Marvel’s The Avengers parents guide

Marvel’s The Avengers Parent Guide

Set to be the first big blast for the summer 2012 movie season, "Marvel's The Avengers" promises and provides plenty of big screen action.

Overall B-

When a foe of immense power (Tom Hiddleston) threatens mankind, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) from the international peace keeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D. calls for help from Earth's biggest and best. Among his team of Avengers are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth).

Release date May 4, 2012

Violence D+
Sexual Content B
Profanity B
Substance Use C+

Why is Marvel’s The Avengers rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Marvel’s The Avengers PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference.

Run Time: 143 minutes

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Finally! After starring in their own movies, the long anticipated coalition of Marvel Comic heroes comes together to tackle one massive threat to humankind. The catalyst for welding their super strengths (and in some cases super egos) into one cohesive fighting group is Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the adopted brother of the hammer-wielding god Thor (Chris Hemsworth).

Still a little ticked off about the preferential treatment his blond sibling enjoyed in the royal courts on Asgard, Loki plans to bring an alien army to overrun Earth. His first acts of business: steal the Tesseract Cube and then take over the minds and wills of the sharpshooter Hawkeye (the alter ego of Clint Barton played by Jeremy Renner) and scientist Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgärd).

Fully aware that mere humans will be helpless in the face of the invasion, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of the international peace keeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., begins assembling the Avengers, starting with Tony Stark (Robert Downing Jr.) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). He sends agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) to lure the reclusive Dr. Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) out of Calcutta. Meanwhile they wait for Thor to return from the outer regions of the universe.

Putting this much muscle—to say nothing of attitude—into one confined space comes at a price, one that Loki plays to his advantage when bickering breaks out between the superheroes. For audiences, some of the movie’s most memorable lines come out as these characters exchange quips and barbs with one another. But it takes a graphic and startling death to solidify the mission of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow and The Hulk.

Unfortunately most of the fun happens in the first acts of this movie as Director Joss Whedon juggles screen time for each of the Avengers. While working with a cast of this magnitude isn’t always easy, the story manages to give even viewers without a comic book background enough information to understand the action. However by the third act, the typical destroy Manhattan clichés are as plentiful as the swarms of mutant soldiers. And watching scores of innocent New Yorkers stumble through debris-clogged streets as buildings shudder and crumble has a feel of reality that isn’t always as entertaining as it is probably intended to be. While most depictions of violence include massive explosions, fantastic weaponry and the expected mayhem associated with alien invasions, some are more human and graphic. A man is attacked with a device that initially appears to extract his eyeball and another is run through the chest with a spear. More bloody injuries occur as hand-to-hand combat is engaged in. And in one scene, a character being repeatedly hit onto the ground like a rag doll plays as comedy.

Set to be the first big blast for the summer 2012 movie season, Marvel’s The Avengers promises and provides plenty of big screen action. Yet parents of children and tweens may want to push pause before taking their kids to see the superabundant amounts of violence employed by these avenging superheroes.

Directed by Joss Whedon. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth. Running time: 143 minutes. Theatrical release May 4, 2012. Updated

Marvel’s The Avengers
Rating & Content Info

Why is Marvel’s The Avengers rated PG-13? Marvel’s The Avengers is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference.

Violence: The film contains frequent building and vehicle explosions, weapon use and the killing of alien invaders. Thugs threaten a woman while interrogating her. Characters are frequently beaten, slashed, stabbed, shot, electrocuted, impaled and vaporized. Some are put under the control of another person. Numerous dead bodies are seen. Massive property damage occurs. A man is hung several stories above ground by his ankles. Armed agents surround a man’s home. A man shoots others with arrows. A character attacks a man with a device that initially appears to be ripping out his eyeball (it only makes a digital copy of the retina). Bloody and sometimes fatal injuries are shown. Blood splattered playing cards are shown. Planes crash. A man is stabbed in the side with a sharp object. A nuclear missile is fired on a large city. A man is repeatedly bashed into the floor like a rag doll. The Hulk punches an ally for no apparent reason.

Sexual Content: The Hulk is naked after turning back into Bruce Banner - no explicit nudity is seen. Some female characters wear formfitting uniforms. Brief veiled sexual innuendo is included. A couple kisses.

Language: The script contains infrequent mild profanities and terms of Deity.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Social drinking is depicted along with an illegal drug reference.

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More parents' guide for Marvel’s The Avengers after the break...

Marvel’s The Avengers Parents' Guide

What strengths does each of the Avengers bring to this assembly? What role do egos play in this group? What attitudes do they have to overcome in order to work together? If you were a superhero would it be difficult to be a team player?

How do Captain America’s views and morals differ from some of the other characters? Why is that?

How does this script employ the literary theme of god vs. man? What advantages do the humans seem to have over the gods? Why is this theme recurrent in literature and other entertainment?

How does Bruce Banner deal with his anger? Is it important to find positive ways to overcome weaknesses?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Marvel’s The Avengers movie is September 25, 2012. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Marvel’s The Avengers

Release Date: 25 September 2012

Marvel’s The Avengers releases to home video in Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack or 3D (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital). Both versions include:

- Audio Commentary by Director Joss Whedon

- Disney’s Second Screen

- Assembling the Ultimate Team

- A Visual Journey

- Gag Reel

- Item 47 (Marvel One-Shot Short Film)

- 9 Deleted/Extended Scenes

- Soundgarden’s Live to Rise Music Video

Related home video titles:

Based on superheroes from Marvel Comics, this movie features characters that had their tales told in other films, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk (who has been played by Edward Norton in 2008, Eric Bana in 2003 and Lou Ferrigno in the TV series).

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