Opinion

Steen: Avengers have fun saving Earth

When nothing less than the Earth’s complete destruction and human annihilation is close to becoming a reality, the dysfunctional band of heroes emerges once again to try to right the wrongs being inflicted on our planet.

Thanks to Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who never played well with others, the most powerful source of energy has been lost and other creatures are on the hunt for it. The Earth’s mightiest super heroes are brought out of their forced self-exile to once again become The Avengers.

While Marvel Comic’s Avengers and the X-Men debuted the very same month in 1963, they did not share the same world stage and seldom interacted until 2012 with the movie: Avengers vs X-Men—could have used both teams at some points in this show as it was quite the fight to save humanity.

The Avengers have a complicated history. Having super heroes in the 1960s was not “cool” and the super guys were replaced by westerns, horror shows and sci-fi. The public was less likely to look to the skies to watch ‘good over evil’ play out.

And even the Super Heroes were often in and out of vogue as everyone from Spiderman to Wolverine has been, at one time, part of the Avengers team.

The Avengers were always in a league of their own. Unlike X-Men, they were not social outcasts and unlike The Fantastic Four, they are not a family.

I’m not sure what the box office numbers are going to be for the first weekend, but I only just managed to grab a seat in the absolutely packed theatre on Saturday night, so if that’s any indication The Avengers should fare pretty well.

I actually really enjoyed this show. It was sure action packed with unbelievable special effects and it had true comic moments. I mean, laugh out loud comic moments, which is not easy to pull off while the world is being attacked by beings from another planet.

The usual cast including Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire Tony Stark and his love interest Pepper Potts played by Gwyneth Paltrow; the straight arrow Captain America (Chris Evans) is still defending the ideals of the USA; Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson; Scarlet Johansson as Natasha Romanoff a spy known as The BlackWidow; Mark Ruffalo as Dr. Bruce Banner (or his alter ego The Hulk depending on his mood); and Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Oden’s son, friend of Earth and desperate to stop his brother’s goal of destruction to all mankind.

Also back as Chief of S.H.I.E.L.D. is Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

One good line was: “I sort of met you already…I watched you while you were sleeping.”

This was a couple of hours of good, clean fun—well fun if you don’t count the ugly parts about the world being in peril.

I give The Avengers four stars. We’re all still here, aren’t we, so I guess they saved the planet—isn’t that worth four stars?

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