The Avengers trailer arrives
The Avengers trailer has arrived, a film starring some of the biggest superhero characters we've seen, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and some that we haven't seen on their own yet, Hawkeye and Black Widow. We're missing a few names I think, but it is only the first film, and we can't let budgets get too far away from us can we?
So what does The Avengers promise? Well it seems that Loki is back from Thor and despite the fact that Thor could handle him just with his mates Loki looks like he's angling to take over the Earth and perhaps even destroy it, no doubt in some fiendish way, and with the help of some other Marvel bad guy.
The Avengers does look like a lot of fun and seeing all these actors and characters together could be a real blast, apart from Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man we have Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Stellan Skarsgård as Professor Erik Selvig, Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson and Tom Hiddleston as Loki.
Oh, there's also Paul Bettany and Lou Ferrigno doing voiceovers, Bettany for Jarvis the voice of the computer in Iron Man's suit, and Ferrigno as the Hulk. Nice one.
So a great cast of characters with a script from Zak Penn and Joss Whedon who has directed this mammoth ensemble film, what could possibly go wrong? Hopefully nothing, but I'm not blown away by the trailer.
It does set-up the beginnings of a story, but it's more positioning what The Avengers are, why they are, and who they are more than anything. Although the hints are that Loki is the bad guy I just don't see him being tough enough to destroy the Earth and so that's where we come to the stories of who the baddie will be, for as far as I know Loki uses that green cube of destruction from the Thor film to get someone else on his side, someone who can destroy everything in his path, or a race of someones.
I'm really not sure if we have gotten to the bottom of who the bad guy will be in the film that's causing all the destruction in the trailer, but I hope it doesn't turn out to be some kind of baddie that we just can't get a handle on, like Galactica.
I don't think the studio or Whedon will make that mistake, but the trailer isn't selling me on the film at all, it's too light, offers too little, and runs like a Fantastic Four trailer. Mind you what else can it do? It has to introduce all the characters to an audience assuming that they may not know some of them, and the film may have to do that too even though we've had Iron Man (Filmstalker review), Captain America, Thor (Filmstalker review), The Incredible Hulk (Filmstalker review) all introduced in their own films.
Here's another mess of a blurb from Apple Trailers:
Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures "Marvel's The Avengers"--the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, "Marvel's The Avengers" is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series "The Avengers," first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when "Marvel's The Avengers" assemble in summer 2012. In "Marvel's The Avengers," superheroes team up to pull the world back from the brink of disaster when an unexpected enemy threatens global security.
Even that doesn't give us much.
You can see the trailer over at Apple Trailers in high definition or right here: