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The Avengers


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 Written by
Joss Whedon Screenplay
Zak Penn Story
Joss Whedon Story
Jack Kirby Characters
Stan Lee Comic Book
Jane Wu Storyboard

 Directed by
Joss Whedon

Loki, brother of Thor from Asgard, has stolen an energy source called the Tesseract, that can also act as a door between two worlds. The S.H.I.E.L.D organization is building a team of superheroes named The Avengers to fight Loki and bring the Tesseract back.


 Release Date
April 25, 2012

2 hours and 23 minutes (143 minutes)

Robert Downey Jr.
  Tony Stark / Iron Man
Chris Evans
  Steve Rogers / Captain America
Chris Hemsworth
  Thor Odinson
Mark Ruffalo
  Bruce Banner / The Hulk
Scarlett Johansson
  Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Jeremy Renner
  Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Tom Hiddleston
Samuel L. Jackson
  Nick Fury
Cobie Smulders
  Maria Hill
Clark Gregg
  Phil Coulson
Stellan Skarsgård
  Erik Selvig
Gwyneth Paltrow
  Virginia "Pepper" Potts
Paul Bettany
  J.A.R.V.I.S. (voice)
Alexis Denisof
  The Other
Tina Benko
  NASA Scientist
Jerzy Skolimowski
  Georgi Luchkov
Kirill Nikiforov
  Weaselly Thug
Jeff Wolfe
  Tall Thug
M'laah Kaur Singh
  Young Girl
Rashmi Rustagi
  Calcutta Woman
Powers Boothe
  World Security Council
Jenny Agutter
  World Security Council
Arthur Darbinyan
  World Security Council
Donald Li
  World Security Council
Warren Kole
  Carrier BridgeTechs
Alicia Sixtos
  Carrier Bridge Techs
Maximiliano Hernández
  Jasper Sitwell
Dieter Riesle
  Gala Scientist
Kenneth Tigar
  German Old Man
Walter Perez
  Shield Pilot
Harry Dean Stanton
  Security Guard
Josh Cowdery
  Maintenance Guy
Ashley Johnson
Katsumi Komatsu
  Japanese Family
Yumiko Komatsu
  Japanese Family
Robert Clohessy
  Police Sergeant
Enver Gjokaj
  Police Officer
Fernanda Toker
  Office Woman
Andrea Vecchio
  News Reporter
Robin Swoboda
  News Reporter
Brent McGee
  Faceless Pilot
Jamie McShane
  Celebration Montage Interviewee
Michael Zhang
  Celebration Montage Interviewee
William-Christopher Stephens
  Celebration Montage Interviewee
Kelley Robins Hicks
  Celebration Montage Interviewee
Romy Rosemont
  Shawna Lynde
James Eckhouse
  Senator Boynton
Stan Lee
Thomas Roberts
Pat Kiernan
Damion Poitier
  Thanos (uncredited)
Lou Ferrigno
  Hulk (voice - uncredited)
Jesse Garcia
  Carrier BridgeTechs
Momoko Komatsu
  Japanese Family
Jillian Morgese
  Woman in Restaurant (uncredited)
Catherine Anderson
  German Pedestrian (uncredited)
Ricardo Andres
  Lentil Merchant (uncredited)
Logan Bennett
  S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent (uncredited)
Mayank Bhatter
  Celebration Montage Man Shaving Beard (uncredited)
Sharita Bone
  Gala Guest (uncredited)
Jason Botsford
  Museum Gala Patron (uncredited)
Mary Kate Campbell
  Stuttgart Biergarten patron (uncredited)
Gene N. Chavez
  S.H.I.E.L.D. Guard (uncredited)
Layla Cushman
  Gala Guest (uncredited)
Robert Dean
  Soldier (uncredited)
Rick Dremann
  Museum Gala Guest (uncredited)
Jeffrey Feingold
  Captain Putz (uncredited)
Rod Fielder
  Pedestrian (uncredited)
Eric Frank
  Stuttgart Citizen (uncredited)
Israel Hall
  S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent (uncredited)
Carmen Dee Harris
  Museum Gala Patron (uncredited)
Alexander Christopher Jones
  Mercenary (uncredited)
Mike Karban
  Pedestrian (uncredited)
Demoine Kinney
  S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent (uncredited)
Andrew Knode
  Stuttgart Citizen (uncredited)
Annette Lawless
  Hostage (uncredited)
Kimberly J. Mahoney
  Limo Driver (uncredited)
Todd Manes
  Helicarrier Medical Team Leader (uncredited)
Jorge Mardel
  Stuttgart Driver (uncredited)
Tiffany Sander McKenzie
  Civilian (uncredited)
Michael McMillan
  Cafe Patron (uncredited)
Sean Meehan
  Guard (uncredited)
Joti Nagra
  Waitress (uncredited)
Holly Neelie
  Gala Museum Patron (uncredited)
Caleb Daniel Noal
  Extra (uncredited)
Joseph O'Brien
  New York City Pedestrian (uncredited)
Jeremy Orr
  S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent (uncredited)
Nate Paige
  New York Pedestrian (uncredited)
Martin Palmer
  Shiel Employee (uncredited)
Maria Perossa
  Museum Gala Guest (uncredited)
Caleb Pieplow
  Extra (uncredited)
Alexander Daniel Pimentel
  Helicarrier Shield Agent (uncredited)
Frank Powers
  S.H.I.EL.D Agent - Loki Escort (uncredited)
Jaime Powers
  S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent (uncredited)
Brent Reichert
  Stuttgart Gala Patron (uncredited)
Kelly Ruble
  S.H.E.I.L.D. Agent (uncredited)
Gina Sarno
  Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Robert B. Schneider IV
  New York City Police Officer (uncredited)
Jeff Seich
  New York Police Officer in Firefight (uncredited)
Christina Shaffer
  Stuttgart Beer Garden Patron (uncredited)
Alonda Shevette
  Lab Tech (uncredited)
Douglas Slygh
  Museum Gala Patron (uncredited)
Colin Strause
  S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent #4 (uncredited)
Robert P. Thitoff
  Gala Patron (uncredited)
George Thomas
  S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent (uncredited)
Shane Thompson
  Pedestrian (uncredited)
Jerry Lee Tucker
  Mercenary (uncredited)
Tai Urban
  Child on News #1 (uncredited)
Chris Vaina
  Running Pedestrian (uncredited)
Sandra Weston
  Sweeper (uncredited)
Seth Zielicke
  Barbershop (uncredited)
Alex DeCourville
  Tourist (uncredited)
Andrea-Nichole Olivas
  S.H.I.E.L.D agent (uncredited)
Tina Grimm
  NYC Pedestrian (uncredited)
Evan Kole
  Principal (uncredited)

- Nick Fury
- Captain America
- The Hulk
- The Hawk
- Black Widow
- Loki
- Thor

Add a Quote

Captain America: We need a plan of attack!
Stark: I have a plan. Attack.


Black Widow: Love is for children.

Loki: I have an army.
Stark: We have a Hulk.


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By Jack Anderson on March 18, 2018

Technically, the movie is of course, as you'd expect with a $220 million budget, good. Everything is well done. All the make ups, the costumes, the sets, the special effects are perfect. And that's the problem. Everything is perfect, like a nice lifeless toy. Even the format is too nice, at 1.78. For a blockbuster movie like this, I would of course personally prefer a 2.35. But it has its charm, nevertheless.

My favourite characters are without any single doubt Stark (Iron Man) and Dr Banner (The Hulk). Why, you ask? Well, simply because the first one wears Black Sabbath sweats, attacks with AC/DC's loud music and is having fun lines, not caring about anything. As for the second, he's not perfect, is feeling unsecure and it's good fun to guess when he's going to be angry and transforms into a green monster.

The lesson I learned in the last years or so is that watching this movie without having watched the previous MCU movies is a terrible idea. If you do so, you won't understand why Captain America is annoyed by Iron Man or the backstory from Thor and Loki. I must say I've watched this movie a few times and the first times I disliked it. And after having watched the first movies before, I much, much more enjoyed it. I won't say this movie is awesome, but it is surely entertaining, and this is its primary objective.

The story is having three arcs. First, the introduction, where we get to understand the story. It is quite nice, as we discover the new Hulk (first appearance of Mark Ruffalo) and more.
Second, the story taking place on the flying ship. While it is interesting, I think this is the biggest flaw of the film, or at least its downside. I think this story is too long. For a film that long, it takes a lot of screen time and while it is fun at first, it feels quickly old.
Third, the fight in New York. This is a classic for any superhero movie. I wonder how many times New York was destroyed in movies. Maybe in the next superhero film, they should invade a small town instead. That would seem more ironic.

A very well produced movie that does the job. I give it 6 out of 10. Very good.

Very good
By Carry9 on January 7, 2019

Very good.


With a movie like this you wonder how all of the otherwise, main characters will work together and support the story.

No problems here. While as might be expected, R. Downey Jr. comes across largely central, it is still a good mix and IMHO the best scenes in the movie involve the generated Hulk character.

With that kind of successful melding of characters, Hollywood-scale egos and even computer generated characters; you have to give it up to the writers and director to make this the successful film that it is.


**A long format review from 2012**

My new favourite Marvel Cinematic Universe film, undoubtedly! Order goes thusly;

1. The Avengers
2. Iron Man
3. Thor
4. Captain America
5. Iron Man 2
6. The Incredible Hulk

I had the privilege of going to Sydney and watching this almost a full three weeks before it’s American release, in a special advance screening for fans and a handful of critics. I drove up and back on a day trip with my mate HRV, spent over $400 between us… So worth it.

I think perhaps my expectations of The Avengers were too high. In fact I know they were, even so, I feel that it almost managed to meet them. All but two of the fears I had about this epic were quashed without a doubt. I initially was worried about Mark Ruffalo helming the role of The Hulk/Bruce Banner after taking over from Edward Norton who was ousted after his first appearance. My complaints were completely unfounded however, as Mark Ruffalo presents us with an at least as good Marvel Hero.

In terms of entertainment, The Avengers is one of the greatest feats ever produced. At the screening I went to, I actually missed more than a couple of lines due to the fact that the entire bloody cinema was in hysterics from some classic Joss Whedon (Director - Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse) humour. The squabbles between these larger than life characters are not quite up to the peak that Jon Favreau’s Iron Man & Iron Man 2 sit on, but in terms of film in general, they are some of the better interactions I’ve ever seen.

The only weak points I really have to whinge about are both quite minor, and perhaps can be rectified in the MCU future. Firstly, Thor’s return to Earth (whilst brilliantly dramatic and pretty) was quite weak in terms of exposition. That said, this isn’t a Thor movie, so we don’t need to know everything that happens to him. Also, in next year’s Thor 2, it is very possible we’ll discover more specific details about the first few scenes of his return. Secondly, Loki’s army also came across to me quite weakly. In case we have any Marvel aficionados in the crowd, I won’t spoil it by telling you who they’re supposed to be, but in general the whole army was essentially a meat shield used to bump out scenes in which The Avengers get to kick ass. A very enjoyable part of the film, but one that doesn’t really drive the story at all.

I feel the only way I can adequately describe just how much you need to see this movie (in cinemas) is this: For those of you who understand me, you will be know and be aware of just how much I fucking hate the concept of Blu-Ray. I am going to buy a Blu-Ray player, a HD television, and Blu-Ray discs, just so that I will get more special features when The Avengers is released. Never have I even considered doing such a thing before.

The Avengers doesn’t get into your mind and rape it in the best way possible like Revolver or Donnie Darko. It doesn’t get into your guts and turn them with nostalgic violence like the brilliance in Doomsday or Outpost. It gets into your heart, and leaves you not just wanting, but needing more. Long live the MCU!



Per Gunnar Jonsson

After the recent disappointments from Marvel, notably Thor and the abysmal second instalment of Ghost Rider, this was a pleasant experience.

The special effects are dazzling, the plot is acceptable and the heroes are not making total idiots out of themselves just because the director wanted some “depth” to their characters. Sure there is a little bickering in between them but not too much to distract from the fun.

I’ve always liked Robert Downey Jr’s portrayal of Tony Stark and his sharp tongue. I did wonder how they where going to get the Hulk in there since he’s supposed to be uncontrollable but they did it. Okay they downplayed his uncontrollability a bit but I can live with that. I absolutely loved the “puny god” scene (if you haven’t seen the film yet you’ll have to see it to know what I mean, I wont spoil it in advance).

I have to say that I found Thor himself a bit underwhelming again though. I just expect something more imposing as the good of thunder. But then I’m Scandinavian so…

Anyway, this was a great film. I enjoyed it very much.


One of the few movies to actually make me feel like a kid again, Joss Whedon was the perfect filmmaker to do this film. Everyone gets their time to shine. The script juggles every plot point and character moment with clarity and ease. It's funny, smart, and visually jaw dropping. Definitely lived up to the five movie hype.

E.J. Cummings

I give this 10 Stars based on it being not only better than the trailer and the hype made me thing it would be, but also that it was the first time anything the size and scope of the Marvel Cinematic universe was pulled off successfully. Having Joss direct this movie lives and dies on character interaction. This movie is on the definitive list in my opinion even just for that.

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