I can't wait to see this movie. The first Avengers film as amazing. There is a ton to juggle in Avengers, which incorporates four characters who have previously been the leads in their own films, two other notable superheroes, a major supervillain and a supporting cast of spies. It could all be a complete mess, and honestly, the film could be qualified a "win" simply for not falling apart. More so though, The Avengers is a damn fun, entertaining and satisfying superhero spectacle. We've waited a long time to see Iron Man and Captain America fight alongside each other or to witness The Hulk and Thor in battle together (no, I'm not counting The Incredible Hulk) and The Avengers continually delivers the goods, with well-orchestrated, appropriately bigger than life moments. But the best part of hiring Whedon to tackle this movie is the character interaction. Anyone who's seen Buffy, Angel or Firefly knows Whedon is amazingly skilled at showing the dynamics of a team and the combustible elements that go with putting a group of people together with very different skills and viewpoints. From Steve Rogers' no-nonsense approach, to Tony Stark's humorous narcissism, to Thor's straight-laced, otherworldly focus, each character feels dead on, and it's almost as fun to see them in the midst of an argument aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier as it is to watch them actually take to the streets and fight either mutual enemies or one another - Yes, as is comic book tradition when superheroes first meet, there is more than one hero vs. hero battle along the way, most of them ridiculously fun. The flaws in the film are ones that simply come with the territory in tackling an Avengers film at all at least one that isn't four hours long. With so many characters, it's somewhat inevitable that someone get shortchanged and Hawkeye is notably underused here, making his true film debut (after a cameo in Thor). Also, the film's storyline is pretty basic. Loki is here to conquer the Earth, the Avengers have to stop him.... And that's about it. But I feel like this bare bones approach is the right step for this first Avengers film. There is so much time needed just to show the team forming and how these iconic characters get along together (or don't) that a more complex plan by the villain isn't needed and would only bog things down. Regardless, Hiddleston continues to be compelling as Loki, having already done a great job establishing him in Thor. Of course, The Avengers also is a strange animal in that it's both the first film in a series and simultaneously a sequel to several other films. Going in having seen those other films certainly adds to the experience, especially where Thor is concerned. While we are told about Thor and Loki's turbulent relationship as brothers, having seen the Thor movie gives the situation (and Thor's feelings about having to face his brother) a lot more depth than The Avengers has time to handle on its own. Overall though, I spent most of my time watching The Avengers with a huge grin on my face, and I expect that experience will be shared by many others. From seeing fellow scientists Tony Stark and Bruce Banner working together, to Loki and Tony trying to psyche out each other ("I have an army." "We have a Hulk!"), this movie offers one crowd-pleasing sequence after another. With a couple of exceptions, these actors already have experience playing these roles and not only completely inhabit the larger-than-life characters they're playing, but shine all the more when bouncing off one another. While this is a male-dominated cast, Whedon's strength with female characters serves him well when it comes to Black Widow, who makes a much stronger and better impression here than how the character was handled in Iron Man 2 coming off as both incredibly physically and mentally adept. She may not pack the power level of most of her teammates, but you definitely buy that she's plenty dangerous nonetheless. Iron Man and Captain America probably get the most screen time (or at least the most focus). And while Whedon and the funny and clever Tony Stark seem made for each other, I was very impressed how he handled Captain America, who is a far more straightforward and unwaveringly noble fellow than Whedon who prefers his characters to be a bit more ambiguous and flawed -- is known for, but one he handles very well, as Cap takes on the leadership role he was destined for. But in many ways, it's Hulk who steals this movie. After two different films of varying quality (but similarly middle of the road box office, for movies of their size), Hulk's been a tough nut to crack on the big screen. But Whedon and Ruffalo team to make a -- forgive the term -- incredibly appealing Bruce Banner, in the process making this the best movie version of Hulk we've seen. Bruce is both world-weary and semi-accepting about his curse as the Hulk as this film opens, having become more resigned to his fate, while still doing his best to stop any of those pesky transformations. Ruffalo is extremely likeable and plays very well off the rest of the cast, adding a nice touch of humor to the character. Oh, and Hulk? He smashes stuff good and yes, it's awesome. On the action side, the film has several well done sequences early on that set the stage for what's to come, and then goes all out in the final act. Once all six members of The Avengers are really in the thick of it, fighting alongside each other, you'll be hard pressed to not be excited by what unfolds, seeing these heroes teaming up. The Avengers is an utterly unique film both the payoff to something being set up by five other movies, yet also the launching point for its own series. Yes, with so much to deal with and so many characters, it can get a bit messy. But Whedon does an excellent job of giving nearly everyone their due and mixing and matching these amazing characters in several different ways, bouncing them off each other both physically and mentally and charting just what these heroes have to go through to find their footing as a team. For those who worry that the Avengers might sound, well, too "Joss Whedony" or out of character, don't worry: While I'm a huge fan of Whedon's TV work, this feels more like an Avengers movie with Joss Whedon's touch than a Joss Whedon movie with the Avengers in it, and that's the appropriate tactic. All in all I love first Avengers film and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general. As far the trailer of the sequel - Avengers: Age of Ultron it looks like Whedon decided to go with a much darker and gritter tone than the original film. Which I have no problem with as long as the film has levity. I can't wait to see this film and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward.