Avengers – Release Date: 5/4
The Good: Pretty much everything. Not only was Marvel's Avengers action-packed, funny, and amazingly well-casted, but it made more money than just about any movie ever. After almost five years of build-up to the film, Marvel Studios had a lot of expectations to live up to, and they delivered. The question on everybody's minds now is: what next?
The Bad: Not much. Avengers was a straight-up popcorn flick, but it was an incredibly well-executed one. If you want to nitpick, it wasn't as cerebral as it could've been, and maybe the exposition was a little clunky, but none of that's a deal-breaker.
The Verdict: Come December 2012, one can imagine a lot of folks will be calling this one the movie of the year.