Recently, Marvel decided to get everybody even more excited about the upcoming film based on The Avengers, in theaters May 4, 2012. To wet all of our appetites, they’ve released a thrilling new trailer. Adding the 2 minutes and 24 seconds of this one to the run times of Iron Man 2, Thor, and [amazon_link id=”B005IZLPMY” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Captain America: The First Avenger[/amazon_link], we currently stand at about 365 minutes worth of trailers for The Avengers! I kid because I love.
Anyway, the trailer itself is almost too good to be true. It’s full of explosions, shirtless green men, CGI, and a large helping of Robert Downey Jr.’s usual smugness. All of the actors from the previous films are back, and the trailer does little to tell us which one will actually be the main character.
Personally, I think the trailer might contain almost every scene Iron Man will be in, but if I had to guess, we will most likely see a whole lot of the Captain and Hawkeye and much less Hulk and Iron Man. I have nothing against Hawkeye, but there is probably a good chance that he or the Cap gets the lion’s share of the camera time because of their cheap costumes and lack of CGI. Thor and Black Widow will be used to appeal to the fans of whichever gender is missing some eye candy in any given scene. Not a bad thing at all.
Finally, the trailer pretty much confirms that Loki is our main villain, and he will likely use giant robots or other Viking shenanigans to avoid being killed by one Hulk punch. Tom Hiddleston was a good villain in [amazon_link id=”B0034G4P8A” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Thor[/amazon_link], but he is going to have to crank the charisma into maximum overdrive in order to compete with a whole squad of likeable heroes. Expect a ton of giant robots and random henchmen getting destroyed by the time this movie is over. I assume Loki has some dastardly plans in mind for taking control of the Hulk, which would make for a much better film overall. It would actually provide an interesting threat for our heroes that Loki can’t really generate by himself.
Overall, the trailer makes the film look like it’s going to rock. This film is what Marvel has been building up to all of these years. From a business sense, it’s a work of genius. The Avengers required Marvel to cash in on at least three films introducing our heroes. The Avengers stars a coalition of extremely handsome men and a strong female hero that we haven’t seen in some time. There will be plenty here for both the boys and the girls, but time will tell if The Avengers truly does pay off for Marvel Studios.
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