No, they won´t prepare you for that at drama school! :)
(I did a selection, sorry. And I am sparing you in case you haven´t seen it yet)
Captain America: The First Avenger
It was not my first experience with comic films. Superman and Spiderman films, remember those?
The Marvel related squee on forums: did not ring a bell. However I did read the Iron Man comics as a kid when visiting relatives. Those had a moral: do good and meet good, be bad, be squashed.
Found out that the Captain America comics were some 70 years old and that there´s about 50 stories.
Read the odd reviews.
With that in mind I came to the cinema.
Two things I didn´t quite get.
UPDATE: This was explained somewhat by RA talking about his character Heinz Kruger in this clip:
"I really tried not to see him as the bad guy"
On the work of the special effects arts department guys:
"It´s 60% of the work in kind of stimulating your imagination"
Tip: stay until the end: you will see a short trailer of The Avengers.