“The Battle of New York was the end of the world. This, now, is the new world.”
— Maria Hill, former Deputy Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The giddy geeks who stuck around until the final credit had rolled on 2008’s Iron Man witnessed the future of moviegoing peering back at them: Tony Stark, who’d declared “I am Iron Man” just minutes before, discovers Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury lurking in his swank oceanside mansion. His line dangled a prospect for Tony, and a promise to everyone still watching: “I’m here to talk to you about the Avengers Initiative.”