Re: What would have happened if Avengers failed?
It was a pretty big catalyst. It's a comic franchise a lot of people thought would be impossible to translate to live action, and whether you like what Whedon did or not, he managed to do it faithfully for the most part. Now others in Hollywood know something of that scope can be done and have it make money.
If the person you're seeing ever asks the question "Who is Stan Lee?", promptly kick their ass to the curb.
Who the **** makes a movie and while planning it is like, "you know what this needs...is some Greg Kinnear."