Originally Posted by jmc
Of course it would have done good numbers, the film in and of itself is a great film. It's a also a stand alone movie, you don't need to have seen the previous movies to follow along at all, it's works perfectly with or without the solo films. The repeat business it got had nothing to do with the previous films, it was down to how good the movie was. It may not have generated the level of buzz or the same box office, but it certainly wouldn't have been a failure by any means. TASM numbers easily.
No one would have understood who those characters were. It worked the way it did specifically because of all the build up. If we would not have had the phase 2 movies and just jumped right into Avengers the only people who would be happy and understand what was going on would have been comic book fans...all of 300,000 people.
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