On the side of good stand the Avengers. But because theirs is a human good, it is not completely unalloyed. The Avengers are powerful, but not self-serving. They are better than humans at technology, fighting, and healing -- but these are external traits. On the level of pure value, the Avengers are humble -- willing to place their own lives on the line to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Despite their great power (which could be turned to tyrannical ends if they chose), these super-heroes do not seek to dominate, but to ensure freedom. But in fairness, and in a hint at realism, Whedon's screenplay has the humans behind . (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division -- the government agency that oversees the Avengers) hedge their bets. What motivates . Director Nick Fury and the Council does not appear to be raw power, but fear and distrust. It makes them dangerous, but not despicable.