The Avengers (PG-13) Whiz-bang action driven by digital effects plus director Joss Whedon's smart-aleck sense of humor appeal to more than comic-book fans in this story crowded with Marvel Comics superheroes. The plot about who controls a mysterious energy cube takes a back seat to superhero feuding and violence. OK for teens, too violent to be good for tweeners. 3 stars.
-- World-Herald critic Bob Fischbach