The Avengers ★★★★

Seems so quaint (and so slow) now, but there is a real movie in here and even a sense of danger—which seems impossible knowing all that has come after it. 

What it does so well is set up all the character conflicts and connections that would continue to bear fruit over the next decade of these movies. That it’s able to take its time is why practically anything works in Ultron, Civil War or Inifinity War.

And you still can’t beat that shot circling our heroes amidst all the destruction on the streets of New York.