Has it only been five years since The Avengers blew us away and ushered in a brave (and in some cases not so brave) new world of superhero movies?
It certainly was not a spontaneous event, even in terms of summer blockbusters. Marvel had been carefully building up to it with no less than five movies, and gave a great deal of control to writer-director Joss Whedon, the man behind Buffy, The Cabin in the Woods, and Firefly. Compare that to the now many, many, reports of very skilled, creative directors departing fromMCU films due to “creative differences.” In the case of The Avengers, this trust paid off in a big way, with The Avengers becoming the first MCU movie to gross $1 billion. This movie wasn’t just adored by audiences though; critics heaped praise on the film too, citing its character development, action, and especially its wit.