I've been hanging out for this for a long time, and despite it opening two days ago, I waited until today to go and see it.IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME!
You guys have to understand, through out the movie i've been wanting to talk to someone about it, as soon as it ended I wanted to find an internet cafe to splooge but instead waited to get home.IT IS THAT FUCKING AWESOME!
The whole story flowed together, it was perfectly written, all the characters came together perfectly (after they beat the hell out of each other). Everything was done right I felt.
Stand outs? None. Well none you could single out.
Robert Downey Jr. is still perfect as Tony Stark. Going into the movie I expected him to over shadow everyone, but that's not the case. His character is larger than life, but everything is balanced so he's not taking up all the screen time.
As for the rest, Chris Evans felt more comfortable as Captain America. Of the stand alone movies, that was my least favourite and I didn't feel he was suited for the role, but there was none of that with this movie.
Chris Hemsworth also stepped up in his role as Thor. We get to see more of the "thunder god" unleashing his abilities.
Mark Ruffalo was the wildcard as Bruce Banner. He's stepping into a role that others have tried, and he did a good job. While he may not have had the screen time of the others, he fitted in well. And when the monster was unleashed ... then destruction was to be had.
Captain America giving orders wrote:Hulk. Smash!
Scarlett Johansson was a surprise for me. She had a larger role than in previous movies and she really brought the character to life (though part of me is still wishing for a Russian accent). I left hoping for her to get her own "origins" movie.
Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury, meh ... nothing stand out here, he did his job.
Another surprise for me was Cobie Smulders (Robin from How I met your Mother) as Maria Hill. It wasn't a large role, but the potential is there for the character to grow.
Now the last character ... Agent Phil Coulson played by Clark Gregg. He's been there with all the movies and his special feature on the Thor DVD brought them all together. He's a character that's grown through the movies, he may not be super powered, but there's something about him that I liked. Which is why ...I shed a tear when he died. Part of my screams out that there was no need for him to die, but in the greater scheme of things ... he did.
The movie is two and a half hours or so long. You don't notice it though. The pacing is perfect. There's plenty of one liners that give plenty of chuckles (even from Hulk!). Overall, everything has come together perfectly and even though all movies have flaws, these ones are drastically outweighed by the positives.
I suspect that even with Prometheus and Dark Knight Rises (both of which were previewed before Avengers) coming out later this year, The Avengers will be the movie of the year for me.
(And for those who like to spot him, Stan Lee's appearance is towards the end of the movie after the final battle)
Oh and like all Marvel movies, there is another scene mid-credits. Setting up for Avengers 2 with the big bad revealed to be Thanos
Go and see it. I'll be very surprised if you don't enjoy it.