The Avengers brings together some of the most celebrated Marvel Comics creations – chief amongst them Iron Man (Downey Jr), Hulk (Ruffalo), Thor (Hemsworth) and Captain America (Evans). Their unique abilities are required to defend the world against an intergalactic evil, led by Thor’s dangerously twisted brother Loki (Hiddleston).
Despite a dalliance with Spiderman cartoons as a boy, I’ve always preferred Batman and the DC Comics family of characters. Although since Marvel took control of their own properties and spawned Marvel Studios, I’ve been forced to rethink that stance. From Bryan Singer’s X-men to Jon Favreau’s Iron Man films, they’ve shown an uncanny knack for getting the right people for the right gigs. I doubt anyone thought Josh Whedon was going to be an exception to the rule, but few could have imagined he would be this snug a fit.