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2. 'The Avengers'
Release date: 2012
Director: Joss Whedon
Best moment: The moment they become a team and uncork all sort of pain on the Chitauri invasion.
Legacy: Was this really only a year ago? Both "Iron Man 3" and "Thor: The Dark World" explicitly deal with the aftermath of the events from this film, and what makes the Marvel plan for "The Avengers 2" and "The Avengers 3" so interesting is how they are both direct sequels to the first film, following up on the groundwork laid there. This was the moment for Marvel to finally prove what they'd been saying since they started trying to make their own movies, and it seems like they sent the message loud and clear: they know what they are doing.