Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: the First Avenger (and, if you’re feeling masochistic, the first Hulk movie). Five films that need to be viewed to truly appreciate the amazing, and perhaps unprecedented, achievement that is The Avengers. It’s been over a week since its premier, so this review might contain spoilers. Before I went in I tweeted asking if one could be disappointed that a movie so completely lived up to one’s expectations. If you like to write scratching reviews, then yes, but I simply bathed in the glorious fangirl hum of satisfaction.
I saw this movie right after Christmas, but since I’ve been taking a break from everything remotely work related, the writer in me was nowhere to be found. Perhaps waiting a bit has allowed me to really think about this movie. Read on if you’ve yet to decide to see it.
Put as succinctly as possible: you will enjoy watching this movie if you enjoyed the first one, with some reservations depending on a few details we will get to below. If you didn’t enjoy the first one then I don’t know why you’d bother, except perhaps to see Robert Downey Jr. in a dress and Stephen Fry in his birthday suit, if that’s your cup of tea. I found it was mine.