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The Avengers fever grips Jozi

 

The premier of The Avengers: Age of the Ulton’s at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg, had all the glitz and glamour befitting an international blockbuster, with politicians, celebrities and other public figures coming out in droves to watch it.

The latest Avengers blockbuster stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, James Spader and Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury.

Many South Africans will see a familiar skyline in the movie. Johannesburg provides the backdrop as Iron Man and the Hulk “destroy the city” and each other in an adrenaline-pumping and testosterone-filled scenes.

Shot in the Johannesburg CBD in February last year, the scenes - complete with members of South African Police Service shooting at the Hulk - are so believable. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.

The movie wastes little time, kicking off mid-battle as Iron Man and company, as well as the CGI Hulk, storm the medieval castle of the last remaining Hydra agent. They come across a pair of new “enhanced” foes, the Russky-accented Maximoff twins – Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. This is merely a precursor as the real story kicks in.

With Loki’s staff at hand, Tony Stark decides to harness its energy to create an army of Iron Men to protect the planet from threats. But this backfires and he gives birth to the evil robot, Ultron, which is determined to not only destroy the Avengers, but all humans too. While the team moves across the world finding new excuses to face off with Ultron, Whedon does his best to occasionally slow down the action and give us the sort of character moments the film could have used more of.

Fans of Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner will like the flirtation with Johansson’s Black Widow. Another highlight is the cocktail-fuelled masculine bonding session when all the heroes have a go at lifting Thor’s hammer, unsuccessfully. Whether you are a casual viewer or diehard Marvelite, you will definitely get your money’s worth.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is funny, exciting, noisy, colourful and sometimes even a little bit thoughtful. With spectacular action bursting out of the cinema screen, this is definitely going to be one of the highest-grossing movies of 2015. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opened in South Africa on Friday April 24.