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

Feb. 29, 2012 | 1:10 p.m.

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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Comments


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

  1. Guido Merkens says:

    For whatever reason Marvel brass decided to push Loki as the villain on this one, though he's more of a Thor villain rather than a true Avengers villain. He always struck me as relatively lightweight and this movie demanded a truly nasty baddie such as Ultron or Kang. Comic writers have always remarked how difficult super-team books are to write and if this trailer is an indication, super-team movies are no easier. It looks scattered and unfocused. So many movies go for the world-ending threat yet ironically it never feels like there is any tangible danger (for a recent example of this, see Tron: Legacy). Guess we'll know for sure in a few months.

    • Rich says:

      Loki was the villian that brought the Avengers together in the comics.

    • civilian80 says:

      Loki was the first villain in Avengers #1 dude they are just following the source material.

    • Rav the Barbarian says:

      Loki was the villain in the first Avengers comics back in the 1960s. Added to his recognition from the recent Thor film I can understand why he was chosen. However, I agree that a different villain would have been interesting.

    • Michael says:

      Marvel is going with Loki for the Avengers First Villain because he was the first villain in the Comics. He's the one that Inadvertently brought them together.

    • Guest says:

      Of course it looks scattered and unfocused. IT'S A TRAILER!!!

      Watch Inception's trailer and tell me if you would have any idea whatsoever what the plot was really about or who these characters are- before you saw the movie.

    • BriB says:

      Loki was the villain in Avengers #1.

    • Dr. Speed says:

      Guido, Loki IS the reason The Mighty Avengers first assembled back in the 60's. Loki bewitched the Hulk to vex Thor. The other heroes joined up to meet the challenge of the Rampaging Hulk.
      Ultron, Kang. and Thanos will be along in Avengers 2, Avengers 3, and Avengers 4.

    • Actually I'm pretty sure Loki was the villain in the first Avengers comic published in 1963 and he is always tracking Thor for one reason or another. I think he will be pretty bad a$$ in this movie but like you said we will see in May.

    • Guido Merkens says:

      You'd think I'd have remembered Loki was in Avengers #1 considering I've read it several times and own the Avengers Essential collection #1. The fact I forgot this speaks to my point — he's unmemorable as an Avengers villain. That said, can't fault Marvel for following the comics. Wish they'd done more of that on some of there other movies…

    • Max says:

      Loki is actually the first villain which the Avengers ever fought and was responsible for them forming. While originally a Thor Villain, he is one of Marvel's most dangerous foes due to his sorcery and cunning. Also, the monster at the end of the trailer – I think that that is either Fin Fan Foom or the Midgard Serpent

      So looking forward to the movie

  2. comicsagogo says:

    Ah. More action. Thank goodness. We are afraid that slappy-hands infighting might take up an unnecessary portion of this film but the two-ton power punches appear to be prevalent. We're really looking forward to the latest iteration of The Hulk and the trailer shows promise that we won't be disappointed. We doubt that there will be an appearance by Damage Control which is too bad. It appears the collateral destruction will be rampant. http://comicsagogo.com/2012/01/15/marvel-damage-c

  3. chef says:

    captain america's costume looks lame

    • Rav the Barbarian says:

      Totally agree. They got it right for the Cap movie and messed it up for the Avengers. His helmet mask works in the cap movie but the pull over face mask doesn't work outside of the comics.

  4. guest says:

    guido, sorry to be comic book nerd, but Loki was the viliian way back in Avengers #1

  5. Hbrother says:

    more about real Scarlett by typing Scarlett Johansson clone in Google search bar and you would see much more then in The Island movie..

  6. RonnieConnelly says:

    The trailer has renewed my hope, but it also demonstrates that the lineup is inconsistent: http://www.cinemabums.com/?p=152

  7. Gerald P. says:

    The "monolithic millipede" may in fact be the Midgard Serpent, Jörmungandr from Norse mythology and the arch-nemesis of Thor. If Loki has both aliens (i.e., Skrulls) and Asgardian (or in this case Midgardian) resources at his disposal, then the entire Avengers (needs to) Assemble!

    Just my 2-cents.

  8. earl says:

    Loki was the original reason that the Avengers got together in the comics. He is just as much a true Avengers villian as the others. However, if they do a second movie, I'd like to see Ultron!

  9. Hbrother says:

    look for more about real Scarlett by typing Scarlett Johansson clone in Google search bar and you would see much more then in The Island movie..

  10. Chris says:

    The new trailer shows the millions Marvel has spent on FX and blowing up Cleveland (aka NYC) and lots of action. But it looks like so many other summer blockbusters that I'm getting a little worried. Other than the repartee in the earlier trailer between Loki and Tony Stark ("I have an army." … "We have a Hulk.") I don't see the clever Joss Whedon characterization, smart dialogue and plot twists that he ought to be bringing to this movie. I cringe when I hear Nick Fury/Sam Jackson say "…we are hopelessly outgunned." Surely Joss can come up with something better than that. Even cornball Stan wrote better stuff for the comics. But as someone said in an earlier comment, it's just a trailer. I hope Joss is able to overcome the big budget, the studio pressure, the bottom liners and the creativity killers and make what may not be original but at least is fun, exciting and a little sassy.

  11. Jeff says:

    Loki was the 1st Avengers foe and brought the team together in the first place Guido. He's far from a lightweight and ranks up there with Dr. Doom and Magneto in terms of top Marvel bad guys. Ultron was the creation of Henry Pym, who is not in this movie (although he was, along with Wasp, an original Avenger), so it would make no sense to add him (it) at this point. And I don't know what kind of dialogue you're looking for. This isn't "The Godfather". It's a summer blockbuster comic book movie so of course the dialogue is going to be a little corny. The current Dark Knight trailer features the same corny dialogue, and half the action the Avengers trailer does. I have no idea how good or bad this movie is going to be but at least at this point it appears to giving us everything we would expect from a comic book/origins movie. I'm not trying to come down on you Guido (although it appears that that's exactly what I'm doing), but I get very tired of reading negative, halfass opinions on message boards from people who don't really know anything about the subject matter they're speaking about. See the movie first, then comment all you want. I absolutely will not stand in your way.

  12. Pam says:

    Someone sure dug himself a deep grave hahahaha

  13. besdf says:

    nice blog.

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