“We’re not a team. We’re a time bomb.” – Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo)
The latest extended trailer for The Avengers debuted today and surprisingly… it wasn’t that bad. Of the three major superhero flicks, including The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man (we don’t talk about Ghost Rider), The Avengers lags behind in overall fan appeal.
So far, the teasers, trailers and stills have centered on the special effects and set pieces. Although geeks the world over, myself included, were initially excited when Firefly hero Joss Whedon took the helm, last year’s Captain America: The First Avengers and Thor stole all of Whedon’s thunder – no thunder god pun intended.
However, this latest trailer focuses on the character dynamics that made The Avengers #1 issue (back when Iron Man still wore a plain gold suit) so good. I still remember sifting through the pages of “Sons of Origins” over and over to savor the story as well as all of Marvel’s core #1 issues.
The trailer shows off some obvious tension between these heroes, especially when Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) walks on the scene. There are also a few great shots of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye. Right now, all of the heroes look amazing in action with the exception of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). It’s not really clear why she’s there. Her expression takes away from the action. If you wanted to argue that the movie needed a female hero, then perhaps you should check your history. I would have preferred seeing the The Wasp, who was actually an original Avenger. Granted her powers aren’t so cool, but I believe Whedon could have made her work.
Also of note is a section of the trailer that seems to show a large audience of people bowing to Loki (Tom Hiddleston). It reminded me of the second volume of the Thor comic book series. Thanks to Loki’s duplicitous actions, Thor becomes worshiped as a real god on Earth. He ended up moving Asgard above New York City so that the earthlings could begin to worship the Asgardians and learn how to live more “divine” lives. Thor ended up with a swelled head and extended his rule of Asgard over Earth, much to the chagrin of the US Government and his fellow Avengers.
Check out the latest Avengers trailer below, and let us know if it’s bolstering your interest in seeing this film over Spidey or Batman.
The Avengers opens in theaters on May 4th, 2012. The film also stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Stellan Skarsgård, and Samuel L. Jackson.Ut oh, looks like a circle-jerk of trouble for Thor, Cap and Iron Man: