I will apologize in advance because this will probably be a somewhat lengthy post. With that out of the way, I am looking for some guidance/advice on where I should try to jump back into the Marvel universe.
First a bit of history: I read comics quite a bit in my late grade-school through middle school years. I was primarily a Spiderman fan and read all of the books of that era (Amazing, Web, Spectacular, and Spiderman). I jumped on the Spidey express right around the time Erik Larsen started drawing Amazing and I stopped reading sometime during the Maximum Carnage cross-over event. I also read some Captain America and X-Men during this time, but I focused primarily on Spiderman.
I got back into comics over the past few years but have been mostly reading DC stuff. I enjoy Green Lantern, Justice League, and Flash primarily. I have really enjoyed the Marvel films, however, and that has sort of prompted me to want to try to get back into Marvel stuff. Visiting my local comic shop and bookstore I see that Marvel has their "Now" line which seems like it would be a good spot to jump aboard. I think I am interested in the Avengers and Iron-man primarily but wanted to ask those more knowledgeable than I which series are worth looking into and which I should avoid. I have been considering the initial hardback trades for Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, and Iron-man. Also, is the Avengers vs. X-men event worth picking up in trade format?
Thanks in advance!