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The Avengers

31. The Avengers

This is another one of those movies that I will never not watch if it's on cable. It's one of the most purely entertaining films I've ever seen. While Iron Man started the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this was the film that came through on the promise of it, seeing the characters from all the preceding films (Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Thor) come together as a team in this huge ensemble superhero action film. Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Hulk all come together to face the biggest foe yet, a massive army of aliens from a whole in space led by Loki.

This film is the definition of a popcorn flick, and it revels in it, with high flying action, quippy dialogue, and rapid pacing. It balances giving every character their due (except maybe Hawkeye) without feeling unfocused. Loki is the most compelling villain the MCU has had thus far and he's at his best in this movie. The dialogue is well-written and well-delivered by the cast who all play their parts very well.

Joss Whedon did an outstanding job with this film (certainly better than Age of Ultron, which was a bit disappointing for me). He did a great job handling the character and making sure that they all still felt human in spite of their extraordinary abilities, and they all got a decent bit of development in the film (save for Hawkeye). The action is very well-executed and well shot and the effects are top notch as you would expect from a film of this type (and budget). It's a spectacle film, and does so spectacularly.