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*in my Major Glory voice* "Avengers, ASSEMBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!!!"
After being teased and hyped up over the course of five movies, The Avengers have finally arrived, just in time for the summer. The basic plot: S.H.I.E.L.D. commander Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) has summoned a bunch of superheroes (Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, etc.) to stop an Asgardian god named Loki and his army of super-powerful aliens from conquering the planet and enslaving humanity.
The first two thirds were weak: a lot of the humor fell flat, the dialogue felt a bit sloppy, and the action wasn't as thrilling as it could have been. Those are minor complaints, however, when considering the film's epic climax. The Avengers have to fight Loki and his alien army in the middle of New York City (as always), and the battle is so awesome that it could make even the manliest members of the audience cry. There's one scene where the camera zooms through the city to show each hero in their own battle in one continuous shot, and it is glorious. THIS is what the audience came to see, what I came to see, and it certainly does deliver.
I could talk more about the acting, writing, and other technical stuff (all no more than average), but it really doesn't matter. Audiences will come to this movie expecting to see their favorite superheroes fight in an epic battle for the fate of humanity, and they will not be disappointed.
RATING: 4 out of 5