Originally Posted by KBMAN
was this a good movie???
Good? No. It was great!
My opinion is that this is a great movie and deserves all its hype and massive wealth. Also, it's one of the best comic book movie I've ever seen to date. Honestly, it makes the trailer for Dark Knight Rises look like completely pretentious yawn-fest drivel ("this is no car" Puh-leaze). I was excited for DKR before seeing The Avengers, but now I probably won't even bother seeing it in the theater (and I love Batman!)
Whedon took a cast of characters that we know already (IM, IM2, CA, Hulk, Thor) and made each of them grow beyond their previous incarnations, but instead of stopping there he successfully blended them all together (along with a couple new faces) without diminishing them. Whedon & Co. were able to cater to fans of each character, fans of the Avengers, and still make the film accessible enough for my parents and in-laws to see a second time (they don't know anything about Avengers). All the while, the experience has not been watered down as there are plenty of nerd-core easter eggs for people like my wife.
Going in, I didn't expect it to be as good as it was. I didn't think Whedon could pull it off, I didn't think the new Banner/Hulk (Ruffalo) could pull it off, I didn't think Hawkeye (Renner) would be interesting, and I certainly didn't expect anything from Black Widow (Johannsen). What I expected and what I got were two very different things.
If I had to nitpick, I could find some things to complain about. All in all, this film deserves its billion(s).