'The Avengers'

A dream team of Marvel Comics superheroes comes together in this big, loud and immensely fun action epic from screenwriter-director Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), with a number of the stars reprising their roles from earlier films: Robert Downey Jr. ("Iron Man"), Chris Hemsworth ("Thor") and Chris Evans ("Captain America: The First Avenger").


Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson get chunkier turns for the incarnations of Black Widow and Nick Fury, and Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner climb aboard as the Hulk and Hawkeye, as Thor's sinister brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) makes things tough for them ... and the world at large. Gwyneth Paltrow and Clark Gregg also return from previous Marvel adventures. DVD extras: "making-of"documentaries; cast and crew interviews; deleted scenes; outtakes; music video. *** (PG-13: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray and Movies on Demand)

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