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The Avengers (2012)

aka The Avengers

"Some assembly required."

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Details: 143 mins · English, Russian · PG-13 (USA)


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Seriously Disappointing

Although the special effects were wonderful and the fights were mind-blowing even in 2D, I have to say that The Avengers' plot definitely blows. There was no depth to the story and there was a big lack of plot-twisting, jaw-dropping moments.

In my opinion, the Avengers' individual movies had much better story lines and were much more fun to watch.

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Terrific superhero movie. I loved the interaction between the different characters, and how they managed to give each one screen-time.

Rewatch 2014: It was rather weird to see this one after having followed the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" series though - Coulson definitely has changed somewhat, and I found myself missing Sky, Ward and the others.

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Joss Whedon's attempt to bring these superheroes into one massive film has been a great success. Although, I think that not all the protagonists have been given enough emphasis, this leaves us, fans, wanting for more!

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Small Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
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Small Professor Erik Selvig
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"Some assembly required."


The Asgardian Loki encounters the Other, the leader of an extraterrestrial race known as the Chitauri. In exchange for retrieving the Tesseract,2 a powerful energy source of unknown potential, the Other promises Loki a Chitauri army with which he can subjugate the Earth. Nick Fury, director of the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D., and his lieutenant Agent Maria Hill arrive at a remote research facility during an evacuation, where physicist Dr. Erik Selvig is leading a research team experimenting on the Tesseract. Agent Phil Coulson explains that the object has begun radiating an unusual form of energy. The Tesseract suddenly activates and opens a wormhole, allowing Loki to reach Earth. Loki takes the Tesseract and uses his scepter to enslave Selvig and several agents, including Clint Barton, to aid him in his getaway.

In response to the attack, Fury reactivates the "Avengers Initiative". Agent Natasha Romanoff is sent to Calcutta to recruit Dr. Bruce Banner to trace the Tesseract through its gamma radiation emissions. Coulson visits Tony Stark to have him review Selvig's research, and Fury approaches Steve Rogers with an assignment to retrieve the Tesseract. While Barton steals iridium needed to stabilize the Tesseract's power, Loki causes a distraction in Stuttgart leading to a confrontation with Rogers, Stark, and Romanoff that ends with Loki's surrender. While Loki is being escorted to S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor, his adoptive brother, arrives and frees him hoping to convince him to abandon his plan and return to Asgard. After a confrontation with Stark and Rogers, Thor agrees to take Loki to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s flying aircraft carrier, the Helicarrier. There Loki is imprisoned, while scientists Banner and Stark attempt to locate the Tesseract.

The Avengers become divided, both over how to approach Loki and the revelation that S.H.I.E.L.D. plans to harness the Tesseract to develop weapons as a deterrent against hostile extraterrestrials. As the group argues, Barton and Loki's other possessed agents attack the Helicarrier, disabling its engines in flight and causing Banner to transform into the Hulk. Stark and Rogers try to restart the damaged engine, and Thor attempts to stop the Hulk's rampage. Romanoff fights Barton, and knocks him unconscious, breaking Loki's mind control. Loki escapes after killing Coulson and ejecting Thor from the airship, while the Hulk falls to the ground after attacking a S.H.I.E.L.D. fighter jet. Fury uses Coulson's death to motivate the Avengers into working as a team. Stark and Rogers realize that simply defeating them will not be enough for Loki; he needs to overpower them publicly to validate himself as ruler of Earth. Loki uses the Tesseract, in conjunction with a device Selvig built, to open a wormhole above Stark Tower to the Chitauri fleet in space, launching his invasion.

The Avengers rally in defense of New York City, the wormhole's location, but quickly realize they will be overwhelmed as wave after wave of Chitauri descend upon Earth. Banner transforms into the Hulk, and together with Rogers, Stark, Thor, Barton and Romanoff, they battle the Chitauri while evacuating civilians. The Hulk goes after Loki and beats him into submission. Romanoff makes her way to the wormhole, where Selvig, freed of Loki's control, reveals that Loki's scepter can be used to close the wormhole. Meanwhile, Fury's superiors attempt to end the invasion by launching a nuclear missile at Manhattan. Stark intercepts the missile and takes it through the wormhole toward the Chitauri fleet. The missile detonates, destroying the Chitauri's mothership and leaving their forces disabled on Earth. Stark's suit runs out of power and he falls back through the wormhole, but the Hulk saves him from crashing to the ground. Romanoff deactivates the wormhole to prevent further invasion. In the aftermath, Thor returns Loki and the Tesseract to Asgard. Fury expresses confidence that the Avengers will return if and when they are needed.

In the first of two post-credits scenes, the Other confers with his master3 about the attack on Earth and humanity's resistance; in the second, the Avengers eat in silence at a shawarma restaurant.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2012-05-04 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2012-04-25 : Australia

Theatrical : 2012-04-25 : Belgium

Theatrical : 2012-04-25 : France

Theatrical : 2012-04-25 : Italy

Theatrical : 2012-04-25 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2012-04-25 : New Zealand

Theatrical : 2012-04-25 : Philippines

Theatrical : 2012-04-25 : Portugal

Theatrical : 2012-04-25 : Taiwan

Theatrical : 2012-04-26 : Argentina

Theatrical : 2012-04-26 : Chile

Theatrical : 2012-04-26 : Denmark

Theatrical : 2012-04-26 : Dominican Republic

Theatrical : 2012-04-26 : Germany

Theatrical : 2012-04-26 : Greece

Theatrical : 2012-04-26 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 2012-04-26 : Hungary

Theatrical : 2012-04-26 : Ireland

Theatrical : 2012-04-26 : Malaysia

Theatrical : 2012-04-26 : Peru

Theatrical : 2012-04-26 : South Korea

Theatrical : 2012-04-26 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Brazil

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Colombia

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Costa Rica

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Finland

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Guatemala

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Iceland

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : India

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Mexico

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Norway

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Panama

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Paraguay

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Spain

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Sweden

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Uruguay

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Vietnam

Theatrical : 2012-05-01 : Bulgaria

Theatrical : 2012-05-01 : Latvia

Theatrical : 2012-05-01 : Singapore

Theatrical : 2012-05-01 : Thailand

Theatrical : 2012-05-02 : Serbia

Theatrical : 2012-05-03 : Bahrain

Theatrical : 2012-05-03 : Croatia

Theatrical : 2012-05-03 : Czech Republic

Theatrical : 2012-05-03 : Kuwait

Theatrical : 2012-05-03 : Russia

Theatrical : 2012-05-03 : Serbia

Theatrical : 2012-05-03 : Slovenia

Theatrical : 2012-05-03 : Ukraine

Theatrical : 2012-05-04 : Canada

Theatrical : 2012-05-04 : Estonia

Theatrical : 2012-05-04 : Indonesia

Theatrical : 2012-05-04 : Lithuania

Theatrical : 2012-05-04 : Romania

Theatrical : 2012-05-04 : Turkey

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Armenia

Theatrical : 2012-05-10 : Israel

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Pakistan

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Poland

Theatrical : 2012-05-11 : Republic of Macedonia

Theatrical : 2012-05-17 : Cambodia

Theatrical : 2012-05-31 : Georgia

Theatrical : 2012-08-03 : Bangladesh

Theatrical : 2012-08-14 : Japan

Theatrical : 2012-04-11 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2012-05-03 : Kazakhstan

Theatrical : 2012-04-27 : Venezuela

DVD : 2012-09-25 : United States of America

DVD : 2012-08-28 : Brazil

Blu-ray disc : 2012-08-28 : Brazil

2012-04-28 : United States of America