questionswhat movies should i see before avengers ?

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I loved both Thor and Captain America...can't vouch for the others though

oh I totally misread...you already saw those doh. (I think you listed all the main people...thor, iron man, hulk, captain america...and yes black widow will be in it, she was in iron man)

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Green Lantern has no relation to the Avengers, and there were no movies made specifically for the Black Widow or Hawkeye (who is the arrow guy)... they just played small parts in other movies....

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I totally just did the 14 hour marathon. Watch them all. You'll catch more if all the other movies are fresh in your memory...

And Green Lantern is DC Comics, not Marvel. He's like Batman, not like Iron Man.

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Netflix currently has The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (animated). It details the forming of the group and provides background for those involved. I highly recommend it.
It's free to stream by the way.

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I would say all of them.
I have been watching them all myself leading up to going to see Avengers Sunday in IMAX.
So far I've watched Captain America, Thor, and Incredible Hulk. Plan on watching both Ironman movies tomorrow.
Hawkeye is introduced in Thor. Black Widow in Ironman 2.

Green Lantern is DC, not Marvel. Not involved with this (plus it's a horrible movie anyway)

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Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead. It has nothing to do with the Avengers saga, but it is a great movie that you should watch.

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@wickedd365: I thought parts of Green Lantern were funny. (But then again, I checked the DVD out from my public library, so I didn't pay anything to see it.)

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@rayray8822: On a side note, my wife and I got halfway through The Green Hornet when she asked "When's Ryan Reynolds show up?"

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Get a 2 week trial (free) to Epix if you have a streaming device and watch Iron Man 1 and 2, Thor and Captain America. Don't recall if they have Hulk.

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Of all of them, I'd say "The Incredbile Hulk" is the least essential to watch before seeing "The Avengers." While I enjoyed it, I doubt it has much bearing on "The Avengers," especially since they replaced Edward Norton with Mark Ruffalo.

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@dergage: Agree, Green Flash in a Pan is Justice League material.

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All of them except for Green Lantern, since it's not related at all. I'd skip the Eric Bana Incredible Hulk, since it was pretty bad. The director tried to make it too artsy. The Ed Norton one was cool.

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Slap Shot, maybe one of the funniest movies ever

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How vital is it to see all of these?

I haven't seen Thor or Captain America yet, they're not available on streaming with Netflix or Amazon, and I don't have enough time to get them on Netflix before Sunday, when I'm planning to see The Avengers.

I suppose I could try to get them at BlockBuster, but I would really rather not, since I'm already paying for the subscription services, and I'd have to actually leave the house.

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@swaan: I would try to at least see Thor if I were you. Also, really, it couldn't hurt to see Captain America either.

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@swaan: Watched the 14 hour marathon Thursday, got home at 4am this morning. Captain America is the least important to watch as far as continuity, since it is set in the 40s. But if you are not familiar with these characters (which your question about Green Lantern being an Avenger suggests you are not) Captain America is as important to watch as the others because then you will come to the Avengers with a full understanding of who each of the characters are and what motivates them. Since the Avengers does a surprisingly good job of letting each of the characters have their moments and builds on the character development in the individual movies, it really does make the experience richer to have seen the films leading up to it.

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I think you should definitely see Star Wars. And maybe the Smurfs movie.

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Thor gives the backstory of Loki, who is the main villain in this movie. It would be best to see Thor before you see Avengers.
I saw The Avengers yesterday, by the way. Absolutely fantastic movie, thumbs way up. Make sure you stay until the END of the credits!