Marvel's The Avengers (titled Avengers Assemble in the UK and Ireland) is a 2012 American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor to form a team that must stop Thor's brother Loki from enslaving the human race.
Development of The Avengers began when Marvel Studios received a loan from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay originally written by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, in August and New York City in September. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.
The Avengers premiered on April 11, 2012, at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. The film has received positive reviews from most film critics and set numerous box office records, including the biggest opening weekend in North America. A sequel is currently in development.
The Avengers are hitting the scene but frightfully not a lot of young people know who they are or what they are about! They are the earth’s mightiest hero’s people, according to Marvel Comics that is. The Avengers started out with five members which consist of Iron Man (Tony Stark), Ant-Man (Dr. Henry Pym), Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), Thor, and the Hulk (Bruce Banner). Captain America only joined the team later when they discovered him frozen in ice and rescued him. The reason for the team up is to fight super villains who are too powerful for one superhero alone. Before they attack they shout their famous battle cry: "Avengers Assemble!”
Here is a list of the primary characters in the new movie:
Tony Stark (Iron Man)
Tony Stark is a self declared genius, philanthropist and playboy billionaire who invented a highly advanced combat suit which he uses to fight crime and villains. Tony Stark has a very witty dialogue in most movies and makes light of serious situations to unsettle his enemies.
Robert Downey, Jr. plays Tony Stark and has been the character in the previous two movies, Iron Man and Iron Man 2 which helps him connect with Tony Stark even more.
During World War II a soldier, Steve Rogers, agreed to test a highly experimental serum to give him superhuman powers and combat prowess. The serum worked but the formula was destroyed and the creator assassinated, annihilating the chance of reproducing the superhuman enhancement serum. Iron Man and Captain America often bump heads as Tony enjoys attention where Steve would rather do a good deed without receiving the attention.
Chris Evans stars Steve Rodgers in Captain America as well as the Avengers movie.
Bruce Banner was exposed to a high exposure of gamma radiation which transformed him into the iconic Hulk. Bruce will transform into the monster when he is enraged or when he gets excited. The Hulk is an interesting addition to the team as he doesn’t have full control of his emotions and is normally seen as a loose cannon. His powers consist of superhuman strength and the madder he gets the stronger he gets.
Old Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno will voice the Hulk in the Avengers movie. Mark Ruffalo will star the Hulk in Avengers.
Clint Barton is S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and features in the movie, Thor, picking up a bow and arrow rather than a sniper rifle. Hawkeye is one of two characters in the Avengers team who are a hundred percent human, the only thing that sets him aside from humanity is his innate skill with bow and arrow.
Jeremy Renner stars as Clint Barton (Hawkeye) in Avengers.
The Black Widow is another member of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organisation. Black Widow has the power of being highly skilled in combat. She has a long standing relationship with Hawkeye and they are both hundred percent human.
Scarlett Johansson stars as Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) in the Avengers.
Thor is the god of Thunder and in this movie he takes the special heart in taking down the supervillian, his adopted brother. Besides stopping his brother from taking over the world he has constantly battles evil and hates injustice. Thor has a hammer, Mjolnir, which he uses as a conductor for his lightning attacks and he has superhuman strength (super-god strength really) and can lift as much as a 100 tons.
Chris Hemsworth will star as Thor in the Avengers
Loki was adopted by Odin and eventually Loki discovered his true heritage. Since then he has been destructive and manipulative of the heroes and people of the universe. In this film he sees himself as the ruler of earth and wishes to take over the world by show of force, it’s a great villain to start off with for an introduction to the Avengers.
Tom Hiddleston will star as Loki in Avengers and played Loki once again in the movie Thor.