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The Avengers (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  4 May 2012 (USA)
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Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity.



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Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster. Written by WellardRockard

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Avengers Assemble!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 May 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Group Hug  »

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Box Office


$220,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$207,438,708 (USA) (4 May 2012)


$623,279,547 (USA) (28 September 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Pentagon said they "couldn't reconcile the unreality of [S.H.I.E.L.D.] and our place in it" (to elaborate, it's left ambiguous as to whether S.H.I.E.L.D. is a national or international agency, and the Pentagon didn't like the implication that the US military would answer to anyone other than the US government) and thus declined involvement in this movie. However, the US Army did give their involvement. See more »


When Agent Coulson goes to Stark Tower to recruit Tony, he hands over a computer/laptop that includes footage of Thor. Later when Thor grabs Loki from the quinjet, Tony has no idea who Thor is. See more »


[first lines]
The Other: The Tesseract has awakened. It is on a little world. A human world. They would wield its power, but our ally knows its workings as they never will. He is ready to lead. And our force, our Chitauri, will follow. The world will be his. The universe yours. And the humans, what can they do but burn?
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Crazy Credits

Part of the closing credits are seen amongst the equipment used by the main cast: Iron Man's armor, Captain America's shield, Thor's armour, Hawkeye's quiver, Black Widow's stingers, Dr Banner's glasses and Fury's gun. See more »


Referenced in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: FZZT (2013) See more »


String Quartet No. 13 in a Minor 'Rosamunde' D804
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by The Takács Quartet
Courtesy of Hyperion Records Ltd.
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User Reviews

A Flat out Exceptional Movie Event. (Best Villain in Years!)
21 April 2012 | by (Mellowtown) – See all my reviews

I'm happy to report that everything established in previous movies pays dividends in a big way. It's not that anyone needs to see those other Avenger solo films before seeing this gem but it certainly adds depth and texture to this amazing product. Not having to intro big main characters deeply allows the action to flow but also allows for better development. This also allows them to probe deeper into the character's personalities. This heightens the tension, so often missing from comic-book movies, and adds real weight to the story as well as the action sequences which are thrilling and often mesmerizing. The result is a film that's just flat out exceptional.

Of course all the phenomenal heroes got to shine and the story accommodated them all perfectly. What I loved is that Marvel did it again with their main villain. Loki was just so wonderful and complex in this amazing movie. Spurned Loki masterfully dances on the fault lines of villainy and redemption. He always keep people guessing and. Again, that's just shear perfection coming from the god of mischief. He has such a mixture of emotional psychological complexity. You have somebody who's capable of thinking and strategizing at the speed of light, but underneath that is a deep well of pain that at any moment threatens to boil over and Tom Hiddleston plays it like the master he has become. This is Oscar worthy villain performance good.

The performances in this movie are as good as any I've ever seen in an adventure film. The great actors say that acting akin to playing tennis. The rally that they play with a new partner is completely different from one to the other. Each of these GREAT actors have such specific talents that it's fun to see them play off each other at different times in this movie. I think Whedon realized this as both director and writer and shuffled things around on purpose to play to strengths. It's just another wonderful aspect of this spectacular movie event.

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