By Graham "GSM" Matthews
As always, please keep in mind while reading that this review is being written by strictly a casual fan. I'm basing this review solely off the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the movies that I've seen (essentially all of them with the exception of the Thor series), not the comics. I know some of what the comics entail from what I've been told by a friend of mine, but other than that, I'm hardly knowledgeable when it comes to the comics. Now, all that being said, on to the official review!
The first Avengers was among my top three favorite films of 2012 along with The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall (what a great year for movies). It's funny because before seeing it, I really wasn't into the Marvel Cinematic Universe at all. Hell, I don't think I even knew it existed. I went to go see the movie merely because I thought it looked awesome, and sure enough, it superseded my expectations; it was epic. It was at that point I started following the storylines a bit more closely and watching each of the movies (Captain America, Iron Man, etc.) with more purpose and knowledge of where they were leading.