‘The Avengers’ (Marvel #6)

Renamed Avengers Assemble, the new title essentially provides the plot line of director Joss Whedon’s 2012 Marvel Comic Universe feature.

Having set in motion Project Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L.Jackson – Pulp Fiction, The Banker) needs to convince the superheroes to come together and learn to fight as a team. If they fail, Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston – High-Rise, War Horse) will have enslaved humanity with a little help from the alien Chitauri Army. But with egos the size of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr – Dolittle, The Soloist), that’s not going to be easy.

Character development and all round introductions come first – lots of banter and strutting, looked on by a bemused Black Widow (Scarlett Johanssen – Marriage Story, Lost in Translation). But, sadly, whilst wry humour abounds, The Avengers degenerates into a boring, overlong destruction of New York battle scene as the Chitauri invaders find a hole in the ozone.

Nominated for best visual effects Oscar in 2013.

Rating: 56%

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