There’s no denying that superhero movies are big business. Following a revived mid-noughties thirst for retro Spandex-clad heroes and mutant monsters, a Marvel-inspired adventure has become a perennial feature of the summer blockbuster schedule. And the UAE is far from immune to the genre’s charms – Christopher Nolan’s 2008 smash The Dark Knight
is among the emirates’ top-10 movies ever, taking Dhs9 million of its Dhs2 billion worldwide haul in the country.
Among the biggest superhero movies of recent times are Iron Man
and its sequel (which each grossed Dhs1.1 billion worldwide), Thor
(Dhs660 million), Captain America
(Dhs650 million) and The Incredible Hulk
(Dhs500 million). In a bid to challenge The Dark Knight
’s crown and multiply bankability, Marvel has thrust these four crusaders, caped or otherwise, together in a single movie. The new Avengers team also adds two more characters for good measure: Hawkeye and Black Widow, first introduced in Iron Man 2
. Written and directed by Buffy the Vampire Slayer
creator Joss Whedon, hopes for a credible storyline bringing these already-defined characters into one movie are high. So let’s meet the team.Click here to read Time Out’s review of The Avengers.