Adam Frank appreciates The Avenger’s adherence to Clarke’s Law:
[T]he mysterious “Tesseract” driving The Avengers plot is either a divine artifact of great power or a cube containing that most scientific of entities — Dark Energy. Likewise the portals between distant parts of this fictional universe are either the “Rainbow Bridges” of ancient myth or wormholes of modern general relativity. While excellent science advising is one reason these story elements are so engaging, it’s the willingness of the series creators to stay within the lines they’ve drawn for themselves that is just as important. The reason why these lines matter is simple. We already live in a universe with rules.
Eric Scott watches The Avengers for religious overtones:
The worldview of these films is grounded in the materialist philosophy embodied in the first one in the series, Iron Man, a world where everything is ultimately attributable to super-science. Even Thor, overtly based in myth, attempts to hand-wave the magic away by invoking Clarke’s Law (namely, that any sufficiently advanced technology will seem like magic to an outsider’s eyes). Finding a way to meld that science-fiction mindset with the fantastic world of myth has caused enough friction for the series; reconciling it with real-life religion may simply have been too much to ask.
H/t to The Daily Dish.