies, has finally hit the big screen. A few years ago we fell in love with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), last year we were charmed by Norse god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), but I was slightly uninspired by The First Avenger, Captain America (Chris Evans), and up till now Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk hasn’t seen the light of day. With a bunch of mixed feelings and much hype in the air we went into this.
Having lost the battle the first time around, Thor’s adopted brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), returns to earth in hopes of destroying mankind once and for all, with the help of a special cube. Hoping to stop him in his tracks is boss man Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and a few Marvel-ous superheroes.
Now, I hate to start with the negative, but anyone who has seen Loki in action in Thor will be able to guess within seconds of him revealing himself as the nemesis in this film which team will come out victorious. While the archenemy doesn’t appear completely inept, sadly Hiddleston isn’t that good at playing bad and isn't at all convincing, so it’s difficult to believe that so many heroes are needed to restore order.
That aside, it’s nice to see so many Marvel characters share the same stage. Some, however, shine more than others. Iron Man and Hulk get most of the funny lines and big laughs while the other two are often the butt of the jokes. This isn’t really surprising, though, as the latter two, Captain America in particular, are nowhere near as super. But egos (or Stark's ego) aside, they work well together as a team.
Rounding out the cast is the ever-present Mr Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, reprising her role as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as master archer Hawkeye, and a few other good men and women.
With a running time of 2 hours and 20 minutes, the film does plod along at a surprisingly slow pace considering nothing of importance is going on to justify it, so director Joss Whedon could have kicked things into gear a bit sooner. Ultimately though it’s a fairly enjoyable ride, if a little over-hyped.
While The Avengers has some funny moments and the actors seemingly bring their A games, this Marvel spectacular isn't quite equal to the sum of its parts, and it's perhaps true that too many superheroes have slightly spoilt the Assemble. That being said, The Hulk is definitely the stand-out character and we’d go as far as to say that Mark Ruffalo and his green-bodied monster deserve their own movie.