The hype leading up to "The Avengers" has been so great that I believed there was no way the actual movie could live up to it. How wrong I was. "The Avengers" is awesome, and one of the best superhero movies I've ever seen. The main reason is its writer/director, Joss Whedon. The story has Loki, Thor's brother, coming to Earth to destroy us with an alien army. Nick Fury brings Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Captain America together (all of whom have had their own movies), along with Hawkeye and Black Widow, to stop this alien attack. Yes, the battles are awesome, but what makes this movie so good is how Whedon deals with these dysfunctional heroes. They're damaged goods, and he plays up their egos and neuroses. The dialog is vintage Whedon, meaning it's great. The actors have a lot of fun, playing against the other heroes, and it breathes new life into some of the characters who seemed a little stale recently (I'm talking to you, Tony Stark). The movie also has a great villain in Tom Hiddleston. "The Avengers" really starts this summer off on a great foot.