The Avengers

The Avengers (2012)
 - Parental Guidance for Children Under 13 Years (For Violence and Mild Narcotic Statement)
Running Time: 143 minutes (2 hours and 22 minutes)
Genre/s: Action
                 Science Fiction
Released on May 4, 2012 (US Release Date, Available for Worldwide Viewing)

Presented by Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures

 Director: Joss Whedon

 Writers: Zak Penn and Joss Whedon

 Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders and Clark Gregg

The Avengers assemble in this highly-anticipated movie of the summer of 2012. Welcome once again to Dateline Movies, and today we'll tackle the action-packed movie of the century, which is Marvel's the Avengers, bringing with them the charming cast from previous Marvel movies and the suspense only Joss Whedon can give you. With Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron already filming and will be coming out soon, we should probably tackle this first.

What the movie's about

After the epic battle in the previous Marvel movie, Thor, Dr. Selvig, played by Skarsgard (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) has been enlisted by SHIELD director Nick Fury, played by Jackson (Django Unchained) in order to research more on the Tesseract, which was recovered by Dr. Selvig.

However, the God of Mischief, Loki, played by Hiddleston (Midnight in Paris) arrives to steal back the Tesseract and unleash an intergalactic threat known as the Chitauri. Loki successfully obtains the Tesseract and was even able to mind-control Dr. Selvig and Hawkeye, played by Renner (The Hurt Locker), including other agents to go along with it. With no other option, Nick Fury assembles the Avengers.

Iron Man, played by Downey Jr. (Zodiac), who was building his latest creation, a mega power plant called Stark Tower, has been assigned to lead the team, after meeting with a familiar face, Agent Coulson, played by Gregg (500 Days of Summer). The Incredible Hulk, played by Ruffalo (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), who is currently residing in India in an attempt to escape his chaotic past, has been discovered by SHIELD and joins in the team. Captain America, played by Evans (TMNT), who is unfamiliar with the surroundings around him after his disappearance, has been asked by Nick Fury to join. And lastly, Black Widow, played by Johansson (Lost in Translation), later joins after receiving a call from Coulson. The God of Thunder, Thor, played by Hemsworth (Star Trek), who was given a task on finding Loki, also becomes a part of the group.

Together, the fate of the world is on their hands as they go head-to-head against Loki and his Chitauri. Even if they have Nick Fury and his army of SHIELD agents, including Coulson and Maria Hill, played by Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), can they save New York City, and the world, before it becomes a waste land?

What I think of the movie?

It's everything you could ask for in an Avengers movie. It has irresistible action and extremely fine performances from Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hiddleston and everyone in the Avengers. Although the story is plainly straight forward, it also packs enough punch to make the movie astounding. This "punch" includes comedic humor and its unforgettable dialogue. In short, The Avengers is a  top-notch film, which perfectly blends action, comedy, drama and suspense, thus creating one of the best, and by far, the most iconic, Marvel movie of all time.

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Spotted!: Hidden Surprises and Trivia (Spoiler Alert!)

1. The Phone Calls From Phil Coulson - On the scene when Tony Stark returned to Stark Tower, Agent Coulson makes a phone call to Tony. Tony, who wanted to avoid the call from Coulson, told him that the person Coulson is talking to is a Life Model Decoy, which is LMD for short. LMDs are one of the most significant objects in the Marvel Universe because of their features, which includes being an exact replica of various Marvel heroes. They are also considered sneaky because it is one of the things most writers use to bring back their fallen characters, aside from magic and cloning.

For more information about LMDs, click here.

2. A Is For Avengers! - After the Avengers went their separate ways, we can see Tony planning something big. Tony is setting up digital blueprints containing the trademarks of the Avengers members. Not only that, there are also other features written in the plans. This is a nod to the sequel as Tony is beginning to build the Avengers Tower, which is their base in the comics. Some of the features seen in the blueprints include:

A. Thor's Chambers (Mjolnir Symbol)

B. Hawkeye's Quarters (Bow Symbol)

C. Captain America's Place (Shield Symbol)

D. Iron Man's Room (Armor Headpiece Symbol)

E. Black Widow's Turf (Spider Symbol)

F. The Hulk's Territory (DNA Symbol)

G. Training Area (Yellow Highlighted Plans)

H. Firing Range (Behind Thor and Hawkeye's Rooms Blueprints)

I. Possibly a Quinjet Launch Pad (Upper Left Blueprint)

There is one scene also that confirms that Tony has commenced the construction of Avengers Tower. Although it is not a Hidden Surprise, it's a very important part which marks the joining of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Just as the camera zooms out of the tower, only one letter is left out from the original name, which is Stark. The letter is A, for Avengers.

3. Powers Are Everything - In the introduction of the movie, which features SHIELD agents completing a mysterious project that involves the Tesseract, there is a sign which shows what the entire facility really is. Just in the middle of the sign, there are the words, Project Pegasus. Project Pegasus is actually an acronym, which stands for Project: Potential Energy Group Alternate Sources United States, a government agency which was formed in order to research various power sources to be used as alternative energy. They are also notable for storing super-powered criminals in the facility. They were showed researching, alongside Dr. Selvig, the Tesseract at the beginning. The background behind this project will later be labeled as "Phase-2", which involved the Tesseract as an energy source and the restoration of a lot of HYDRA arsenal, according to Nick Fury and Captain America's discovery in the climax.

For more information about the facility, click here and for the people within the laboratory, click here.


4. Hail HYDRA! - I believe I did say HYDRA, right? If we're talking about HYDRA, you know something bad is brewing behind Nick Fury's eye-patch. HYDRA, by the way, are the forces of evil during World War II that's been doing the Red Skull's dirty work. On the scene where the Avengers are tracking down the gamma signature coming from the Tesseract, Captain America was snooping around and finds a huge container full of HYDRA firepower. He later exposes the truth to his fellow teammates and Fury himself. This may just be a simple reference to HYDRA, but in the film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the first season of Agents of SHIELD, it was revealed that there are several SHIELD agents who are actually HYDRA soldiers, working undercover. SHIELD may simply be just doing some restoration, but what if they're restoring these weapons for HYDRA and not for SHIELD? What if SHIELD's council, is actually HYDRA council? What could be behind those computer screens of Fury's that's so big that no one wants to know? We'll just have to find out soon.

For more information about HYDRA, click here.

5. Eyes in the Sky - Apparently, they're Odin's trusty spies, who are mainly viewing Iron Man, Captain America and Thor's confrontation during this very scene. If you don't know them, they're from Thor. They aren't very easy to spot since they're ravens and are pretty much hidden in the dark trees of the forest in this movie and they're hidden on top of Odin's throne in Thor, still as ravens. They're Muninn and Huginn, loyal servants of Asgard.
For more information about Muninn, click here and for Huginn, click here.

6. Checkmate! - Near the end of the movie, wherein the Avengers were about to disband and Loki is going to Asgard with Thor, there are several news reports interviewing various people in New York. one of which contains Stan Lee playing Chess with another person, saying the line "Superheroes in New York? Give me a break". He is the man famous for co-creating several character in the Marvel Universe, including Spider-Man, X-Men, the Avengers and many more.

7. Shawarma for Lunch - On the sequence wherein the Avengers are fighting the Chitauri forces and Loki himself, there was one scene, in particular, which showed Iron Man ricocheting in front of a few stores while fighting of the Chitauri. If you can, however, try to look at the name of the store on the left, instead of Iron Man and the aliens, you can actually read it says, "Shawarma". This must be where Tony got the idea of eating Shawarma in the first place, because after the epic battle, Tony invited them for Shawarma and as soon as the credits stopped rolling, the Avengers later on ate at the restaurant.
8. Control - For our last Hidden Surprise, we have the surprise with the most screen time, Loki's Scepter. What's so special about it? Well, we saw Thanos in the end credits right? Then, what does Thanos want? For comic book die hards, they know very well that Thanos is after the Infinity Gauntlet, and it's Infinity Gems. Loki's gem seems to look a lot like the Mind Gem, one of the Infinity Gems, which gives the power to control, well, minds of people. Thanos may be very close in finding the rest since he obtained one gem already.

For more information about Thanos, click here

For more information about the gems, click here and for the gauntlet, click here.


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