The biggest film of 2012 has to be The Avengers, which set box office records and was one of the most highly anticipated films of 2012. All of the different factors that go into making a successful film like casting, directing, writing and so on came together perfectly to create a brilliant film adaptation of the classic Marvel comics superheroes. Both graphic novel fans and action fans had been waiting for The Avengers since it was announced in 2008 that the film was finally going forward.
Films based on graphic novels and featuring popular comic book heroes have steadily been gaining in popularity so Marvel Studios took out a loan to finance The Avengers movie gambling on the popularity of the genre. That gamble paid off and The Avengers quickly tied the record for the fastest film to reach one billion dollars earned at the box office. Stellar casting including the return of Robert Downey as Iron Man, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Hemsworth and the talents of writer and director Joss Whedon combined to make The Avengers unstoppable.
In The Avengers movie the Marvel superheroes band together to fight Loki, an alien who wants to capture the Earth. The S.H.I.E.L.D Agency is responsible for stopping him and the alien army he masses to try and carry out his plans. The Avengers story is one of the most beloved graphic novels and incorporates some of the most popular Marvel superheroes of all time, superheroes that have been loved for generations and are highly recognizable like:
Tony Stark/Iron Man – Expertly brought to life in the Iron Man films by Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man is one of the most popular Marvel heroes of all time.
Steve Rogers/Captain America – Captain America is one of the more tragic heroes in the Marvel pantheon and is played in this film with a dark edge, as a man and hero from the post war II era world that is struggling to find his place in the modern world.
Dr. Bruce Banner/The Hulk – In a surprise casting Mark Ruffalo stepped into The Avengers to fill the role of the Hulk. Audiences at first weren’t sure he was up to the task but ultimately supported his casting after seeing how well he fit into the role of both the human Dr. Bruce Banner and the huge green Hulk.
Thor – Chris Hemsworth, the brother of Hunger Games star Liam Hensworth, took up the sword of Norse diety sword and is contracted to play Thor in future Avengers movies. As a relative newcomer to the Marvel Universe he had to put in a lot of work to impress loyal Marvel fans but overall reaction to his portrayal of Thor was good.
Nick Fury- The head of the S.H.I.E.L.D Agency which is integral to the story could only have been played by Samuel L. Jackson, who brought his large fanbase to the film as well the rough edginess that the character needed.