The Avengers, also known as The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes is a 2020 American superhero film, the third installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by Joss Whedon, it stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
The movie is based on the story from the comic book The Avengers: Worthy Opponent by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch. The movie is adapted from the first two issues of the comic.
The Avengers first appeared in the book Marvels: Tales of Suspense, which was published in 1988. Written by Mark Millar and drawn by Bryan Hitch, the comic has been adapted into several popular cartoons. The comic has also been turned into a popular video game.
The first four issues of the comic were collected into a two-issue series called Heroes Reborn, which was released in 1992. The movie is the sequel to the first film, Captain America: The First Avenger. The first movie introduced several superheroes, which included Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Scarlet Witch. The second movie introduced the group of heroes known as the Avengers.
The Avengers: Worthy Opponent story takes place during the time between the first and second movies, before the events of The Avengers. The group travels to Wakanda, where they come face to face with two alien races, the Chitauri and the Skrulls. The two alien races were hired by Loki to destroy the Chitauri once and for all. The group encounters a highly advanced race of creatures called the Skrulls, which are an early prototype of the Skrulls in the Marvel Comics universe.
After battling their way through these two alien races, the Avengers find themselves in the middle of the legendary Chitauri war against the Asgardians. The Hulk and the Warriors Three have to be protected against the Thor's thunder god, and the Beast has to stop the Chitauri from absorbing the Asgardian civilization. Meanwhile, Tony Stark is busy discovering a way to defeat the Hulk, and he builds a device that will allow him to "exhaust" the Hulk's energy without killing him.
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes is part of the Marvel Animated Universe, and many of the television series from this universe have been adapted into movies. A majority of the characters from the TV series have also appeared in the movie, including Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and the original movie. To date, the TV series and the movies have combined to make over twenty episodes.
While the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes movie is not actually part of the full-length Avengers series, the movie is a part of the Extended Universe. It is an important part of the franchise's history.