The Avengers

The Avengers ★★★★½

A great man once said, "I love it when a plan comes together." Watching Joss Whedon's masterful work stepping into Kevin Feige's vision for the MCU is pure bliss. This is true pop culture at its best--comparisons to RIO BRAVO are apt indeed. Whedon's knack for capturing oddball personalities and the ease that grows with camaraderie is unparalleled. I'm still astonished how all the character's egos were managed so proficiently, but then in some ways Loki is the Whedon surrogate, rallying the team around a common goal and unleashing the havoc they must vanquish.

All around greatness from the cast, and as to be expected, especially Downey. Ruffalo in his first run as The Hulk is fantastic, bringing soul and humor to the big green lug.

Such a treat for the true believers.