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SPOILER FREE! Let's face it: Most superhero/action movies we get nowadays suck. Jonah Hex, Transformers, etc. Even the old ones, like Superman and Batman weren't so good.
And then, a few years ago, Marvel began making movies again. And the movies were great. They were funny, they were full of action, and they didn't have the adult factor in them...you know...not that much, at least.
And wouldn't you know? Stemming from all these movies came The Avengers!
Not the one with that girl from James Bond. I still don't get that one...
The Avengers was written and directed Joss Whedon, who you might remember as the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, and my personal favorite, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
The movie is great. It hooks you into the plot really quickly, with big explosions, and you know, you can't have a superhero movie without big explosions.
Its true. The only reason my dad didn't fall asleep when he saw Transformers was because of the big explosions. And I tell you, he's fallen asleep when we watch the weirdest movies...
So, you might remember Edward Norton played the Hulk/Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk. Well, apparently, he got fired, so Mark Ruffalo took on the role for this movie. Now, before I go on, I need to be clear: I have never seen Iron Man, Iron Man 2, or The Incredible Hulk but I was able to understand stuff in the movie without seeing them: When you first see Tony Stark, he's in the Iron Man outfit, and you can tell by conversations with Bruce Banner that he is the Hulk.
I have seen Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger (oh, Chris Evans...you've come a long way from The Fantastic Four, and I literally mean a long way - you know, being frozen in ice for 65 years), however, and I was equally impressed by those movies.
The movie has a great mix of comedy, action, big explosions (vital), and seriousness. If you're not a person who likes lovey-dovey relationships, don't worry: they don't make up a big part of the movie. Save for stuff like Gwyneth Paltrow wearing really short pants and an apparent crush between Black Widow and Hawkeye. The movie keeps you watching and laughing with its jokes. What are the jokes? I'm not giving them away, so you're gonna need to go to the nearest theater to watch it.
All in all, see this movie. Or you might get smashed by the Hulk.