Caught the 5:45 pm showing of Marvel's The Avengers yesterday (Friday) afternoon at the Regal Cinemas 18 at Dole Cannery. While this movie is available as 3-D, the showing I went to was the 2-D version and the theater was sort of packed.

While I am out of touch with current Marvel comic lore and I have seen all of the previous Marvel movies which include Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, I think watching at least the Thor and Iron Man 2 movies before watching this movie would bring anyone not knowning the Marvel Universe up to speed (or that fails bring along someone who does know and have then explain it you afterwards).

The movie is kind of long, 2 hours and 22 minutes according to IMDb but there is a lot of story to pack into it.

It is a superhero genre type of movie, with lots of action, holes of all kinds (including dare I say it plot holes), things that explode, spies by the boat load, aliens, planes, one-liners, sight gags and smashing things up.

There is of course a couple of scenes after the ending credits.