Reflecting on the Avengers a couple of weeks after viewing, here are the downsides:
- Plot is quite contrived, but then again, it's based on a superhero comic, so what do you expect?
- Middle is quite weak because it's mostly talk-talk-talk. (You can tell because the kids in the theater start fidgeting and whining.)
- The invading aliens never really convey a sense of menace (yeah, even though they destroy half of New York City.)
And the upside: Hulk! Easily the best part of the movie, especially with the Loki beatdown.