Took maegwynn to see The Avengers Friday afternoon. When a movie is nearly 2 1/2 hours and you don't feel an urge to check your watch at any point during, that's a good sign. Some really nice work overall and one of the best of the current run of superheroes films. Strongly recommended.
While most of the cast does a great job I wanted to mention my opinion of especially good work from Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Tom Ruffalo as Bruce Banner. Nice touch bringing Lou Ferrigno in as voice actor for the Hulk, and Ruffalo actually getting to play the Hulk using motion-capture tech. Lots more Nick Fury than the previous films.
Whedon has a number of things he likes putting into a movie and several of those are in here. I didn't find them terribly annoying and I was looking for them.
Comments are welcome to include spoilers so read with caution.
Hint: there is a post-closing credits final scene to stay for, especially if you're a Marvel comics reader.
* Spider-Man - The new origin movie. Has a really big version of The Lizard. 3 July.
* Prometheus - 8 June.
* Dark Knight Rises - 20 July.
* Brave - 22 June.