Expansive superhero teams present filmmakers with a unique challenge. It’s hard enough to tell the story of a single character. Trying to sufficiently handle a group of said characters can be a logistical nightmare. How does one divvy up the screen time in a way that appeases general audiences and remains true to the source material? How can multiple subplots and characters arcs be organized into something resembling a coherent and streamlined story? Logically, the most popular and/or marketable characters will take center stage while the others are relegated to the background. Such problems have plagued both the X-Men and Fantastic Four film franchises to varying degrees. In the face of such odds, Marvel Studios presses on with the grand experiment that is The Avengers, the most ambitious production of its kind thus far.