The Avengers definetly turned out to be what it was anticipated from great story line, acting, characters, action and a little bit of comedy relief too. It definetly lived up to the "hype" and surpassed my expectations by a long shot. I expected it to be overly cheesy and it would have that cartoon feel to it, but it didn't at all. Robert Downy Jr reprising the role as Iron Man once again did a fantastic job with his comedic relief and acting and was definetly the best actor in the movie. Scarlett johannsen potraying her role as the Black Widow did an ok job, but I found I was looking at her butt in those tight pants more than I was admiring her acting performance. Chris Hemsworth did a great job acting as Thor, but he looked like he stopped going to the gym and looked like he lost 50 lbs of muscle. shouldn't you be in tip top shape if your facing your brother Loki and his army? One guy who really impressed me was Mark Ruffalo playing the Hulk, because he just always seemed like he was a ticking time bomb like he is in the comics and I think he did a better job than Edward Norton. I feel like Edward Norton is the best actor ever, but he seemed too good to play that role and he over acted which I didn't think he had to like come on he's just an angry green guy.
The Dark Knight Rises is going to be a masterpiece, but it's not going to attract kids who mostly love superheroes because I have a feeling it's going to be very violent, dark and angry, but can you blame the guy? his parents were killed, his mansion was burnt down and the love of his life was killed. At the same time I know I would enjoy the theater experience more than I did when I saw The Avengers, because I had a little kid sit next to me who complained the whole time and caused a distraction. I am going to like the emotion and everything put into this movie, because I feel Christopher Nolan wants to add onto his legacy of doing an an excellent job reviving the Batman series from Joel Schumacher destryoing it. This is the last movie in this series so i'm sure Christopher Nolan wants to go out with a bang.
II feel both these movies are going to be extremely successful in the box office and will end will end up bringing in around the same amount of money. I know some DC fans that are just DC fans that will see nothing but DC and the same with Marvel fans, but some people like myself will want to see both.