Everything good about the last bunch of Marvel superhero movies comes together for one massive, excessively entertaining party. Director Joss Whedon hits all of the right notes as Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Hulk (newbie Mark Ruffalo) get equal time in this well-balanced, funny and completely satisfying cinematic experience. I wasn’t sure if they would pull this off, but they did, with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) bringing the fun as the villain. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) contribute mightily to the process, as does Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Good luck to the rest of the summer movies in trying to top this one’s fun factor.
Director: Joss Whedon
Producer: Kevin Feige, Alan Fine, Jon Favreau, Louis D'Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Clark Gregg, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cobie Smulders