Two Hulk movies, two Iron Man movies, Thor, Captain America, and a bunch of Samuel L. Jackson cameos have all been leading up to this: a team of superheroes coming together to defend Earth from an invading alien army.
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth are back in their roles as Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. But this is Mark Ruffalo’s first time as the Hulk’s alter ego, Dr. Bruce Banner.
Jackson is back as Nick Fury, the eyepatch-wearing leader of an organization called Shield. He puts the team together, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.
Thor’s adopted brother Loki is the bad guy. And he’s recruited an army from another world to help him take over our planet.
AMC is doing an Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon today, starting at 11:30 a.m. They’ll be showing Iron Man, The Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America, before the midnights premiere of The Avengers.
The movie has already earned $260 million overseas. It opened last week in most foreign countries; its best haul was $25 million in the U.K.
Here are five reasons why The Avengers may be the best Marvel movie yet, according to the website CinemaBlend.com:
1.) It’s funnier than all the others.
2.) The final action sequence is better than all the others combined.
3.) It builds off the character development of the others and expands on it.
4.) Side characters each get their moments and help flesh out the movie.
5.) It raises the stakes without overdoing it.