The Avengers is a Marvel Cinematic Universe film culminating several different superhero films starting from 2008's Iron Man movie. It brings in characters from Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor as well as a couple others. When Thor's brother Loki plans to attack Earth, the heroes, known as the Avengers, have to team up for the first time in order to prevent catastrophic disaster.Read more
The codename for the film early on in development was 'group hug and the iconic 'A' that's on the Avengers building was given to Robert Downey Jr. as a birthday gift after he had been asking for it.
The film was so massive in scope and had so many characters that some had to sit out from the movie, including Ant-Man. Originally, Edward Norton's 2008 film The Incredible Hulk was going to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but negotiations did not work out between the studio and Norton, so Mark Ruffalo was cast as Hulk for the Avengers, and the events of The Incredible Hulk were never brought up in subsequent films.
The Avengers is a 2012 action sci-fi movie directed by Joss Whedon, who is known for directing or writing such films as Cabin in the Woods, but mainly his TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse, and Angel. Avengers has an ensemble cast featuring Robert Downey Jr. of Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes fame, Chris Evans from the Captain America films, Fantastic Four, and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Scarlett Johansson from The Island, Her, and Under the Skin, Chris Hemsworth from Thor, The Cabin in the Woods, and Snow White and the Huntsman, and many more actors and actresses. The film had an estimated $220 million budget and grossed $1.520 billion worldwide at the box office. It is currently the #6 highest grossing film of all time.