I am Em of Verbal Diorama, and I am burdened with glorious purpose. Because really, aren't we all here for Loki, God of Mischief, the wonderful Tom Hiddleston just chewing every inch of CG scenery?
But he's not the only highlight of this movie, because pretty much everything about The Avengers (or Avengers Assemble as it was marketed here in the UK, don't worry though, it's still The Avengers to most of us!) is pure unadulterated brilliance. Nick Fury's quote about "an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people" relates to both on and off screen.
While you can date character team-up duos back to the 1940s, no other movie has successfully brought together multiple characters from their own (very different) film franchises and teamed them up to fight together against a common foe.
The Avengers was a huge risk, but paid off in buckets. Iron Man had been a success, but The Avengers was filming even before Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor was released; there was every chance those movies would bomb.
Many other studios have tried to replicate the formula Marvel have succeeded with, but while this movie's team can claim "We have a Hulk", Marvel Studios can claim "We have Kevin Feige".
I would love to hear your thoughts on The Avengers (no, not the spy one!)