The Avengers (2012) is a fantasy written and directed by Joss Whedon about a group of superheroes: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Captain America (Chris Evans), who come together with the help of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., to defend the Earth.
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
Fury: “There was an idea, Stark knows this, called the Avengers initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if they could become something more. To see if they could work together when we needed them to, to fight the battles that we never could. Phil Coulson died still believing in that idea. In heroes.”
- Director Joss Whedon (collider.com)