MCU: All 33 Marvel Cinematic Universe films ranked from worst to best

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron..L to R: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel 2015
Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron..L to R: Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel 2015 /
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8. The Avengers

The Avengers was undoubtedly a huge gamble for Marvel, if for no other reason than the fact that it was their initial endgame. If it hadn’t worked, everything they had been building towards for five years would have been for nothing, and it would have left the MCU in a state of uncertainty. But it didn’t just work, it excelled.

We could waste this entry going on about the film’s impressive box office takings or the legacy that it left behind, but quite frankly, none of that would have been possible if the film wasn’t up to scratch. And it was, it oh-so-was.

Bringing together the heroes already established in previous films, Nick Fury had a plan to have Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow and the Incredible Hulk form what he initially referred to as the Avengers Initiative in a bid to stop Loki’s reign of terror. However, Loki ended up dragging both Thor and Hawkeye into the mix and, just like that, the world’s greatest heroes were united.

The Avengers was, in many ways, a well-oiled machine, tasked with showing us that the long-awaited team up was indeed worth waiting for, but that it wouldn’t be smooth-sailing. The conflict all felt very natural and the dynamics were great – and it all set the stage for one hell of a showdown in Manhattan as the disagreeing heroes came together to battle the Chituari in one of the greatest film scenes of the decade.