Director: Joss Whedon. Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany (voice), Lou Ferrigno (voice), Powers Boothe, Jenny Agutter, Harry Dean Stanton, Stan Lee. 142 min. Rated PG-13. Action/Sci-fi.
I wasn't expecting much; multiple protagonists in one movie mandates dividing screen time between them, leaving no room for character development. But boy ... was I impressed. Whedon solves the problem by a show of in-fighting among the four superheroes during the first half, then blowing you away by mind-boggling action-packed scenes during the second, sprinkled by comedic moments. Expected more focus on Hawkeye, the cool never-before-introduced Avenger, but then like always, the narcissistic Robert Downey Jr./Iron Man steals the show. Even Loki the villain God was cool, calm and intimidating. Then again, is there anything here that's not cool?
WARNING!: If you don't stay till the end of the end credits, you're nuts. No! I'm not talking about the 1 minute midway through the credits where they introduce "Thanos", the Asgard villain from outer space. I'm talking about the 30 seconds at the very end of the end credits, which is by far the best post-credits sequence of all Marvel movies.