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Movie review: 'Marvel's The Avengers'

Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk team up to save the world
by Matthew Price Published: May 4, 2012

The stars of Marvel Studios' various movie franchises come together for “Marvel's The Avengers,” which kicks off the summer movie season.

A powerful energy source is stolen from the superspy organization SHIELD, led by director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). The Asgardian Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is behind the theft, in concert with a group of aliens with eyes on Earth.

The potential danger leads Fury to restart his Avengers Initiative; that plan called for extraordinary individuals to act as a last line of defense for the earth.

Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. The billionaire playboy has created his Stark Tower, an innovative building powered by his clean arc reactor technology. He's brought back into the Initiative by SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), a mainstay of previous Marvel movies, including “Thor” and both “Iron Man” films.

Eventually Fury rounds up his team, who he intends to have hunt down Loki and the power source, called the tesseract.

Captain America (Chris Evans) joins up, as does the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), who recruits Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo). The team wants him for his scientific mind, though Tony Stark isn't sure they couldn't also use his other half — a green monster of rage known as the Hulk, which Banner turns into when angered.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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‘Marvel's The Avengers'

PG-132:22 3½ stars

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson (Intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference)


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