Fun Flashback Friday: Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’

"The Avengers" movie poster (2012)

“Some assembly required”

There came a day unlike no other when “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” found themselves united against a common threat.  On May 4, 2012, they became Marvel’s “The Avengers”.

You have “billionaire-playboy-genius-philanthropist” Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) as the armored and invincible Iron Man.  There’s the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the demi-god of thunder; scientist Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), “a man with breathtaking anger management issues” as “the other guy” known as the Hulk, the strongest hero there is.  The team also includes Black Widow (Scarlett Johnasson) and Hawkeye, a pair of “master assassins” from director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)’s super-spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D.  And let’s not forget Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), the “old-fashioned” kid from Brooklyn who became a living legend as Captain America: the first Avenger.

Together, they came as one to fight the battles that no one else could: starting with the battle of New York against Thor’s trickster half-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

Marvel’s “The Avengers” was literally a Hulk smashing success: breaking box office records that included a $207.million opening domestically.  Not only that, the film shows it is indeed good to be Tony Stark when RDJ received a payday of $50 million dollars, making him the highest-paid Avenger.  Grossing over $1.5 billion dollars worldwide, Marvel’s “The Avengers” ended Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Since 1963, the Avengers have been fighting the foes that others couldn’t or wouldn’t: from Kang the Conqueror to preventing the “Age of Ultron” (James Spader) with the growing list of members that includes Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Captain Marvel, and Vision.  Many in the world sees them as “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”, but a selected few thinks of the Avengers as a team of super-powered vigilantes that needs to be put in check: leading to a civil war that led the Avengers go from united to divided with Team Iron Man and Team Cap.

But now comes another day once more when ALL of “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” find them united and reunited against a threat like no other … a foe like no other in the form of the endgame known as Thanos (Josh Brolin).

“Avengers: Infinity War”, the #1 movie in the world, is in theaters now.



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