Quite possibly this year's mightiest movie.
Ever since Samuel L. Jackson made a cameo as Colonel Nick Fury in the post credits scene of 2008's ‘Iron Man’ to tell Tony Stark of his “Avenger Initiative”, anticipation for ‘The Avengers’ has been building up slowly but surely. Now, the time has finally come for the members of Earth's Mightiest Heroes to assemble and avenge the Earth.
Only one problem... Avengers who? You ask. Here for your assistance and edification is a quick who’s who of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Chris Evans leads 'The Avengers' in his brightly hued spandex.
On a team with a god, a green rage monster and a man in a high tech suit of armour, there's has to be leader. And no doubt, the dubious honour goes to the guy with ‘Captain’ in his name.
If ‘The First Avenger’ was about building the legend of Captain America, then ‘The Avengers’ will really get down to the core of the Steve Rogers character, a man lost in time. As an outsider to the modern world, Rogers will be lonely and distraught at the fact that no one else from his time is still alive. Worst of all, he'll have to be called back into action and will have to manage a team of super powered egos to stop a huge threat.Also on inSing: History of the Shield - Captain America 101
Famous Comic Moment: Cap is famously shown punching good ol' Hitler in the jaw on issue #1 of Captain America Comics. The famous image is referenced in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ as a comic being handed to kids.
Chris Hemsworth shows off those ripping Norse god chops.
When the entire world is in jeopardy, having a Norse thunder god by your side is probably a good thing. Considering how easily he wrecked ‘The Destroyer’ in the ‘Thor’ movie, we'd have to agree and nod our heads obediently that yes, it is a very good thing indeed.
Thor's struggle in “The Avengers” mainly stems from the fact that it's his half-brother Loki, who's causing the chaos. He feels a particular responsibility towards apprehending him, yet unlike the rest of the group, he believes Loki isn't all that bad. Other questions for him include how he got back to Earth aka Midgard with the Bifrost Bridge broken as well as his relationship with Jane Foster. (Natalie Portman in ‘Thor’)
Famous Comic Moment: In one of his many returns from the dead (he is a god, after all), Thor moves Asgard to a small town in Oklahoma named Broxton. The villagers are then treated to immortal beings like Thor himself and the Warriors Three roaming around them. Not to mention the ridiculous amount of supernatural acts that would affect their lives for years to come.
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Robert Downey Jr. brings his trademark snark in 'The Avengers'.
When we last saw the self-proclaimed genius/philanthropist/playboy, he was busy butting heads with Nick Fury, with Fury declaring Stark unfit for the Avenger Initiative. What exactly happened for S.H.I.E.L.D (short for Strategic Homeland, Enforcement and Logistics Division) to allow him back in?
With his tendency to provoke, will Tony cause everyone to lose their minds? In the many trailers we've seen, he berates everyone in the team, proclaims his appreciation of Bruce Banner's way of turning into an enormous rage monster and also notes his liking of Thor's “mean swing”. We're all eager to see what kind of fireworks Tony will spark off when he steps into the room with the rest of them.
Famous Comic Moment: The comic book version of Tony Stark is quite famous for his struggles with alcoholism, a topic so taboo that none of the ‘Iron Man’ movies have touched upon yet. Even more infamously, in the “Civil War” story arc, he convinced Peter Parker aka Spider-man, to reveal his true identity in public. This escalated the conflict between the pro-registration side that Stark was leading and the anti-registration side led by Cap to major levels. It also led to a witch hunt of Parker by his old enemies, leading to a change of heart by Spidey, who jumped ship to the anti-regs. Eventually, it would lead to the tragic death of Cap and a hollow victory for Stark and his side.
The Wildcard: Dr. Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk
First Eric Bana, then Edward Norton and now Mark Ruffalo. Maybe this third time's a charm for the Hulk?
On every super team of galacticos, there's bound to the guy who serves as the firecracker -- the guy you have no idea when or why he might go off the rails. With his gamma irradiated body and ability to suddenly transform into a green rage monster whose strength is only limited by how angry he gets, he's the perfect one for that role.
The eternal question with The Hulk is; who's in control? Judging from the trailers, The Hulk's smirk when Cap commands him to smash suggests that Bruce Banner has finally won the battle of his alter-egos; or has he?
Famous Comic Moment: In ‘Secret Wars #4’, when Molecule Man tries to drop an entire mountain on our group of beloved heroes, The Hulk proves his strength by lifting up the entire mountain on his own -- all hundred and fifty BILLION tons of it.
The Spy: Natasha Romanoff/The Black Widow
Scarlett Johansson is the only chick in this superhero. But she's just as lethal.
In a war, information is just as important as firepower. In a team as stacked with pure power as this one, The Black Widow's role stands out even more -- espionage has never looked sexier.
Following Agent Romanoff’s role in recruiting and assessing Tony Stark's suitability for the team in ‘Iron Man 2’, we wonder if there'll be any fall out between the two in the movie. Besides, with what looks to be alien warriors as well as Loki's Asgardian powers in play, one has to wonder if Black Widow can do much in this giant scale conflict. Though, we have to say that talking on the phone while tied to a chair and then proceeding to kick the ass of your captor is a very badass thing to do.
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Famous Comic Moment: Though he doesn't exist in the universe that the movie is set in, in the comics, Daredevil, the “Man Without Fear” has hooked up with Black Widow a bunch of times. Pity, we'll never see it on screen.
The Sharpshooter: Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Jeremy Renner hit the mark as the stealthy Hawkeye.
Just as The Black Widow serves her role behind enemy lines, collecting information and what not... Hawkeye is best suited away from battle, taking out targets from far. We haven't seen much of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye besides his short cameo in ‘Thor’, so we're all curious as to how he is in the film.
Besides ditching the groovy purple mask and outfit, Hawkeye is also a much different person in the movie. Instead, he is a S.H.I.E.L.D agent who works closely in tandem with the Black Widow.
Famous Comic Moments: Most of us will remember him as the authority challenging archer from comics and cartoons, but Hawkeye actually started out as a bad guy. He was turned by The Black Widow when she was still operating as a Soviet secret agent, and continually butted heads with the Avengers before finally making good and becoming a hero.
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The Chief: Nick Fury
Samuel L. Jackson trades in his Jedi Master robes for an equally cool trench coat and eye patch.
Before Samuel L. Jackson made his appearance in the post-credits scene of ‘Iron Man’ to tell Tony Stark that he wasn't alone in this world of super beings, Nick Fury had the honour of being played by none other than Germany's favourite son, David Hasselhoff in a TV movie.
Having gone to such lengths to assemble such a team as impressive looking as it is on paper, it will be interesting to see how Fury manages to keep the various egos in check and have them function as one. Fury has his work cut out for him, so it's probably best that he has two capable assistants in Agent Coulson and Maria Hill to assist him on this one.
Famous Comic Moment: Unlike his movie counterpart, Nick Fury is a white guy with distinctive grey side burns. He also happens to possess the Infinity Formula, which slows down aging and explains why Fury has seemingly been in every major Marvel plot line ever. When it came to designing his look in the alternate universe; the ‘Ultimate Marvel’ universe of books, Marvel chose to design him after Samuel L. Jackson, making his casting in the movies a no-brainer.
The Villain: Loki
Tom Hiddleston puts the 'b' in bad as the evil Loki.
At the end of the events of ‘Thor’, Thor's half-brother was last seen falling off the Bifrost Bridge willingly with a sickening grin. Who knows where in the name of Odin he's been, but he's back and he’s going to enslave humanity.
Well, since Loki's already played the role of the Big Baddie in “Thor”, we knew he had to step up his game. This time, he's brought along his own alien army as well as a giant Transformer looking dragon. Who knows what else is in store from the God of Mischief and Deception himself?
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Famous Comic Moment: In yet another one of his many his schemes to dethrone his brother, Loki turns Thor into a frog! Sounds like someone was way too high when writing this? Sure. Here comes the best part; it turns out that froggy Thor was still worthy of Mjolnir. Thus, Frog-Thor was born and a short slew of adventures with Thor and his animal friends were made. In addition, the birth of The Avengers in the comics was also triggered by Loki. So ‘The Avengers’ comes full circle for the cunning Son of Laufey.