But Avengers did a lot to launch the MCU into the cinematic dominance it still enjoys today. In a way it has almost become its own franchise's touchstone.
Synopsis: Prompted when the Asgardian demigod Loki brainwashes S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Clint Barton and steals the Tessaract, Nick Fury(director of S.H.I.E.L.D.) gathers a group of superhumans to deliver the world from Loki's influence.
(Warning: Spoilers for Avengers and Age of Ultron follow)
The best word to describe the Avengers is "fun". And I don't mean mindless, unsubstantial diversion, but more the sort of fun that you feel justified having. It's a good movie-- the producers and actors obviously had a grip on what they were doing. Yet more than anything, it's really just fun.
Per usual Marvel style, the villain and his army are probably the weak link. YouTube's The Closer Look points this out in his video essay, Why Thor Is The Best Marvel Movie(disclaimer: I don't agree with everything he says and there is a quick instance of language). He points out that Loki's motives are inconsistent with those in Thor. Not to mention, they're just bland. However, Tom Hiddleston's acting compensates for this in a number of delightful scenes(particularly when Natasha "interrogates" him).
The characters experience pretty minimal growth throughout the film's 2 hr+ run-time, but the dialogue, acting and background provided for each Avenger suffices for considerably thorough character development.
It's frustrating Marvel teased a potential Clint/Natasha pairing without any since payoff. It may have made Hawkeye's backstory reveal in Age of Ultron more surprising, but Marvel could have developed Natasha and Bruce's chemistry earlier on, leading to a richer relationship.
Minus that, the dynamics and interactions between characters owns the movie. The obvious tension between Tony and Steve and Tony and Thor humorously deepens each person's development. As does Bruce acting cool and patronizing despite Tony's shenanigans. Everything is more interesting with Iron Man.
The CGI is beautiful and made the non-character focused scenes intensely enjoyable as well. And despite all the fun this movie is, it does allow the audience to understand the stakes through Agent Coulson's death.
To conclude, Avengers rises above its limited flaws to offer a solid big-scale superhero flick. I'm giving it a 4 out of 5 star rating.
Do you enjoy Avengers? How do you think it compares to Age of Ultron?