Originally Posted by scatterax
not. a bad. thing.
I mean did you see the avengers?
I mean did you see Iron Man 2? The involvement of SHIELD, Nick Fury, and Black Widow may very well have ultimately helped The Avengers' box office, but Iron Man 2 itself (and people's opinions of it) suffered for it. Instead of the 9 or 10 that it could have been, it was probably more of a 7 or 8 for me (I still enjoyed it). Even as a prelude to The Avengers, you want a movie to keep its focus on its principal characters/plotlines and strike a proper balance between the main narrative and what should be fun crossover easter eggs and cameos. I think the rest of the Phase I movies did this well.
For the next three solo sequels, we will see if MS learns from IM2's flaws and is able to strike that better balance. It'll be interesting to see how the events of The Avengers will affect that balance.