When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster...enter the Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow.
"Marvel's The Avengers" is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series "The Avengers," first published in 1963.
Lou Ferrigno voices the Hulk in this film.
The film was converted to 3D during post-production for the theatrical release.
Complex legal issues prevented a number of "Avengers" characters from their inclusion in this film. Most notably, these include Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch, the twin children of X-Men) villain Magneto, and frequent adversaries Doctor Doom (nemesis of the Fantastic Four) and Norman Osbourne/Green Goblin (the primary antagonist of Spider-Man). Though all characters are owned by Marvel/Disney, the "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" characters had all been licensed to Fox Studios, and those of "Spider-Man" to Sony before work began on an "Avengers" film. Marvel has said that in the future they hope to regain the rights to all licensed properties, that the aforementioned characters might have a role in subsequent "Avengers" films.
The first film to gross $200 million in its first three days in the USA.
Nick Fury: [narrating] And there came a day, a day unlike any other... when Earth's mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat... to fight the foes no single superhero could withstand... on that day, The Avengers were born.
Nick Fury: I still believe in heroes.
Bruce Banner: We're not a team. We're a time-bomb!
Steve Rogers: Stark, we need a plan of attack!
Tony Stark: I have a plan: attack!
Tony Stark: I thought we were having a moment.
Pepper Potts: I was having twelve percent of a moment.
Steve Rogers: Are you nuts?
Tony Stark: Jury's out.
The Avengers kicks ass. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli of Reel Views.
The Avengers has it all. And then some. Six superheroes for the price of one ticket... It's also the blockbuster I saw in my head when I imagined a movie that brought together the idols of the Marvel world in one, shiny, stupendously exciting package. It's "Transformers" with a brain, a heart and working sense of humor. Suck on that, Michael Bay. Reviewed by: Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.
When I see these six together, I can't help thinking of the champions at the Westminster Dog Show. You have breeds that seem completely different from one another (Labradors, poodles, boxers, Dalmatians), and yet they're all champions. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times.
It's clamorous, the save-the-world story is one everyone's seen time and again, and the characters have been around for more than half a century in 500 comic book issues. But Whedon and his cohorts have managed to stir all the personalities and ingredients together so that the resulting dish, however familiar, is irresistibly tasty again. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter