Re: Where are the Avengers?
It's inferred in the script of Iron Man Three that SHIELD definitely deals more in the "superhero threat" aspect of homeland security. Hence the reassignment of Rhodes in the script.
And in a way, Coulson kind of makes that same statement in the first Iron Man picture. It wasn't too noticeable, their absence in this film.
"Because he's the hero that Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now... and so we'll hunt him... because he can take it... because he's not a hero... he's a silent guardian, a watchful protector... a DARK KNIGHT."
"The Fire Rises"