Having caved and hit a late night showing with my wife and some old comic book afficionado friends this weekend, I have to agree with most of Zahn's assessment of Marvel's "The Avengers." I'm not particularly a fan of the genre, but as far as superhero flicks go, especially in the worldview department, this one deserves some praise.
"But upon that typical story skeleton, Whedon weaves a tale of clashing personalities, rivalries, hidden agendas and rearranged priorities. This band of superhero misfits don’t merely rally together around saving the world, but spend as much time fighting one another as they do the bad guys. Gracing these conflicts is a clever script and an impeccable sense of comedic timing that turns a stale storyline into an intriguing and often hilarious action flick that’s also surprisingly family friendly."