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Superheroes Spar for Screen Time in 'The Avengers' Trailer: VIDEO


Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner as  Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor,  Black Widow, and Hawkeye, respectively, save the world in the new trailer for The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon.



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  1. Yawn.

    I really admire most of Joss Whedon's work - but let's not forget what a hot mess most superhero movies become when they include anything more than 2 villains. (Most, not all).

    So the thought of handling this many "heroes" in a superhero movie makes me wary of boiling hot molten mess.

    Posted by: Zlick | Feb 29, 2012 2:37:18 PM

  2. Cue some moron whining about how this post isn't about gays or some nonsense. Three, Two, One...

    I used to find the reader commentary here on Towleroad pretty interesting, with interesting points across the spectrum of liberal to conservative, but in the past year or so it's become deeply stupid. Self-loathing right wing trolls. "Progressives" attacking our detractors based on their looks. Dorks thinking they can decide what's appropriate for the site, and what's not. I keep telling myself to stop reading them. Don't you? And yet here I am.

    Andy, either get a rein on the commenters and start blocking the clowns who bring nothing worthwhile to the conversation, or just block commenters altogether. Seriously. The whole situation is just bringing this site down.

    And, also, can't wait to see the Avengers. Geeking hard over here.

    Posted by: Marty | Feb 29, 2012 2:39:59 PM

  3. And I'm not responding to ZLICK - hadn't seen his comment when I posted. I think Joss has great skills handling an ensemble of characters - so I have high hopes he can nail this as a big fun summer popcorn movie. Not hoping for anything more than that.

    Posted by: Marty | Feb 29, 2012 2:46:03 PM

  4. Conundrum:

    I am desperate to see more of these trailers and scenes, but I don't want to know pretty much everything about the movie before I step into the cinema (and let's face it, most of today's trailers are basically short versions of the entire movie).

    I'm feeling like this trailer, combined with the others, is descending into the latter territory. Come on, Joss... Tease me... but don't show me all the good stuff! I can't help myself but to succumb and watch all these things about 20 times each...

    Posted by: Ryan | Feb 29, 2012 2:47:55 PM

  5. A bit premature, Marty.
    This movie looks terrible.

    Posted by: Eric26 | Feb 29, 2012 2:48:54 PM

  6. @Zlick

    I am a super huge comic nerd. Mike Mine Marvel! I do, however, respect the DC icons: Batman, Superman, etc. I think the problem in the past has been the writer/director chosen, not the abundance of villains. Yes, the Schumacher Batman sucked, but the Nolan one didn't. Batman Begins had both Scarecrow and was fantastic.

    Give the writer/director of Firefly a stab at it.

    Posted by: Rin | Feb 29, 2012 2:51:43 PM

  7. This looks ridiculously bad. Dumb, explosivey action from the school of Michael Bay. The costumes look cheap and fake. And Loki from that horrible Thor movie is a dumb villain to bring back.

    It's going to be a fantastic year in movies: The Dark Night Returns, Prometheus, Hunger Games, The Hobbit. The Avengers is not even in the top 5 must-see films.

    Posted by: endo | Feb 29, 2012 2:53:53 PM

  8. @ZLICK: Yawn? Are you kidding me? That was awesome.

    I'm not an avengers fan (keep your big government off of my super hero teams!) but my lord this trailer made me want to watch more. For those hating on ensemble hero flicks, don't forget that X-Men and X-Men 2 were pretty darned good. X-Men 3 never happened.

    Posted by: RandySF | Feb 29, 2012 2:54:01 PM

  9. Does anyone else think Captain America's uniform looks a little ridiculous next to all the others? (And probably even by itself?) His colors are a little too '70s-Superman bright blue and red. I know he's Captain AMERICA, but does he have to look like he's LITERALLY refashioned the flag into a costume?

    This is my opinion. I am not a troll. Thank you.

    Posted by: Blaine | Feb 29, 2012 3:00:35 PM

  10. I think this looks incredible! All of you Debbie Downers must be real fun at parties. Jeez, it's an action/superhero movie. Don't expect Schindler's List and you won't be disappointed.

    @Blaine: I agree about Cap's uniform. I liked the WWII one much better.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Feb 29, 2012 3:16:00 PM

  11. If this weren't Joss Whedon's film, I wouldn't bother seeing it. I think Nolan and even Burton handled multiple villains well, and I'm willing to give Whedon a decent open-minded shot at handling multiple heroes. But there sure are an awful lot of them.

    And this particular trailer? Yeah, lots of explosions and superhero posing. Maybe I should have watched it on YouTube instead of embedded all tiny. Oh well. Not interested in seeing it again. At least I don't feel like it's giving away the entire film ... unless the film has no plot at all.

    As for Captain America's costume - the conceit here is that he's been transported from the 1940's - where that time period allowed for him to have the best superhero movie tone of any of them. So let him wear the retro costume! ;-)

    Posted by: Zlick | Feb 29, 2012 3:17:39 PM

  12. Should have been the Justice League.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Feb 29, 2012 3:51:50 PM

  13. If he's gonna wear a costume from the 1940s can he have body hair of a real man from the 1940s? :)

    Posted by: sparks | Feb 29, 2012 3:53:41 PM

  14. I think it looks great. The trailer itself looked a little too frenetic with so many characters competing for a few seconds of screen time, but a 2 hour film will resolve that.

    Posted by: Kevin_BGFH | Feb 29, 2012 3:58:04 PM

  15. "All of you Debbie Downers must be real fun at parties."

    If I go to a party and all the people there are fans of movies like Transformers and Fantastic Four, I usually just leave.

    Posted by: endo | Feb 29, 2012 3:58:46 PM

  16. this looks ... terrible. why are adults interested in such piffle?

    Posted by: Vince | Feb 29, 2012 4:19:04 PM

  17. This looks amazing. What the hell are you guys complaining about? JHC.

    Posted by: Johnny P | Feb 29, 2012 8:20:22 PM

  18. If it doesn't have John Steed and Emma Peel it is not The Avengers.

    Posted by: Ruddigore | Feb 29, 2012 10:01:38 PM

  19. I've just never understood with these new superhero movies why the Hulk has to practically fly. But, I'll see it nonetheless. :-)

    Posted by: Cyd | Feb 29, 2012 10:30:41 PM

  20. I just pissed my pants. I cannot wait to see this.

    Posted by: matt | Feb 29, 2012 11:03:46 PM

  21. It's strange when people say this movie looks terrible. It looks exactly like it should: a super big budget action film with lots of CG and explosions. This isn't The Kings Speech. This isn't The Artist. This is a comic book movie and only needs to live up to that standard. It's fine if this type of film isn't the kind you like to watch, but that doesn't mean it won't or can't be good on its on terms.

    Posted by: gino | Mar 1, 2012 12:05:44 AM

  22. skweeeeeeee!

    Posted by: michael | Mar 1, 2012 8:11:17 AM

  23. @ Endo:


    Posted by: Michael W. | Mar 1, 2012 1:57:13 PM

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