Imagine the following scenario: It's 2022. Video stores have resurrected themselves somehow and a twelve year old kid is browsing the Action section for a good Friday night movie. He comes across The Avengers and gives it a rental. In between orgasms of awesomeness, he is scratching his head in confusion. "Did I miss something? Who are these characters? How do they connect? What is SHIELD? How'd he get that suit?"
So he goes back to the store and looks up Thor. He watches it and is even more confused than he was before. So he rents Captain America. Then he has to rent Incredible Hulk. And the Iron Mans. Get my point?
Don't get me wrong, I'm hyped for The Avengers. I just think it can only be experienced NOW. These movies are pretty much impossible to hold up because you have to see the other films just for one to leave an impression.
Again, I don't for one second believe that this movie's gonna blow. Though I am upset that the horrible miscast Hulk film was for naught as he was recast for this movie. While making several films as an experience is a cool idea, it dates your movie considerably. And given that only one of these precursors has actually been good,(Still haven't seen CapAm) it only makes it all the more frustrating. I've said it before and I'll say it again: All this hype better be worth it.