The Avengers – The Superhero Team up of a Lifetime
Do you know your avengers?? Well if you don’t; get ready for some; “Oh Hell No” or some “Say what?”. No worries though; before you head out to watch the blockbuster, read this UthMag preview to get you all set. Get your Popcorn Ready!
This venture featuring iconic Marvel Superheroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow easily makes for one of the most anticipated movies of the year 2012. It all began with a post credit snippet in The Iron Man back in 2008, as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) meets Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) to discuss the Avengers initiative. Ever since, the follow up marvel superhero movies contain similar sequences to show the building up of the team and eventually, with the introduction of Captain America, we complete the superhero team up of a lifetime. The team must get through their differences and pull the world back from the brink of disaster.
The cast consisting of big names including, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson, produced by Kevin Feige and written and directed by Joss Whedon makes for a dream team on its own.
I was really skeptical about this movie when I heard about it at first until I actually saw the trailer, now I am just extremely excited. Joss Whedon is a great writer and I think he is going to do a really good job with the film and if nothing else it’s going to have fantastic character interaction as Joss is amazing with that, demonstrated in his earlier work in the X-men (2000). At bare minimum it’s going to be very entertaining that’s for sure courtesy of a great cast, iconic characters coupled with action and spectacular special effects, when Marvel’s The Avengers assemble this May. As we wait let’s get acquainted with the main characters…
Played on screen, by Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Fury is the legendary Director of international peacekeeping organization S.H.E.I.L.D., which essentially is humanity’s first line of defense against the world’s biggest threats. When S.H.I.E.L.D. becomes aware of an evil that threatens global safety, Fury sets off to assemble a group of remarkable people, the planet’s most powerful beings, to combine forces so they could fight the battle, known as the Avengers.
Portrayed by Robert Downey Jr., Tony Stark is an eccentric genius, a billionaire, a playboy and a philanthropist. He gets kidnapped by a terrorist organization who forces him to build a weapon of mass destruction. During the process he suffers a severe chest injury and is now supported by a reactor. With the help of the power from the reactor Stark creates a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. He later uses the suit to protect the world as Iron Man.
Fresh off of defeating enemies the world over, stark reluctantly agreed to serve as a consultant to Nick Fury’s agency, S.H.E.I.L.D. Now, with global crisis on the horizon and the fate of the world in the balance, Stark must again power up his Iron Man armor to save the world, and become a fully-fledged member of the Avengers.
Portrayed by Chris Evans, Steve Rogers is transformed into a Super-Solider known as Captain America with the help of Howard Stark in a secret government program. His amazing feats during the WWII which saw him become a living legend. Rogers saved New York City and turned the tide of war, but during his final mission, crashed into the Arctic. As he wakes up in the modern day, Steve learns that he had spent decades frozen in the icy tundra.
The world has changed and Steve Rogers finds himself alone as he tries to fit into the world he seldom recognizes. However, when Nick Fury calls on Rogers to help him save the world, he quickly suits up as Captain America. With his no-nonsense attitude, strength and Leadership skills, Captain America wielding his iconic shield heads up to possibly lead the team of the Avengers.
Bruce Banner/The Hulk
Portrayed by Mark Ruffalo, Dr. Bruce Banner is a mild-mannered scientist who finds himself in a peculiar condition after a gamma radiation experiment goes awry. In his condition, if aggravated, he would transform into an uncontainable, green-skinned monster known as the Hulk. Fearful of the damage he could cause to the people close to him and trying to avoid those who would take advantage of him he decides to go into exile and works to cure the sick and help the poor.
Knowing full well that the unpredictability and incredible strength of Banner’s alter ego, Nick Fury decides he would be a valuable asset to the team. Knowing his character he would definitely need persuasion.
Portrayed by Chris Hemsworth, Thor is an arrogant Prince from the distant land of Asgard. His irresponsible behavior leads his homeland at the brink of war and is hence banished to Earth without his powers by his father, Odin the king of Asgard. While in exile on earth, Thor learns to be humble and helps to save his friends from the destructive threat sent by his brother Loki by sacrificing himself. By doing so, Thor redeems himself in the eyes of his father, regains his powers and returns home as a hero.
Thor must return to Earth once again to prevent a cosmic-level catastrophe. With Mjölnir in his hand, a legendary hammer with immense power, the mightily warrior soon finds himself into an unlikely alliance, The Avengers, lending his power to their cause against his wayward adopted brother, Loki.
Portrayed by Scarlett Johansson S.H.E.I.L.D agent Natasha Romanoff, aka the Black Widow, is one of the world’s greatest spies and quite possibly the world’s most skilled assassin. Armed with an extensive arsenal of specialized weapons like widow stings and cluster bombs, as well as a vast repertoire of martial arts skills, Romanoff’s unique talents make her Fury’s top agents and an integral part in assembling the Avengers.
Portrayed by Jeremy Renner, Clint Barton, one of S.H.E.L.D.S.’s most elite agents, code named Hawkeye, is the greatest living marksman on Earth. Armed with his weapon of choice, the recurve bow, Hawkeye fires his arsenal of custom augmented arrows, specialized for any number of specific situations, with perfect precision. With the potential for global catastrophe on the horizon, he employs his amazing combat skills to fight alongside the Avengers.
Played on screen by Tom Hiddleston, Loki retreats to unknown lands to plot his revenge after his bid to overthrow the throne of Asgard was thwarted by his brother Thor. Not just against his brother, but against Earth, whose inhabitants Thor now protect. Loki, now returns with a nefarious plot to conquer Earth and will stop at nothing to see his vision realized. When his misuse of power threatens the entire planet, it may take more than The Avengers to stop him.
Can’t wait? We know… neither can we. Coming to theaters on May 3rd.. This is one you need to look out for.
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