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Originally posted by myself 12-29-2012 on Examiner.com

Year in Review: Number Three ‘The Avengers’

‘The Avengers’ was directed by Joss Whedon. Screenwriter is Joss Whedon. Based on the comic book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgård, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders.

Appearances by Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexis Denisof, Powers Boothe, Harry Dean Stanton, Jenny Agutter, Jerzy Skolimowski and Stan Lee. The voice of Jarvis is performed by Paul Bettany.

Back to cause more mayhem, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) enters a deal with the Other (Alexis Denisof). The right hand man of the Master, leader of the Chitauri race. He’ll steal the Tesseract, a source of untold power, and give it to them. In exchange for their help in making him the Emperor of Earth.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) aka Hawkeye and Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) both of whom are enthralled by Loki aid him in his quest. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of the spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D., reactivates the Avengers Initiative program. Agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), aka Black Widow, recruits Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo).

Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) tries to talk sense into Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) aka Iron Man. While Fury handles Captain America (Chris Evans) himself. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns from Asgard to convince Loki to stop the insanity and come home.

The good: Stan Lee’s cameo. S.H.I.E.L.D. and the helicarrier. The Hulk putting the smackdown on Loki. Give Jeremy Renner more to do. Give Cobie Smulders a bigger role in the sequels. Or the role of Diane in the proposed CW series Amazon. She kicks butt.

The bad: Ignoring the events of the film Thor. A meek suicidal and bullied Dr. Bruce Banner. Tony Stark being overly flaky. Showing that S.H.I.E.L.D. tech playing a pc game. The NY police dept. being unable to coordinate events until Captain America showed up. Where was the National Guard?

Stark trying to unleash the Hulk. While they were airborne in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Helicarrier. How were The Avengers able to communicate in New York without earpieces? Was that scene deleted? Black Widow being so bad#$% she can sneak up on a god.

The ugly: The “death” of Agent Coulson.