Earth's Mightiest Heroes: First Trailer for Marvel's 'The Avengers'

Tuesday, 11 October 2011 08:14 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Earth's Mightiest Heroes: First Trailer for Marvel's 'The Avengers'

Since Marvel Studios announced that the first official teaser trailer for the biggest cinematic superhero team-up ever attempted would debut on Tuesday, odds are that plenty of folks have been counting down the days on one hand.  Well, it's Tuesday, and Marvel has obliged with the teaser for The Avengers in all its superheroic glory.  The trailer gives a good sense of Tom Hiddleston as Loki being thoroughly villainous, but predictably doesn't reveal the nature of the movie's larger threat.  While we get looks at every member of the SHIELD-assembled team, it's definitely Robert Downey Jr.'s trailer; next to Nick Fury, he gets almost all the lines.  This makes perfect sense, as Iron Man's the most established in Marvel Studios' stable, and it appears he's also the team member who causes the most friction.

You can, of course, view the trailer below immediately, or you can skip on over the Apple for the HD version in order to assiduously analyze each and every frame, finding the modifications in Iron Man's armor and whatnot.  For the ladies, there's Chris Hemsworth's biceps in his Asgardian casual-wear, and for the gents there's Scarlett Johansson grappling some dude with her thighs.

It definitely gets the point across and sets up the notion of The Avengers for all those folks who haven't been tracking the film since the post-credits sequence of Iron Man back in 2008.  While there's no shortage of cool poses and explosions, the really epic superhero stuff isn't really in play yet.  Since it's basically a teaser, this isn't an issue, and it probably owes to the fact that principal photography ended not too long ago and any big effects shots are still very much works in progress.

We do get a look at the newly redesigned Hulk at the end, and though it's brief, it is very much appreciated, since it felt like he might sit the whole thing out.

So, your line-up, all of whom got their moment (even if it was just a cool shot or two): Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson.  Also on board are Cobie Smulders and, of course, Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson.  Joss Whedon, handling what is only his second feature film as director, looks to have delivered some big, fun action.

The Avengers defend Earth in theaters on May 4, 2012.

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