I was able to enjoy it as a stand-alone movie. I know a lot of people are saying "What about the other Avengers? What about Shield?" I thought about it, but it didn't bother me that much. I wanted to see how Tony was going to use his wits to handle this seemingly unbeatable bad guy.
I think this will be a problem for all future Marvel movies. The Avengers set the bar sooo high, that expectations are crazy.
My favorite thing in this episode was Joffrey planning to ride out to meet Stannis when he arrives and give him a red smile from ear to ear. Joffrey wants to turn Stannis into the Joker. I'll say one thing for King Joffrey, the kid has swagger.