Watch 'The Avengers' superhero meetup as the Ultimate Summer Movie Showdown begins

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Film critic Justin Chang is on a quest to find the Ultimate Summer Movie — with help from Times readers who chose "The Avengers" as the first movie to watch and discuss together.

Chang and colleague Glenn Whipp discussed "The Avengers" and all things superhero live at 6 p.m.on May 7. Watch the conversation on the Times Classic Hollywood Facebook page. Or tune in on YouTube.

Los Angeles Times film critic Justin Chang and entertainment columnist Glenn Whipp host the inaugural episode of "The Ultimate Movie Summer Showdown" with a discussion of Marvel's "The Avengers." (Ken Kwok/Los Angeles Times/Marvel)

Be sure to follow Justin Chang on Twitter @justincchang to join the discussion and vote every week on your favorite movies in the #UltimateSummerMovie Showdown series, which runs through August.

To recap the rules: Each week, Chang presents you with a list of 16 movies from 1975 to 2019, all of which were released during that summer week. Readers vote on Twitter to determine a winner. You watch the movie on your own, then we convene at 6 p.m. on Thursday for a livestreaming event hosted by Chang and featuring special guests.

Week Two: After a fierce Twitter battle, Times readers chose "Bridesmaids" as the next summer movie. Join Chang at 6 p.m. on May 14 for a live conversation about "Bridesmaids" on the Los Angeles Times Classic Hollywood Facebook page, YouTube or Twitter.