Wow....where do I start? Saw this in IMAX 3D today and honestly had my concerns about the 3D experience relative to the higher price compared to my previous 3D (Real 3D) experiences and some opinions on this forum. I don't know if it's a matter of people's perceptions or my particular theater here in St. Louis but I thought the picture in general, 3D elements and sound were all spectacular! There is simply no other way to describe it. The 3D was for the most part somewhere between depth and pop out, though there were many pop out elements most notably those that "came from behind". I did not see Avatar in 3D nor did I see Captain America in 3D so I have no perspective to offer compared to those films (I know some have compared it to Captain America) but this is BY FAR the best 3D presentation I've experienced. It wasn't even close. In fact, I'm not really a 3D fan but this would make me consider purchasing a 3D television.
I am a huge fan of the Batman Begins, Dark Knight films but IMO I put them on even ground with The Avengers, not to get into a superhero or DC/Marvel debate. To me, BB/TDK was presented as they should be with the story and imagery and The Avengers was presented no differently in its own respect. While at times I did feel each character's "screen/story time" was a little forced for the sake of keeping it equal but it was very well blended and complementary to the story. The biggest thing here is they give you reason to really like all of the characters. I felt each one delivers as if the film was theirs individually but made it work very well together as well, which is a strong credit to the director and actors.
To all that commented, I understand the Hulk comments now! Speaking of, they did an incredible (no pun intended) job building the tension with this portion of the story.
There is no doubt that I will be going to see this movie again, quite possibly by next weekend. I can't remember the last time I've seen a film twice while at the theater. It was that good! It wasn't campy or cheesy nor were there any of what could have been easy gratuitous scenes like Thor or Cap'n with their shirts off or Natasha either for that matter. Well....you could kind of say there was one but the strength of the scene really took precedence. Don't want to say too much here. It was good comic book/action movie fun. I'd also like to add that at one point during the film I thought to myself "the nerds and geeks have finally won". I was watching something that I thought was so cool and realized, everyone is thinking (or will be) thinking the same thing. It's funny to me because I know many, like myself, have been in the "geek" crowd because they've enjoyed this genre of entertainment be it on film, video game or actual comic book.
One final thought for those that it may pertain to, there is a lot of fighting and weapons usage in this film but not much by the way of blood and guts. And I only counted two curse words, which were pretty mild. I add this because as a parent I know sometimes you can get caught off guard with this kind of thing. This happened to me with Transformers 2 and even worse so with Transformers 3. So I was pleasantly pleased about this since I did take my 10 and 6 year old prior to screening the film.
There is soooo much that I'm leaving out, mostly on purpose, but those have seen it can probably understand what it takes to contain all of what we know. But I certainly don't want to spoil it for those that haven't yet seen it. And whoever you are....GO NOW!