Buffy ready

Whedon does what Whedon does.

I would just like to answer my own question from my previous post, and report that yes, indeed, Bruce Banner is played by a new actor in the Whedon Avengers. Banner is played by the young Peter Falk.

The movie was stand-out excellent. By far the best movie in the Marvel collection. The plot didn't once make me roll my eyes (though perhaps the "archery" did), the fight choreography felt like comic book fights in the good way, Loki was loathe-able, Nick Fury kicked ass, and the movie belonged to Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and Tony Stark (you know who). Whedon does well with women & action as usual. Also, his dialog was completely in place. The movie was funny and the audience loved it.

Thumbs up! Might help to watch Thor first, though. I was pleased that Stellan Skarsgård reprised his role.

I hereby predict re-releases of Buffy, Firefly, Serenity, etc, with "from the director of The Avengers" plastered all over them.
Banner is played by the young Peter Falk.

Ahahahaha! I would never have thought of that, but now that you've said it, I totally see it. For me, Ruffalo as Banner/Hulk was the best part of the movie.

KFOG was playing clips from "Wings of Desire" on "Ten At Ten" the other day, and it really made me want to watch that movie again.

I haven't seen any of the prequel movies. Are Black Widow and Hawkeye featured in any of them? They seemed to have the most backstory in "Avengers," and they're the two characters I know the least about.
Widow is in Iron Man 2, but you don't know she's BW for the first half. Hawkeye has like a two minute cameo in Thor, just enough so they could bring him in for Avengers.