Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk and Captain America team up in an effort to save planet Earth from the threat imposed by Thor’s evil brother, Loki.
Each of the main characters involved has had their own movie(s) leading us to this first combined effort and my oh my it was worth the wait. Also in the team are Black Widow and Hawkeye who have featured in the previous films, albeit very briefly in the case of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).
The story has Loki (Tom Hiddleston) opening a space portal through which an army of hideous space creatures can emerge to wreak havoc on Earth but the real compelling feature here is the heroes putting aside their differences to work together against a formidable foe.
The entire cast are fantastic with Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man) just about edging it from Hiddleston’s turn as the villain in the performance department. Everyone looks like they are having a great time and all the characters get sufficient screen time to display their abilities.
There are many highlights in this film but look out for the cool fight between Iron Man and Thor and the stirring moment when Captain America, while issuing orders, turns to the big green guy and simply says “Hulk...smash!”
Spectacular, exciting, smart, emotional and surprisingly funny, Avengers Assemble is everything a blockbuster should be.
Ric’s Rating: Essential