This article is a great look at the TV-like structure in The Avengers, particularly in its ensemble cast. It compares Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams work in TV to their blockbuster films (Abrams’ Star Trek), and how by focusing on a group of “regular cast” makes the movies fun instead of overloaded. It also goes into how it differs from “lone person against the world” films that Hollywood seems to love (which fits most of Marvel’s prequel movies to The Avengers). Definitely worth reading!
Why The Avengers is the best TV show in movie theaters | Film | For Our Consideration | The A.V. Club.