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Overall, liked it a lot, but I thought it was way too short for the size and power of its cast of characters. There isn't anything I would want taken out of the movie (though perhaps moved or altered), and yet there's so much more I wanted to be in it. So I came away feeling a little disappointed but also loving every moment of it.

THINGS I LOVED:
- NATASHA'S BADASSERY.
- COULSON'S EXISTENCE.
- TONY'S ARMOR-DISMANTLING RUNWAY.
- LOKI'S DELIGHT.
- BROTHERFEELS. A+++
- LAB BROS.
- THAT SINGLE LINE ABOUT HOWARD.
- STEVE'S FRUSTRATION AND DISPLACEMENT OF ANGER.
- EVERY ONE OF RDJ'S SUBTLE ACTING DECISIONS.
- TONY'S EMOTIONAL WALLS.
- HULK BEING THOROUGHLY AMAZING.
- HULK PUNCHING THOR.
- TONY'S "WE'RE NOT SOLDIERS!"
- CLINT AND 'TASHA'S BROMANCE.
- CLINT'S GLISTENING ARMS.
- TONY'S SUIT ENVELOPING HIM IN MID-AIR.
- THE FAST-PACED WAY JOSS DIRECTS BATTLES.
- HOW NEITHER STEVE NOR TONY THINKS TONY IS THE TYPE TO MAKE THAT SACRIFICE BUT HE DOES, HE DOES.
- THE ENTIRE TONY + MISSLE + PORTAL + FALLING BIT.
- HULK CATCHING TONY.
- STEVE'S MOTORBIKE.
- TONY & PEPPER.
- SHAWARMAS.

THINGS I WISH HAD BEEN INCLUDED:
- More Coulson badassery.
- On that topic, I totally called it that Coulson would die and that his death would be used as a rallying point to unite the Avengers, but I had hoped that all the Avengers, not just Tony and Steve, would react to his death, and that it would happen much later in the movie. Like after he had actually exchanged dialogue with every character.
- More Clint snark. I don't know if the influence of Ults had anything to do with it, but I felt that his personality did not come through in this movie. I think it was a mistake to have him become mind-controlled so early in the movie, basically for the whole of the time the Avengers see solo action, especially since he never had his own movie, because people don't know how Clint is and this makes him "that mind-controlled guy." But yes. I missed the snark.
- More Lokifeels.
- More Bannerfeels. Everyone I talk to seems to have loved him in this movie. I did like how he was done; I just needed more. The relationship between Bruce and the Hulk was one of the things I was most looking forward to, and like everything else in this movie, it was sort of skimped over.
- More Loki competence because after the first scene, he is repeatedly foiled by the Avengers and ceases to be a clear threat by himself and instead becomes a mere catalyst to the real threat: the Chitauri. Which isn't to say he isn't successful in a lot of his endeavors, but he's a threat in a much more roundabout way and it constantly being defeated when facing the Avengers one-on-one, which makes it hard to fear him as the supervillain or to believe in the threat that he poses.
- A plot resolution that was not a deus ex machina but was instead a brilliant plan that utilized the individual skill sets of each Avenger such that it was a solution that only they could have come up with.
- More bromance, but I think the sequel may cover that now that the Avengers are all friends.
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