I just got a chance to viddy The Avengers movie, and this post might have some spoilers, so if you haven't yet had the opportunity to spend money on this thing, I suggest you find another post to disagree with.
Going into this film, I knew it was going to be more about effects than storyline. The comic book movies to come out in the last 10 years have been more flash than substance, and The Avengers didn't disappoint. In fact, I hesitate to call it The Avengers movie, singular, as it felt more like some mash-up of Thor 2 and the ending of The Dark Knight Rises. Which kind of makes my point that superhero films are all about violence. They stumble and try to build a story, but as in The Dark Knight Rises, they fail miserably. A love story I can understand - a film needs people to root for beyond the basic Hero model, but the job the writers did in The Avengers, putting Scarlett Johanson and that dude from the equally abismal Hurt Locker in some stubbly, irritating banter just made me care less about them both, and had me rooting for their jet to go down in flames.
I never liked Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, either. He's too cocky, where Fury is traditionally cold but not sarcastic. So that bugged me going into this whole thing. I know I'm being picky, and I know some of you are going "oh it's just a fun movie" and all that, but movies can still be fun AND made well. Look at Citizen Kane. And yes, the effects were good, it was believable and the CGI looked great. But since when do we judge a house on the window dressing?
I did like The Hulk though.