I have to say that I am pretty much in agreement - to a point. But since the pre-production of IM2 I think some very structured planning has taken place - including allocating years to dates. Simply because there are enough references to passages of time. We know that IM2 takes place about 6 months after IM because it says tells us at the beginning after the credit sequence. Also, interestingly enough, there has been references that suggest The Avengers takes place some two years after the previous films. If this is true it would kind of support both are arguments. Yours, because that would make the film set in 2012 (the films release year) and mine, because that would make the previous films taking place in 2010.