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Af­ter their re­cent solo out­ings, Mar­vel comic-book heroes Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Cap­tain Amer­ica fi­nally get to do cool things as a team. Pulled to­gether to fend off the threat posed by Thor’s evil adopted brother

Loki (Tom Hid­dle­ston), these supersized egos spend al­most as much time fight­ing each other as they do fight­ing their foe. Writ­ten and di­rected by Buffy and An­gel cre­ator Joss Whe­don (who is clearly a fan­boy), the Cgi­boosted ac­tion never gets too ridicu­lous, and there are plenty of witty zingers in the script.

Best of all is Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, who gets the film’s self-aware tone spot on, de­liv­er­ing Whe­don’s wise­cracks with sar­donic charm. Dir: Joss Whe­don 2012, 12, 135min

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