7 Essential MCU Movies: The Avengers (2012)

Before Avengers: Endgame arrives next week, let’s revisit the 7 essential MCU movies you should rewatch before the Infinity Saga comes to a close…


What’s it about? Loki has arrived on Earth intent on subjugating humanity – thankfully, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury has a certain initiative ready for just this sort of scenario. It’s time to bring together a group of remarkable people who can fight the battles that we never could.

Why is it essential? The Avengers was very much the first of its kind – in TV terms, it’s a series finale to Phase One of the MCU, as the previous 5 films had all been building up to the moment Earth’s Mightiest Heroes united for the first time. It’s also still relevant to this day as it gave us our first glimpse of Thanos, as the Mad Titan is revealed to be behind Loki’s attack in the film’s final scene.

Why is it worth re-watching? Because it’s quite simply a blast from start to finish. No other Marvel movie quite captures the giddy, child-like thrill of all your favorite heroes coming together in the same way. Joss Whedon’s script is speedy, funny and robust while the cast have terrific chemistry. It just never gets old.

What’s the best scene? This whole movie is made up of iconic scenes for Marvel fans so it’s tough to pick just one. Obviously, the grand climax that sees the Avengers come together for the Battle of New York is terrific but I have a particular fondness for a much smaller-scale scene: the moment when Loki lords it over some German citizens in Stuttgart and one brave man, implied to be a Holocaust survivor, stands up to him. It’s a brilliant little bit of pathos in a crazy comic book movie.

What should I watch out for? If you’re a Buffy fan like me, you might like to know that hiding under layers of make-up and prosthetics as Thanos’ underling the Other is Wesley Wyndam-Prince himself Alexis Denisof. He later returned for a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy. For a list of other Whedon actors to star in the MCU, click here.


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