The Avengers Decoded: The Makings of a Marvelous Movie Franchise

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THOR (2011) 

While Iron man was living up to his name at the box office, The Avengers needed more than one star to be a success. Chris Hemsworth filled in nicely as the god of thunder Thor. The Kenneth Branagh-directed film opened strong with $65,723,338 its first weekend and went on to $181,030,624 domestically and an additional $268,295,994 in international ticket sales. The worldwide box office draw wound up at almost $450 million.

THOR (2011)

While Iron man was living up to his name at the box office,…