The Avengers was everything a superhero movie should be. Exciting, thrilling and action packed. The perfect mix of comedy and action. The movie had a clever and witty script. The movies verbal fights were just as good as the physical fights. This movie was a perfect example of the sum of its parts being more than the parts themselves. None of the these characters on their own were this good. The original Hulk movie was a disaster.....Iron Man was surprisingly good as was Captain Americam but not at this level....Thor was a dud ( at least when he was on earth). I would never go and see a Hawkeye movie or Nick Fury or Black Widow, but somehow put them all together and it makes the best superhero sandwich to ever hit the screen. I don't consider myself a comic book fan....but I'm a devoted follower of the director of The Avengers. I love everything he has put on the small screen. Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dr, Horrible and Dollhouse were all great. Whedon took everything he learned from making those shows concerning the group dynamics of those shows characters and blended it somehow just right, Flawed good guys that can be bad at times, fighting each other and then banding together for a common goal.
The Avengers success is all about balance...it was all about the right mix of ingredients that make the recipe for success just right. Someone in Hollywood got it right in hiring Whedon to shepherd this movie. Just like the people that put the trust in the Lord of the Rings movies in the hands of the guy that made Dead Alive and Bad Taste. Whoever decided to give this group of superheroes in the capable hands of the guy that made Buffy was a genius
After seeing The Avengers I can't imagine them going back to doing solo movies again. The scope and scale of The Avengers was well beyond the other solo films