****

Puny god.

I really, really liked this movie.  The first I heard of the Avengers movie I thought “Good luck,” in that voice from the bad guy in Taken.  Unlike X-Men or The Fantastic Four, the members of Avengers have had their own movies, well, at least The Incredible Hulk, The Invincible Iron Man, The Mighty Thor and The Captain America have. In fact, Hawkeye–Agent Clint Barton here, and the Black Widow each appeared in previous Marvel films, Thor and Iron Man 2: Iron Manlier respectively.  Even the villain, Tom Hiddleston’s wonderful Loki was already the villain in Thor. But it still becomes a sort of origin story since these are not team players, except for Captain America and he’s more of a team leader.  Yet, once I read that Joss Whedon would write and direct it my fondness for his* relaunch of Star Trek and the chemistry on Firefly gave me hope.  Those hopes leapt once I saw the previews.  I got chills.

While the movie is a tad long at 2:20, I am pleased to report that I basically enjoyed every minute.  The length comes from Whedon’s commitment to character, which is a wonderful weakness.  That just leaves more to appreciate on repeat viewings.  The great action, the subtle Marvel movies humor and truly watchable Hulk–thank you, for realizing that less in more–provide for what is bound to be the best comic book or action movie of the summer. Well, until Dark Knight Rises comes out…

*Okay, so this was JJ Abrams, not Joss Whedon, I have no excuse for this mistake. Thank you to Al Smith for noticing my error. Joss Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men was great though, and that gave me hope that he would do well with a comic book story.

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