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February 29, 2012

‘Avengers’ trailer: A call to arms for Marvel’s muscle

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Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, left, Chris Evans as Captain America and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in "The Avengers." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

Clark Gregg plays Agent Phil Coulson, left, and Chris Hemsworth plays Thor in "The Avengers." (Zade Rosenthal / Disney)

Samuel L. Jackson plays Nick Fury in "The Avengers." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers (a.k.a. Captain America) in "The Avengers." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

Chris Hemsworth plays Thor, left, and Chris Evans plays Captain America in "The Avengers." (Marvel Studios)

Chris Hemsworth plays Thor, left, and Chris Evans plays Captain America in "The Avengers." (Zade Rosenthal / Disney)

Scarlett Johansson plays Black Widow, left, and Jeremy Renner plays Hawkeye in "The Avengers." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

Robert Downey Jr., Joss Whedon, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans on "The Avengers" set. (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

Director Joss Whedon, left, on "The Avengers" set with Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson. (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

A new trailer for “The Avengers” is out, revealing more explosions, high-flying villains and a call-to-arms for Marvel’s wonder-team of superheroes.

“The Avengers,” directed by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon, assembles Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk (each of whom found some measure of success with his own summer blockbuster in recent years) and adds a few more comics pages stars — Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury — who have made appearances in Marvel films but have yet to enjoy headlining their own big-screen adaptations.

The new trailer begins with an “Inception”-like bass drone and views of a devastated city being fire-bombed as Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) delivers a dramatic voice-over: “War has started. And we are hopelessly outgunned.” Then, one by one, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) are recruited to join the Avengers. Some inter-team conflict is teased at with an all-out fistfight between a suited-up Tony Stark and Thor, who later in the trailer jumps on a fighter jet in flight.

The trailer also provides a closer look at the newer faces. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), who had a brief cameo in “Thor,” whips arrows at the enemy as he seemingly falls from a building. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) shows off the menacing acrobatics that caught Tony Stark’s eye when she made her big-screen debut in “Iron Man 2.” And fans finally get a peek at Ruffalo’s performance as Bruce Banner; at one point, the Hulk slings himself through the air to catch a falling Iron Man and hurtles down along the side of a skyscraper.

Tom Hiddleston reprises his “Thor” role as the film’s villain Loki, seemingly taunting Fury’s efforts with the words, “How desperate are you that you call on such lost creatures to defend you?” And his fleet of flying motorcycle-machines (revealed in the Super Bowl teaser trailer) are now accompanied by something that looks like a monolithic millipede.

The trailer premieres the day after the new poster, in the gallery above, was released. The film is slated to open in theaters May 4.

– Noelene Clark

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