Let’s face it. We all knew this was going to happen. There was almost no way that The Avengers wasn’t going to be released in 3D. Think of the opportunities: Hawkeye’s arrow soaring right at you...in 3D. Bruce Banner’s rage transforming him into the monstrous, gigantic Hulk...in 3D. Tony Stark saying something marginally sexist...in 3D! The film was made for 3D.
On the other hand, the film was not made for 3D. I mean this literally: The Avengers was shot in 2D, but will be post-converted to 3D for theatrical release. This is a practice with which a lot of the viewing public has taken issue. There is a noticeable difference between the quality of a movie shot in 3D—or, at the very least, a movie shot in 2D but given ample time for properly convert the footage—than to that shot in 2D and converted speedily, as will be the process undertaken by The Avengers. Just yesterday, we lamented J.J. Abrams’ decision to post-convert his Star Trek 2 footage, but at least Abrams is taking his time with the conversion process (I might have been a bit too harsh with you yesterday, Abrams; I realize that now).
Of course, griping about it is a silly decision either way. We will still have the option to see the film in its natural 2D. But I guess its just the Marvel hero in each of us that hates to see innocent moviegoers bamboozled into watching an inadequately three-dimensional film. ...Maybe we should make our own movie...