Film Analysis: The Avengers


This is the 6th movie of my marvel marathon. Earth’s mightiest heroes are recruited and brought together to defend earth after the tesseract is stole by thors’ brother loki.

Film Analysis

Film Title
The Avengers
Year 2012
Joss Whedon
Genre Action/Adventure/Sci-fi
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why? I would have loki actually be able to put up at least a little more of a fight with the avengers at the end of the movie


1. Who is the protagonist? The Avengers
2. Who is the antagonist? Loki
3. What is the conflict? The Tessaract
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words) Work together to accomplish goals
5. How is the story told (linear, non-linear, with flashbacksflash-forwards, at regular intervals) Linear
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)? A group of heroes are assembled to fight the evil loki at attempts of domination
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
This is such a huge movie for comic fans. During the entire movie, they were just blown away by everything, just a pretty overwhelming movie for the diehards.
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions? Stylized, this would never happen even though it would be cool as hell.
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character? Costuming is only really specific to their characters and everything else is generic
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood? basic lighting with a couple good shots with natural lighting
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically? wider shots to show many events of action in the film
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music? There is 1 or 2 rock songs which are only playing when iron man is approaching
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture? They show some new york culture and the culture of the higher military
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources.Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015. “The Avengers kicks ass”-James Berardinelli

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15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene.Example: from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.

Explain why you chose this scene.


Such an iconic marvel scene and shows both sides of the story

16. In the selected scenewrite a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting: Tony Stark gives a great argument against loki on why he is going to lose
b. Sound Design: no sound used
c. Camera Movements/Angles: a few pans to show tony moving within the building but nothing special
d. Light Setup: bright because its the beginning of the fight
e. Soundtrack/Score: no music used
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film? There is none

This worksheet was developed with ideas from many IB Film teachers, thus should remain in the Creative Commons

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