The best thing about Marvel's Avengers is that they aren’t the well-oiled machine that most people think they are; they’re actually quite dysfunctional. Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hank Pym, and the Wasp could just as easily be found pounding on each other as often as they would be battling the likes of Ultron and Kang the Conqueror.

No matter if you’re talking about The Ultimates or the mainstream Avengers, the group is always in the middle of some of Marvel's best stories year in and year out. Every major development and storyline that runs through the Marvel Universe always has its roots in The Avengers comic book series, making the team the crown jewel at The House of Ideas.

This is a team that could fight intergalactic threats like Thanos one issue, and then small-time hoods like The Wrecking Crew during the next issue. They’re the working class heroes of the comic book world, and they don’t shy away from issues ranging from alien threats to social justice. That’s why they have endured for this long, and it's also why millions of theater-going people are about to become enamored with them.