The movie takes a while to fully get going, but as soon as our main cast comes full circle the real fun begins. Each character is battling their demons along the way so getting this group to work together is not going to be a walk in the park. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) has to come to terms with working as part of a team. He and Whedon are perfect together and Downey gets some of the best lines throughout the movie, “We have a Hulk”. Captain America (Chris Evans) plays the lost soul who is struggling to come to terms after being awoken in the future. Add Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to the mix, who is caught up trying to protect Earth while also trying to save his brother Loki who is set on destroying it. All three characters feel right here and its fun to see them interact. Whether they’re arguing amongst one another or working together as a team all three play their part well.
Whedon’s ability to work with strong female characters shows with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) throughout the film. We learn that she is not only dangerous but also an intelligent force that can hold her own in this testosterone filled group.
One character that is underutilised though is Hawkeye played by the charming Jeremy Renner. After a brief appearance in Thor his character is not given the screen time or character development compared to his fellow cast members. Black Widow and Hawkeye are given a nice side story that helps both identify with the audience. The brother/sister dynamic between the two is handled nicely and gives them both a chance to set themselves apart from the rest of the cast.
Two cast members stand out though, one being Loki who serves as the main villain for the story. His character has gone from the sympathetic outcast he was in Thor, to an uncontrollable villain that thinks himself as an untouchable force that should be worshipped by humanity. The Hulk was probably the biggest concern I had going into this movie. After two failed attempts at portraying the Hulk on the big screen many wondered could it be done successfully. Thankfully it was third time lucky and it’s the Hulk who ends up stealing the show. He is played brilliantly by Mark Ruffalo, a character who is struggling with his inner turmoil while trying to keep the Hulk under constant control.
The movie builds up to this final battle and it does not disappoint. The background characters are all given nice moments but do take a backseat to the main group unfortunately. The movie is filled with witty dialogue, breath taking special effects and as many epic moments one would expect to see in a movie of this grandeur. Not only is this one of the most satisfying comic book movies ever made but it is an immensely enjoyable journey. The end result is a marvellous cinematic experience that is entertaining from start to finish.