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The Avengers

By DAVID WEINER

December 17, 2012

People love it when a good plan comes together. Not solely a stand-alone movie, the brain trust at Marvel Studios worked diligently with a variety of separate superhero movies that weaved together logically to lead up to the Main Event: A story of clashing super-egos who must work together to save the world from evil. The Avengers not only represented deft juggling by director Joss Whedon of a large cast and epic story -- that, in the wrong hands, could easily could have imploded -- but showed Hollywood that audiences are hungry for smart filmmaking, and that big-budget filmmaking doesn't have to pander to the lowest common denominator. The superhero team of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow triumphed with a $203 million opening weekend and took in close to $620 million at the domestic box office when all was said and done.

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