As Captain America: The First Avenger concluded, we were granted a sneak peek at the film that was the payoff of the Phase One series, The Avengers. Using all the threads laid out in all the previous films, we had the huge conclusion of the series, thus far. Much like the original Avengers comic, it brought Earth’s Mightiest Heroes up against Loki.

Joss Whedon was tasked to bring this film to the screen, which he rewrote the script, and re-casted Bruce Banner with Mark Ruffalo. As well as introduced the world to Maria Hill, (Cobie Smulders), Fury’s number one. Returning in this film was Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Stellan Skarsgard’s Selvig and Clark Gregg’s Agent Coulson.

The Tessaract that was retrieved at the end of Captain America is an energy source that SHIELD is developing against any alien threats. Unfortunately, Loki and his mind-controlling staff stole it and took some people with him, including Selvig and Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton – who made that brief appearance in Thor.

Like most teams of this type, and what made Marvel a great comic publisher, you have people that don’t like each other. Even in the end, you respect each other, but you can still not like one another. Tension from the start is between Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Roger (Chris Evans). Primarily, Stark’s daddy issues takes over because his dad spoke fondly of Rogers, while his father never liked him much. In the end, they prove their worth in their own rite.

The two that are truly the strongest among them play everything low-key: Bruce Banner and Thor (Chris Helmsworth). Ruffalo has a great time playing the guy in the shadows. Attempting to stay out of everyone’s way and fading into the background, which is something he perfected after the last time we saw him. Thor, again, is attempting to save his brother from ruining that world. Even after being dropped from a helicarrier and stabbed, he still tries.

For fans, it was a dream come true. Never before have comic fans ever had a live-action movie that featured all their favorite heroes from past films. Each of the films prior would have served as a “Road to the Avengers” series leading up to The Avengers event comic. It was a moment that all comic fans had been waiting for since it was announced in 2008. The film allowed characters to interact, develop, and shine in their ways.

The culmination of the final ‘Battle for New York’, which was the entire third act, was an eye-grabbing spectacle. Comic fans given their “Avengers Assemble” moment and everyone playing to their strengths. Even Stark diverted to Rogers for a battle plan. Of course, the major payoff is the introduction of Thanos at the end of the post-credit sequence. This led people into thinking that Thanos would be the villain of the next film. Unfortunately, we would have to wait until 2018 for that. A six whole years later.

The Avengers

The Avengers was more than fan service. It was a thought-out story that brought these heroes together and faced a villain that no one hero could defeat. That is what made The Avengers a great line. All our favorite heroes joining forces to defeat a powerful foe. Obviously, that was put to the biggest test in last year’s Infinity War. The only one that didn’t fare well was Joss Whedon. He went from geek god to a bastard for what he did to Justice League. Maybe he should’ve stayed with Marvel.