The Avengers


So I guess I need to watch some movies before this comes  out:

The film is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that crosses over several Marvel superhero films including Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

I’ve seen the first Iron Man, which was fun I thought, but not the second. It’s on Netflix but I got bored when I tried watching it. Is it worth my time?

The last Hulk I saw was the one that came about before the 2008 version … not sure what year. I hated it. A lot. How is the newer one?

Thor looks good, but I didn’t get to it in theatres. I’m thinking I’ll just rent Captain America also, unless anyone thinks it’s really worth the time and money to see it on the big screen.

Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the editor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.


  1. I do sincerely recommend Thor. I enjoyed it much more than I expected. It alternates between fun and stupid, but the fun parts are really fun. And Chris Hemsworth was extremely likeable and gave some outstanding line readings. A very pleasant surprise all in all.

  2. That “trailer” is something someone pieced together from those earlier films. It’s not official in any way.

    The only thing the studio has done for the movie so far is a 30 second teaser after the credits of Capt. America and it looks WAY better than this mashup. They might have shown some additional footage at ComicCon but I haven’t been paying that much attention.

    To answer your question: it won’t hurt to see the other films but no doubt the studio wants to ensure people that haven’t seen all of them will still enjoy Avengers. Capt. America, Iron Man & Thor are my personal favorites so far. IM2 was fine entertainment but left me feeling slightly dissatisfied. The Incredible Hulk (2008) was better than the earlier The Hulk by most accounts I’ve read but I never saw the earlier one.

    • Yep, I realize there’s no actual trailer. But absent the real trailer, this is what I’m using to spark this particular discussion. You’re probably correct that they’ll make this very accessible.

  3. Tim beat me to the punch – not a trailer for the actual movie.

    I liked the second Incredible Hulk movie a lot. Just pretend the first one never happened because it was a train wreck of epic proportions. Thor was good, not great. Captain America was awesome.

  4. Trailer? Why do I need a trailer? I have these two little words:

    Joss. Whedon.

    That’s all I will even need to buy advance tickets.

  5. There was a second Hulk movie? I must have missed it (or my brain doesn’t process ‘Hulk movie’, due to how bad the first one was).

    See ‘Thor’, don’t worry about the rest.

  6. Cap is definitely worth the big screen. It’s predictable as fish, but it’s full of great actors and great action.

    Thor is not quite as good, but it’s worth it for the guy who plays Loki alone. Quite a bit of Thor (and even more of Iron Man 2) is setup for the Avengers movie.

    The Incredible Hulk is probably the worst of the bunch. It’s like the first one but with a more coherent plot and less interesting cinematography.

  7. Captain America is worth going to see. So is Thor. The second Hulk movie was a vast improvement over the first, but it had problems of it’s own. A shame because I’ve been waiting for a decent treatment of the Incredible Hulk for years (No not based on the TV show, but more on the Jack Kirby Hulk.)
    What I think is noteworthy, aside from seeing what film, is that i think it was pure genius for marvel to intertwine these films cinematically in the lead up to the Avengers. They had a plan, and it’s working financially for them like gangbusters.

    Contrast that to the seemingly clueless way Warner/DC has approached, promoted, and produced their comic book films, and there’s just no comparison..

    Of all the money they’ve invested in the various franchises they’ve developed, they still only have Batman to brag about.

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