Paramount Pictures has released a trailer for their upcoming release The Avengers which stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth as members of the titular superhero team as they face off against the evil Asgardian god Loki (Tom Hiddleston) as he tries to conquer Earth. Here are five observations about the trailer.
It all comes together.After years of subtle and not so subtle hints, the characters featured in the popular Marvel comic book adaptation film series are finally going to meet and team up. As much fun as it will be to see director Joss Whedon weave together the disparate plots of four different movie franchises, going forward it’ll be especially nice not to see otherwise enjoyable superhero action films get tied down by references to a movie that won’t be out for several years.
It looks a bit like Iron Man 2 ½.With Whedon’s knack for witty repartee and Downey’s Iron Man series being the most successful of all Marvel films, it wouldn’t be surprising to see much of the film focusing of his ultra-charismatic character. Hopefully the film won’t be weighted to heavily in that direction because…
This film will have to familiarize the public with the non-franchise producing Avengers.Scarlett Johansen’s Black Widow served as attractive window dressing in Iron Man 2 but her character wasn’t developed that thoroughly. And Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye has only had about five minutes of screen time (he has a very distracting cameo in Thor) so it’ll be interesting to see if Whedon can balance the film between the established stars and the newbies.
Will the third time be the charm for the Hulk?Will the 2003 and 2008 Hulk films weren’t failures; they weren’t the runaway blockbusters that their franchise mates were. Will Mark Ruffalo’s slightly more stylish Dr. Banner succeed with audiences where the Eric Bana and Ed Norton versions didn’t?
Did you notice anything familiar?That was Cleveland’s own East 9th street getting blown all to hell in that trailer. While our streets are meant to double for New York’s 42nd street, any real Ohioan will recognize a little bit of home in between all that debris in all those lovely slo-mo shots.
The Avengers will be released to Cleveland area cinemas on May 4th, 2012.
Mario blogs regularly at A Polemic Killer Room.