A lot of fans have been so caught up with the idea of just seeing Marvel Studio's The Avengers that any questions about the format of the film have been a distant second to excitement and anticipation. After both Thor and Captain America were post-converted into the 3D films, there were some rumblings that The Avengers would be 3D as well - and today we know if that speculation was on point or not.
A Disney press release has confirmed that The Avengers will indeed be released in 3D as well as 2D. Since we know that Avengers was NOT filmed in 3D, this will mean that film will follow its 2011 lead-ins by being converted into the format during post-production.
We recently learned that Star Trek 2 will be post-converted to 3D as well, and our opinion on that news pretty much carries over to this latest situation: When planned for and handled with meticulous care, post-conversion 3D isn't all that bad (see: Harry Potter Deathly Hallows: Part 2). Then again, no amount of planning or care with post-conversion 3D can equal the splendor of movies actually filmed in the format (See: Avatar, Transformers 3).
In this case, there's no way to really tell how well (if it all) director Joss Whedon planned his shoot of The Avengers around the 3D format. After all the great work that Marvel has put into building to this epic event, it'd be a shame if some lackluster 3D set it on a level of comparison with tripe like Clash of the Titans or Green Lantern - both of which boasted some truly terrible 3D conversions.
For our money, seeing The Avengers in 2D would be thrilling enough. How about you?
The Avengers assemble in theaters (2D and 3D) on May 4, 2012.