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I hate playing catch up!
As a long time fan of the Marvel Franchise, I have been impatiently waiting for this movie. I have seen all the movies leading up to this movie including Iron Man 1 & 2, Hulk, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America: the First Avenger, and Thor. They way Marvel has worked to weave all of these into individual stories as well as part of a larger story arch was amazingly well done. I was worried about how this movie would play out since the actor for the Hulk has now changed three times, Hawkeye and Black Window are mortals, and the forming of a team can make for characters lost and a very hap hazard story line. Instead we got an amazing movie with continued character growth, and a smooth story. The best part of each of the movies and The Avengers movies is that you can watch each of the individually and not feel like you have been left behind. The only sad part was I missed not seeing the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Vision.
Joss Whedon has a talent for crafting a story on an epic scale that still drives home the team atmosphere. This movie could have easily been just Captain America, Thor, Iron Man movie, but each character was given love with fun romps and catchy lines that will live on. Marvel would be smart if they tied down Joss Whedon to the entire Avengers related franchise. It definitely reminded me of his work with Buffy and Angel where you get a team dynamic and not one character over shadows the other. I really masterpiece of directing and writing.