The Avengers trailer: kick ass or predictable video game?

During last night’s Superbowl we were treated to a teaser trailer for the upcoming Avengers movie, featuring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Samuel L. Jackson. This is the second trailer for the much-anticipated superhero film, which is out on May 4th. The first trailer made the move look more like a clusterf*ck than a coordinated Justice League. (I’m aware that they’re different comics/superheroes.)

They seem to have nailed down the plot in order to come with this more cohesive trailer featuring more scenes of crap getting blown up. This trailer makes the film look more interesting than it did before, but it also has a unreal video game feel that seems all too familiar and overdone. How many movies have we seen with cars exploding and rolling down the street in a wave?

Some thoughts:
They’re very cleverly focusing on all the key parts of the film: the special effects, the individual superheroes played by well known actors, their work as a team, and the pithy one-liners. My favorite part is at :50 when Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is told by baddie Loki (Tom Hiddleston) that “We have an army” and he quips “We have a Hulk.” We then get to see Mark Ruffalo flying through the air as the most badass Hulk I’ve ever seen. Scarlet Johannson is sexy as Black Widow in that tight catsuit, but I like how they’re balancing out the talent in the film and not trying to push her as the star.

The Avengers could be a huge moneymaker for Disney and Marvel or it could be a spectacular flop. Rumor has it that it cost over $250 million to make. Look at what happened with Green Lantern. Warner Brothers really took a bath on that one. Superhero films are no longer the safest bet.

There’s news that Andrew Garfield as Spiderman is going to make a cameo as cross promotion for the new Spidey film, out this July. Can they make the movie work with this many stars? We’ll see.

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  1. GoodCapon says:

    CB, could you at least include Tom Hiddleston’s name somewhere up there and not just as “the baddie”? My poor baby doesn’t get much love at all 🙁

    Jeremy Renner is hot. Yeah he’s not the most handsome but those arms… rawr!!

  2. QQ says:

    Woooo i came a little…. And drooled

  3. M3l says:

    I loved it but I’m a comic geek. As is Joss Whedon. Fanboys and girls have a lot of faith him, his one of our own and I believe he will bring us an awesome movie.

    Australia is getting it 2 weeks before the US and the UK a few days after us. Maybe to drum up interest? Thor opened here first and did rather well.

  4. carrie says:

    it looks fake and very video games(it’s more a teaser): in clear i liked the first trailer because of the badass score

  5. Eve says:

    We then get to see Mark Ruffalo flying through the air as the most badass Hulk I’ve ever seen.


  6. fingerbinger says:

    Rober Downey Jr. looks really handsome here and he gives good hair.

    • pinns says:

      Arf!! 🙂

      Plus, he looks very sexy in his Black Sabbath T shirt! In my dreams, Robert chose the T, not the stylist….

  7. T.C. says:

    Every one looks great EXCEPT for Scarlet Johannson. Who is going to kill with that tiny toy gun. So embarrassing, so lame. Way to make it obvious that she’s nothing but the eye candy.

  8. whatthehell456 says:


  9. Asli says:

    I haven’t seen any of the movies previous to this but I think I want to see this. The guys are HOT!

    Note: I think I was reluctant to see them because my ASkars (Alexander Skarsgård) lost out on Thor to Chris. I think I’ve been subconsciously trying to avoid watching any of these films afterwards 😛

  10. serena says:

    Sounds awesome.

  11. tracey8051 says:

    Be careful you don’t bring the wrath of the Whedonites down on yourself there…… 🙂

    I think it looks amazing, but I will watch absolutely anything Whedon. I’m just disappointed they didn’t include Captain Hammer (the hammer is my p***s) in the movie. Would have been awesome!!!!

  12. SCREEEE says:

    The movie is not only directed, but WRITTEN by Joss Whedon. It’ll work. And the box office will be pretty spectacular I think.

    Whedon denied the Spiderman cameo, though.

  13. liv says:

    love it! love joss! love chris evans!

  14. nooooooo... says:

    I will watch it because I will watch anything Joss has a hand in, but I am sulky that Scarlett Johansson’s mopey presence will be in it. Maybe Joss can drag something good out of her in terms of acting…sigh.