[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/the-avengers-poster_8748.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:[[{{Tagline}} Some]] [[AvengersAssemble Assembly]] [[{{Pun}} Required]].]]

->''"There was an idea... called the Avengers Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people. See if they could become something more. See if they could work together when we needed them to, to fight the battles that we never could."''
-->-- '''Nick Fury'''

'''''The Avengers''''' is a 2012 LiveActionAdaptation of ''Franchise/TheAvengers'' comic book directed by Creator/JossWhedon and produced by Marvel Studios, with a cast composed of:

* [[ComicBook/IronMan Iron Man/Tony Stark]] (Creator/RobertDowneyJr)
* [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Captain America/Capt. Steve Rogers]] (Creator/ChrisEvans)
* [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Incredible Hulk/Bruce Banner]] (Creator/MarkRuffalo)
* [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] (ChrisHemsworth)
* [[ComicBook/BlackWidow Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff]] (Creator/ScarlettJohansson)
* [[{{ComicBook/Hawkeye}} Hawkeye/Clint Barton]] (Creator/JeremyRenner)
* ComicBook/{{Loki}} (Creator/TomHiddleston)
* ComicBook/NickFury (Creator/SamuelLJackson)
* [[ComicBook/CivilWar Maria Hill]] (Creator/CobieSmulders)
* Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg)

The story revolves around the heroes of the first five Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse films (''Film/IronMan1'', ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', ''Film/IronMan2'', ''Film/{{Thor}}'', and ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'') banding together to form the eponymous super team as they tie up several unresolved plot threads from those movies.

'''Warning: Unmarked spoilers for [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse the previous films]] below.'''

Steve Rogers (Captain America), found frozen alive and thawed in the modern day, must come to terms with the loss of his past life while trying to cope with the modern world. Meanwhile, Loki (the BigBad of ''Thor'') manages to make his way to Earth in pursuit of [[MacGuffin the Tesseract]], and an entire army follows him.

{{ComicBook/SHIELD}} director Nick Fury recruits Rogers to join The Avengers alongside Tony Stark (Iron Man), Thor, Bruce Banner (and The Hulk), Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow), and Clint Barton (Hawkeye) to face the threat of Loki's invasion. With conflicting personalities and motivations for joining, the team must set their differences aside and work together if they hope to save the world.

A globally phenomenal success in critical, popular and financial terms, it is the highest grossing non-Creator/JamesCameron film ever.

An eight-issue prequel comic, ''The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week'' has also been released,, tying up loose ends from all the previous movies and setting the stage for this one. A second prequel mini-series focusing on Black Widow's activities leading up to the movie was also released.

A sequel film called ''Film/TheAvengersAgeOfUltron'' has a release date of 2015. If you're looking for the 1998 film based on the British TV series ''Series/TheAvengers'', that's over at ''Film/TheAvengers1998''. Don't worry, we won't tell.
----
!!''The Avengers'' assembles all of its tropes into the following subpages:

[[index]]
* TheAvengers/TropesAToD
* TheAvengers/TropesEToL
* TheAvengers/TropesMToP
* TheAvengers/TropesQToZ
* TheAvengers/TieIns
[[/index]]

----
->''"All right, hey! Hooray, good job, guys. Let's just not come in tomorrow; let's just take a day... Have you ever tried shawarma? There's a shawarma joint about two blocks from here. I don't know what it is, but I wanna try it. "''
----