Which we did. (We were the second group in line. It was a long wait. I was glad I put a copy of Space Fluxx in my pocket.)
Anyway, the movie! I liked it. A lot. And I want to talk about what I liked in spoileriffic detail, so all the rest of this is behind the cut.
So first off, while we were in line, Jerry noticed something veddy eentedestingk about the movie poster. You remember how there was some promo art poster a while back that had Black Widow doing that obnoxious spine-twisting show-the-camera-my-ass-but-also-my-face "sexy" pose that, like, io9 and people totally called them out on? Well, here's what the (4x8') poster in the lobby looks like:
Now she's facing the camera straight-on: no cleavage or butt on display, weapons clearly visible. And, please to be noting, which character is now pointing his butt camera-ward but also turning to face us?
That's right, it's the Hulk. As Jerry said, "I don't think that's an accident."
And I felt like that carried through the whole movie. There isn't really a star, but Black Widow is in a sneaky way kind of the most central, or perhaps most pivotal character. And the way she gets information out of other characters is amazing. And in the end, she's the one who actually gets the gate closed. She's a vital and equally-important character and not sexually objectified. So that was very pleasing.
Also! The female characters were all fully-clothed! There may have been catsuits, yes, but the guys showed at LEAST as much skin as the women, overall, and the camera was just as happy to linger on Chris Evans' butt as ScarJo's.
The movie managed to make both Black Widow and Hawkeye, the two non-metahumans, feel just as important and valuable as the rest of the team, which I thought was a pretty good trick. It would be easy for them to get lost, but they didn't.
And they made the SHIELD helicarrier, which is kind of dorky on a conceptual level, into something *really cool*! Nick Fury totally deserved his $10.
Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk was, of course, absolutely wonderful. The way he delivers the line "Well, this all seems compltely horrible" is just the best. *That* is the Hulk movie everyone wants to see now. Also, Bruce and Tony as science BFFs makes me squee like nothin'.
There were lots of great lines, but Whedon also managed to keep all the characters' voices distinct, and it was neat to see Thor's Shakespearean declamations playing off Tony's snark and Cap's earnestness and yet all fitting together and *working*, because I think that could easily have been a big mess.
And there was a bunch of interestingly revelatory stuff about character motivations that was demonstrated through the dialogue. Like, you can watch Tony just drop the snark in the middle of a sentence as he gets an idea and you realize oh, he's only an asshole when he doesn't have something to THINK about! And similarly all of Thor's stuff with Loki and family, and BW + Hawkeye having a background and a relationship but not being all IN LURVE with one another (and hooray for that), and so on.
I was quite distraught over Agent Coulson's death, even though it was quintessential Whedon *and* retrospectively obvious from a scrip-construction POV, but nevertheless I hold out hope that he may not actually be dead. After all, Fury faked the baseball cards, and we didn't actually *see* the medics pronounce him dead; we heard Fury *say* it over the comms -- and he admitted that the team needed something personal to bring them together. So I'm going to believe him alive, because his crush of Captain America is too adorkable to die.
Did everybody notice the two ravens circling about when Thor confronts Loki on the mountaintop?
Hakeye's auto-quiver thingy was pretty awesome.
When they revealed Stark Tower being converted to Avengers Tower I kicked myself for not seeing it coming. They even had the camera lingering on the letters getting knocked off earlier!
And the shawarma scene was an absolutely perfect ending.
I'm sure there are more things, but yeah. I liked it, is what I'm saying. It was really good.
My last note is that I think I'm over 3-D. They did a good job with it, but still I spent as much time being distracted by it as I did feeling it was an enhancement, so I think from now on I'll just see the 2-D versions, thankyouverymuch.