Originally Posted by General Kenobi
Captain America was pretty weak, I really don't see what there was to like about it... easily forgotten IMO. Iron Man has been my favorite and as much as I thought I would dislike Thor it was pretty good too. Xmen First Class was good but I was let down with the kid that played xavier, he was so great in Wanted but I just wasn't sold on him in First Class. Now Fassbender on the other hand rocked it. I'm not up on why Norton is not playing Hulk but it stinks, he did well in that, better than Bana who I also like but not in that role. I'm wondering if Jeremy Renner will have much screen time or will he be sneaking off to shoot Bourne Legacy
I'm very much looking forward to Avengers but IMO Prometheus > Avengers as far as my excitement/anticipation factor.
I liked CA, but mainly due to Joe Johnston trying to capture an Indy Jones-ish vibe in a Marvel flick. Not the best film of last year by a long shot, but I was entertained. I also enjoyed Thor more than I thought I would, despite being the most far out story/concept among a group of films consisting of far out concepts. Making Thor a bit comedic helped the whole Norse Gods as advanced alien beings go down a little smoother, I thought.
I personally really enjoyed First Class - and had no issue with the portrayal of Xavier...or really any of the plot elements that were somewhat out of sync with the previous X Men films. And yes, Fassbender's Magneto deserves his own movie.
As to the Hulk role change, this is what I have gathered from previous reports...
Ed Norton not reprising the Banner role is to be blamed on Marvel..namely Kevin Feige. Reportedly, Feige was concerned about Norton not being a "team player" when it came time to make Avengers. Norton has a reputation, some say rightly deserved - of making lots of suggestions regarding script, story, characters, etc. Some directors enjoy this need for collaborative involvement (his HULK director Louis Letterier reportedly being one of them). Other directors he has worked with have not been so appreciative, hence some seeing Norton as "difficult" or even a diva.
Marvel put major time & budget constraints (well..maybe moreso time than $$) on the Avengers. That should be expected when you announce a locked in release date before the flippin' script has been finished. Feige likely assumed Norton could end up throwing a wrench in the machinery either prior to or during production. The Marvel Studios head was supposedly not all that stoked with Norton's perceived meddling with Incredible Hulk both on set & during the editing process (despite the director welcoming his lead actor's suggestions) & made the judgement call to hire another actor.
Mark Ruffalo is a good actor & I'm sure he will be fine in the Banner role. He also seems to not have the same reputation on set as Norton. And lets face it, this is not the 1st actor swap we've dealt with in Marvel's lead up to this movie -looking @ both of you, Terrence Howard & Don Cheadle. I imagine it'll all work out fine, but I do wish we had Norton in this film, esp since Gen. Ross was paid a visit from Tony Stark @ the behest of Nick Fury @ the end of Hulk.