No superhero movie can work if it appeals only to ComicCon fanboy types. It has do that deep-theme, double-intelligent, heavy-lifting thing (like Captain America did) to attract skeptics and haters like myself. I don’t see this happening with Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers (Disney/Marvel, 5.4.12) because Whedon is an unregenerate, comic-book-worshipping, fanboy-servicing journeyman — not an art-visionary director like Cameron or Fincher or Del Toro, strictly a fantasy-realm clock puncher.

And after all the X-Men movies, who wants to slog it out with another superhero ensemble piece?