What can you even say about this film? It’s sooooo good!
The best thing about this film is they did it! They actually did it. After building a whole universe of other characters with five previous movies, they were able to bring everything together into a perfect blend of everything before it. It’s funny, entertaining, and enjoyable. Each character gets their moment to shine, and it tell’s a great story, pulling all the stories from the individual films together into a seamless narrative, almost as if it was planned that way.
My favorite part of this film is we finally get to see S.H.I.E.L.D in full force. Everything up to now has been small bits of S.H.I.E.L.D, mostly Agent Phil Coulson leading a small team to be an annoyance in one way or another for each of our heroes. But now, we get to see them in full gear, and we get a glimpse of how large S.H.I.E.L.D really is. And of course, we have to mention the Hellicarrier which is one of the most excellent parts of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The only thing in this film that is a bit disappointing to me is Hawkeye. A great character, but for most of this film he is simply a drone under Loki’s control. Now as far as narrative goes, I completely understand why they did what they did, but it would have been nice to see more of him on his first outing, minus his small cameo in Thor. Thankfully they’ve rectified this in future MCU movies, and we’ve been able to get plenty of Hawkeye action since.
The Avengers is such a masterpiece film, and Joss Whedon was the perfect person to bring it to life. He was able to perfectly balance the large cast of characters, making each one feel important and relevant. This film is crucial because it gave the MCU a sense of validity and gave it a base to be unleashed entirely, giving the filmmakers confidence to bring us crazier titles like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man and Agents of Shield. It is very safe to say, without the success of this film, the Marvel Cinematic Universe wouldn’t exist as we know it or even at all. Personally, I’m just really happy it worked out.