I hate to admit it, but I kinda want to see this! I’ve seen only a smattering of the movies that have been leading up to this, but I know the Marvel Comics so I’m not terribly worried about being lost with respect to the plot ;)
Unsurprisingly, there’s a wiki article about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which saves me from doing extra legwork. Thank you, internet. Here’s the rundown:
Iron Man (May 2, 2008) – saw it, liked it.
Incredible Hulk (June 13, 2008) – I got suckered into seeing the Eric Bana Hulk movie. I was determined never to pay for a Hulk movie again. I still haven’t seen this one, though I hear it’s actually ok.
Iron Man 2 (May 7, 2010) – It was on my list of things to do, but I never got around to it while it was in theatres. And I haven’t rented it since any place that rents videos within a hundred kilometres had already closed down in shame. It’s too bad. I did used to rent a ton of videos back in the day. I’ve not been impressed with the Canadian streaming selection and I’ve also got bandwidth quotas to worry about.
Basically, I only see movies now when I physically go to the theatre with my Dad (much rarer these days because the cost is downright insane) or when I visit my folks and watch their movie channels. If I felt like graphing out my movie watching frequency, you’d notice that it fell off a cliff in 2010 and has yet to recover.
Thor (May 6, 2011) – Ok, this one I did see in theatres with my dad. It was alright. I was happy to see Hawkeye, at least!
Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22, 2011) – nope. Captain America never really appealed to me as a kid. I couldn’t understand why there was no equivalent Canadian flag-waving ass-kicker out there (first person to say ‘Wolverine’ dies very slowly, thankyouverymuch). These days he doesn’t bug me much, but I wasn’t interested enough to spend the cash on the movie.
And all of those brings us up to The Avengers (May 4, 2012). I hope it’s good, I really do. I’m more of a DC comics fan, but I cheer for the success of most comic-related endavours, in the hopes that it will elevate everyone’s game and then we, the fans, get even more cool stuff coming out as a result. Fingers crossed!!
Oh, and the MarvelUK trailer is entirely different and much better. Warning: could be considered slightly spoiler-y depending on how much action you want to see before the film is out.
How about you guys? Think it will be worth catching up on the other films before checking out the crossover?