I was never much of an Avengers reader either so I’m not very well versed in those characters’ lore, just got to read many random Avengers and West Coast Avengers when I was younger which is why I know who they are, but don’t know much beyond that.
But yeah I get your point… that’s what I meant when I say I understand why people would feel… I guess “underwhelmed” is the term here… by getting a new status quo with the lesser known actors AND characters.
However, I don’t know, on one hand maybe people felt underwhelmed by it, but on the other hand Guardians came in hot with a no-list roster of characters, and people ate them up without a problem. And with all the talk everywhere about the Avengers movies, it’s also possible people already know that the big stars will come back during the Infinity War movies, so at most we should have only one movie with the new team (besides CW, but we don’t know how much they’ll all appear in it beyond a cameo or small scene).
The one thing that might have put people off is how quickly RDJ went “I’m out” at the end without much explanation or set-up… it kinda just happened (and worse for people who saw IM3 as well, because it was almost the same ending for Tony, except it was better built in IM3 obviously). Same for Thor & Hulk up to some extent, but at least Thor’s getting another movie soon. But for sure that ending felt a bit like rushed goodbye which is not necessarily the best way to close a movie like that.
They really could’ve used more character-time and less robot-drone destruction on this one… considering that we already got the drone destruction thing in the first movie, and I’m pretty sure that at this point people want to see the characters interact with each other more than fight the villain of the week. I guess more of a “Bendis approach” is what I’m saying =P