Yes, of course I went to see it. Apparently, most of the United States did. And it was a good time, to be sure. I don’t know these characters as intimately as many people do, but that’s the beauty of it: The film is designed to let you just jump on an enjoy the ride, without having to have a doctorate in Marvel superheroes. And it’s a good thing, too, since no effort is really made to catch you up. If you don’t know the comics, and didn’t see at least some of the previous movies, you might well find yourself asking “Who the heck are all these people?”
But the way the story carries you along, it doesn’t matter that much. It’s clear from the start who the good guys and the bad guys are; there’s never any doubt. (Okay, the Hulk is a monster who lives to smash things, but he’s still a good guy, somehow. It’s just something you have to trust them on.) And each character is drawm distinctly enough, and given enough time to establish a presence, that you’ll feel you know them by the end of this movie. It’s a tribute to screenwriter Joss Whedon that he makes it work not only as a sequel to the various other movies that led up to it, but a story that works on its own.
(Note to all movie studios: If you want a comic-book movie that will break the box office like this one, do what Marvel did: Get a writer who knows and loves comics!)
On a confessional note…I did doze off a few times toward the end. Huge fights, big explosions, buildings getting smashed – ho hujm. I’m much more interested in the twistefamily dynamics of Thor and Loki, or the heroes confronting Nick Fury with what he’s been hiding from them. That’s human stuff, and it’s done well. The big-budget action doesn’t have the same draw for me. But overall, yeah – A for effort, and I’ll plan on seeing the next one.