AVENGERS, RIGHT. I was going to post an Avengers reaction post beyond just my extensive thoughts about that one line, wasn't I! Well, this evening I saw the film for the second time, so maybe NOW is a good time? OKAY!( Spoilers, of course! )
The other interesting thing, though, is just comparing the two different evenings I went to see this movie. This evening was with my dad, who loves shiny action movies and is perfectly happy for those to be superhero movies but doesn't actually care a whole lot about superheroes so I had to explain a bunch of stuff to him, and the first time was with a group of SUPER NERDY FRIENDS who know way more than me about comics. Both were fun in very different ways!
This evening Dad and I arrived like five minutes before the movie was due to start, and proceeded to laugh with each other and engage in commentary with each other throughout the movie because HOW COULD WE NOT. ~bonding!~
The first time -- well, let me just share with you what I wrote down at the time.
Essie and Russ and the Albertan and I went to see it on opening night, in costume of course. I was Hawkeye, Essie was Loki, Russ was Black Widow, and the Albertan was Iron Man. We all looked pretty fantastic if I do say so myself. :D
When we got to the theatre (like three hours before the movie was due to begin, OF COURSE, because standing in line can be astonishingly fun?) there were only two people there ahead of us in line, and they turned out to be people Essie and I knew back in high school! And they too were in costume -- as Thor and Iron Man. EXCELLENT.
So then we proceeded to just have basically the best time ever, sitting on the floor in the hallway of a movie theatre and geeking out to each other. Essie long ago incepted me into finding it genuinely enjoyable to listen to other people talk about comics, so I had a grand time, because Thor and Iron Man are both well-read and thoughtful when it comes to comics (and other nerdy things).
The conversation was wide-ranging too, of course, so occasionally we veered into subjects I could actually participate in, which was also good times.
Also hilarious was the careful way both sides of the conversation introduced elements of fandom into the conversation to see how far was acceptable/appreciated to talk about. Because one must be careful about talking about such things to people who wouldn't understand. But we went from an oblique reference to the AO3 early on, to me recommending to Thor near the end of the time we were waiting that she read that one really awesome Captain Jack Harkness/Chewbacca fic
So basically the evening would have been worth it just for the standing in line parts of the festivities, never even mind the movie, because GEEKING OUT WITH FELLOW GEEKS. AWESOME!
And then of course there WAS the movie, and we all shut up totally and watched it in deeply focused silence together.
In conclusion -- oh wait, I already had a conclusion, and then I kept talking. /o\ Well, for my SECOND conclusion, there are many ways to enjoy a movie-going experience, valuable for different reasons, and I am very happy I got to see it this second time.
And in a third conclusion, because I MIGHT AS WELL if I am on a roll like this, I don't think Avengers is actually my shiny new fandom? I mean, it's probably clear at this point that I'm moving on from bandom (BANDOM ILU BUT YOU ARE NO LONGER FIRST IN MY HEART), but though I'm happily into Avengers it hasn't ever been that all-consuming adoration that proper fandom-switching results in. I like Avengers a lot, don't get me wrong, and I have lots of feels! AS SHOULD BE OBVIOUS! But frankly I think the only reason I'm so into it right now is because it is the current fandom zeitgeist and I am caught up in everyone's enthusiasm. I haven't at all felt the need to go trawling through page after page of terrible fic to make sure I find all the gems, like I would if this were actually my shiny new fandom. This feels kind of weird for me! I don't usually do fandom in this way; it's usually kind of an all-or-nothing proposition with me and picking up fandoms! I'm curious to see where it goes.