The Avengers (2012)

Loki has come to Earth with the intent to take over. In order to do so, he wishes to harness the power of the Tesseract to open a portal and summon an alien army. In response, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury looks to gather some of Earth's heroes. In particular, he has recruited Tony Stark/Iron Man, Steve Rogers/Captain America, and Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Already working for S.H.I.E.L.D. is Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Clint Barton/Hawkeye. Note, however, that upon his arrival to Earth, Loki used his scepter to control various S.H.I.E.L.D. employees, one of who included Hawkeye. As the story progresses, our heroes manage to capture Loki and are intercepted by Thor. After talking things through, Thor cooperates with S.H.I.E.L.D. and returns to the headquarters with Loki as their captive. Some suspicion is raised that Loki gave in too easily.

While trying to figure out Loki's motives, the agency and the heroes continue to search for the missing Tesseract. This is the primary reason for Fury's recruitment of Banner, who is an expert in gamma rays. Stark, who gets along with Banner scientifically, assists Banner with this search. One thing leads to another and eventually chaos erupts. Banner turns into the Hulk, Black Widow fighting Hawkeye, Loki ejects Thor plummeting in a container towards Earth, himself fleeing to safety, and Captain America and Iron Man trying to fix part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. flying aircraft carrier.

After the mayhem is resolved, the situation looks grim. The team has practically given up. Fury, however, manages to use Agent Coulson's death to motivate the team to fight on.*

*While the movie imparts the feeling that Coulson is dead, one can not conclude with certainty that he is dead. In particular, the character is set to appear in the television series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", a show which takes place chronologically after this movie. While there are different theories on how this is possible, we'll have to learn.

This movie is great! I liked Iron Man (2008) and this movie is so much better than that.

You have the witty Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the beautiful and deadly Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and an awesome Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Plenty of fun jokes.

I jumped when Banner scared Black Widow.

Plenty of great one-liners which I can't remember off the top of my head.

The action in this movie is amazing. The way the film panned from one hero to the next in part of the final epic battle was awesome. And epic is definitely the right word to describe that battle.

One thing I'm unsure of is how Iron Man seemed to drift off the rocket backwards. Was he still being affected by the Earth's gravity? How did he lose all the forward momentum he had from holding the rocket? Minor detail which hopefully has an explanation I missed. It's still great movie.

Nobody except my friend and I remained in the theater to see the very end (the scene after the credits rolled). Of course, he's seen the movie twice before and generally just waits for me because I love sitting through the credits. People ask me why, sometimes I read the names, but I mostly enjoy the music. I also hold the sentiment that it is just another part of the movie. At minimum I would want to watch the part of the credits that has any sort of fancy animation, pictures, video, background, etc. [20121119] I certainly have many other reasons for staying.

The Expendables 2 (2012)
The Dark Knight Rises
The Amazing Spider-Man
Brave (2012)

There might have been a trailer for Prometheus (2012), but I sometimes I confuse the trailers with the First Look feature that plays before the trailers roll. The same goes with Men in Black 3 (2012) and That's My Boy (2012).

This movie is full of great one-liners.

There were various things that could have factored into Iron Man's return to Earth. First, he might have slightly pushed away from the rocket. Second, after he lets go, some shoulder pads eject. Then there's the explosion, which should be the main force driving him back towards the portal. In any case, its not as impossible as I had thought it to be from the first viewing.

On a different note, I could hear my roommate watching Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008), also directed by Joss Whedon.

Possibly My Favorite Part of the Movie:
Steve Rogers: Doctor Banner, I think now might be a good time for you to get angry.
Bruce Banner: That's my secret, Cap: I'm always angry.

Best Zero-Liner:
The Hulk and Thor take down one of those alien creatures. They stand and rest. The Hulk punches Thor out of the way and sniffs.

Instant Comments:
2: Shawarma
2: That final battle is just epic.
2: I wonder if I noticed the A remaining on Stark's tower after the first time I watched the movie. Probably.

2: A scene plays after the main end titles. Then the credits roll and then there's the extra scene at the very end of them in the cafe. That last scene is so simple, and yet I find it funny. There's no talking, just a bunch of super heroes gathered around a table, tired and/or eating.


Bruce Banner: Should have got paid up front, Banner.
Natasha Romanoff: [comes up behind him] You know, for a man who's supposed to be avoiding stress, you picked a hell of a place to settle.
Bruce Banner: Avoiding stress isn't the secret.
Natasha Romanoff: Then, what is it? Yoga?
Bruce Banner: STOP LYING TO ME!
Bruce Banner: I'm sorry, that was mean. I just wanted to see what you'd do. Why don't we do this the easy way, where you don't use that, and the other guy doesn't make a mess? Okay?

Tony Stark: I thought we were having a moment.
Pepper Potts: I was having 12% of a moment.
Steve Rogers: Stark, we need a plan of attack!
Tony Stark: I have a plan: attack!
Nick Fury: [walks away] Well, let me know if "real power" wants a magazine or something.
Tony Stark: That man is playing Galaga! Thought we wouldn't notice. But we did.

Tony Stark: [to Bruce Banner] You really have got a lid on it, haven't you? What's your secret? Mellow jazz? Bongo drums? Huge bag of weed?
Bruce Banner: Sorry, kids. You don't get to see my little party trick after all.
Hawkeye: [to Iron Man] Want to give me a lift?
Iron Man: Right. Better clench up, Legolas.
The Hulk: Puny god.

Released 20120504
Watched 20120604 Theatre. Garden Grove [AVENGERS] 10:00PM $6.00
Watched 20130703 (Netflix, Instant)
The Avengers (2012) Joss Whedon. 143 min

Relevant Links:
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Marvel's The Avengers (
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Marvel Cinematic Universe - Phase One: Avengers Assembled
Iron Man (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Thor (2011)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)

This HISHE episode doesn't actually change the ending, but various jokes are made in the Superhero Cafe.

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