The Avengers is an action movie based upon characters in Marvel Comics' series The Avengers. The Avengers tells the story of a diverse group of superheroes that must ban together to save Earth from destruction. The Avengers are brought together by Nick Fury who leads a United States government agency called S.H.I.E.L.D. An otherworldly creature named Loki has assembled an army and is making them attack earth and Dr. Fury wants the Avengers to help him save the planet.
The Avengers spend most of their time in the movie focused on getting the Tesseract back from the hands of the evil Loki. The Tesseract is an energy source of immense power and it can be used as a form of electricity or to destroy things. The Avengers want to use it for good purposes while Loki and his army want control of it so they can control the world.
The movie contains a lot of action and fighting scenes. It is a big budget action film so there are a lot of heavily detailed, CGI sets in the film and we see the Avengers fly through the air, all around New York City, and also plan on an immense airship. There is also a lot of comedy in the film and human, or superhuman, drama. The Avengers are not all friends in the beginning but must learn to work together under Dr. Fury's requests. There is a lot of disagreements among the Avengers. They are truly divided over the best way to get the Tesseract back from Loki's clutches and some of them are suspicions about Dr. Fury's intents regarding having them all together. Some of them feel as if he has been using them while others think his motives are pure.
The movie features a lot of today's most popular stars including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Chris Evans. Many of these actors played the same characters in different movies and The Avengers goal is to bring them all together under one screen. There is plenty of action and explosions as well as comedic relief.
Marvel's media web is about to get significantly more complicated. Last week, Netflix announced that it is developing four original series based on Marvel comics characters, the last of which will be an "Avengers"-style superhero team-up. The first three Netflix originals, which are scheduled to begin streaming in 2015, will feature the characters Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones. The team-oriented series will be based on the Defenders, a group that appeared in Marvel comics in the 1970s and 80s; Luke Cage was a regular member of the group, as were Thor and the Hulk—two current members of the Avengers who are unlikely to appear in the Netflix series.
It’s official—the show based on the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been picked up, and ordered to series by ABC. Joss Whedon wrote the series with brother Jed and Maurissa Tancharoen, basing the show on a collection of Marvel comic books. There’s little surprise that the show got picked up—last fall, ABC fast-tracked it, looking to cash in on Whedon’s name and the popularity of the “Avengers” film (now the third-highest grossing film ever) as soon as possible.
The biggest—or at least the most controversial—recent news in superhero casting concerns the Batfleck uproar, but roles in other upcoming comic-book movies are being filled, too. Confirmed decisions and convincing rumors are filling in the empty slots on the cast lists of some big films, but none of the revelations have caused the kind of backlash that poor Ben Affleck has had to endure. Affleck will, of course, play the role of Batman alongside Henry Cavill's Superman in the upcoming sequel to "Man of Steel.