The film The Avengers is doing boffo box office, breaking all kinds of records. I have not seen it. I am not a fan of action films in general and did not grow up in Sri Lanka reading any of the superhero comics that were popular in the US, so the characters do not resonate with me.
I did, however, watch the TV series The Incredible Hulk when I came to the US for graduate school and found it to be campy fun. I was always puzzled that although David Banner’s clothes got ripped apart when he became angry and The Hulk, when he calmed down and became Banner again, he always seemed to be able to find a new set of clothes that fit him. They never explained that.
I had not planned to see The Avengers at all but it has received quite good reviews as a film, not just for its action, and so will likely see it when it comes out on DVD.
But there are other superheroes out there, doing equally amazing things. That Mitchell and Webb Look has episodes involving a lesser-known crime-fighting duo Angel Summoner and BMX Bandit. They explore the tensions inherent in superhero teams when the powers are unequal.