Regular readers know about my personal boycott of Marvel Comics and the reasons for it. So it might surprise you all that I've decided to lift my ban, this one time, so that I can review The Avengers movie.
Is it because I'm a big fan off Joss Whedon and don't want to miss the project that - if early reports are accurate - may finally give him the mainstream success and recognition he deserves? No.
Is it because I don't want to miss out on what may be the biggest cultural event for geeks all year? No.
No, it's because I realized that I have a unique opportunity that I don't think any other film critic or comics blogger has at this point.
Having not seen Iron Man 2, Thor or Captain America, I have the ability to view the film objectively as an independent work rather than a continuation of these other films. And given that the first negative review of The Avengers made great play of the fact that the story would be largely inaccessible to those who hadn't seen all the other Marvel movies... well, I feel a need to test that.
So sometime towards the end of this weekend... I will be seeing The Avengers. And for good or ill, I'll be reviewing it here. Mark your calendars. Tell your friends. And be sure to support your local comic book store this Saturday when you're getting your free comics.