Trailer Analysis: The Avengers

What a beautiful sunny day
What a beautiful sunny day

Yes, another article on the Avengers, but it is a new day. A new trailer, and more excitement around the film that will make a massive amount of money. The trailer aired during the Super Bowl and showed all that which our heroes will be faced with in May. It is some sort of alien force, but does not look like the Skrulls which many thought (including myself) would be the army that Loki has at his disposal. The army looked humanoid with dark skin and a dark coated armor on as they jumped from a ship. It was a quick look, but if you pause the trailer at roughly 30 seconds you can get a good glimpse at them. Luckily, I was also able to find a picture of the creatures jumping from their ship. It also seems like this force has some sort of glider, similar to the Green Goblin from the comics (surely not related for the film). It was refreshing to see a good amount of the force that the Avengers will be faced with throughout the film, and it surely will not disappoint the eyes. The trailer did show off what we can expect from the film in terms of plot as well, which I will go into detail on.

Iron Man in flight fighting alien forces as he heads to what looks like a rip in the sky
Iron Man in flight fighting alien forces as he heads to what looks like a rip in the sky

The Avengers looks as if it picks up at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger (to avoid spoilers I won't say what happens). However, we have a displaced Steve Rogers as Nick Fury is trying to recruit him. Clearly, he joins Fury's team of heroes, but due to everyone having an ego the personalities do not initially mesh. It seems from all of the trailers that have been released the biggest feud that lasts throughout the film would be between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. Stark and Thor duke it out as do others but with Stark and Rogers there is a bit of dichotomy as they are polar opposite. However, those skirmishes are bit aside when the group sees the carnage that this supposed alien force attacks. The shear devastation makes them all suddenly realize the gravity of the situation. Fury had told them that they were gathered for a great reason, but none truly took it seriously until they were faced with such a powerful threat. Even in Iron Man 2, Stark was hesitant to join Fury's team as he didn't understand the necessity , but more so he isn't exactly a team guy. When the group does band together, it seems as if the film will be filled with a heavy amount of fighting scenes from then on. Surely there will be more revelations to a bigger picture from the big bad of the film, Loki.

Alien ship
Alien ship
"I was thrown into an abyss, and I get constant sarcasm from your race!"
"I was thrown into an abyss, and I get constant sarcasm from your race!"

Loki is a pleasant guy. Wouldn't you be if you were in some horrible dimension for who knows how long? Thus, we have a much more angry version of the trickster and a much more powerful one at that. Loki by himself could give the heroes a run for their money, but then you add in this giant army he is in command of and everything becomes...frightening. However, I still have trouble believing that Loki is the man behind the curtain of this invasion. I find it much more likely that he is simply the leader on the ground. The one calling the shots is most likely Thanos. It has been announced that Thanos would be somewhat of a presence in the first film setting him up to possibly be the villain for future Avengers films. Thanos was such a powerful entity in the Marvel Universe that it took almost every hero to take him down, and it was still a struggle. In terms of cinemas, Thanos can be an incredible difficult villain to pull off but in the right hands it can be done. He will most likely be revealed at the end of the film when the dust settles, do not be surprised if the final shot of the film is of him putting on the Infinity Gauntlet (which was in Odin's vault mind you.)

Thanos will be dropping "The Gauntlet" in a theater near you
Thanos will be dropping "The Gauntlet" in a theater near you

The new trailer released today (2/29/12) brings in some new interesting details. Such as for one, the ship that carries whatever the race is that the Avengers will be facing off with. It looks like a Leviathan type creature as it chases Iron Man around a building leading to Captain America and Thor. I doubt that the ship is anything more than just that, the fact that it moves the way it does like a living organism could just be attributed to being just an alien ship. I doubt that it could be Fin Fang Foom as others may have predicted. The other intriguing aspect of the trailer was the shot of the Black Widow running away from the Hulk, as it appears he had an intent to hurt her but shortly after in the trailer the Hulk is then saving Iron Man. Interesting, indeed. It leads me to believe that more than likely, the Hulk will not actually be fighting any of the Avengers in the beginning as some have suspected. For that storyline to take place, it would take up a lot of screen time which would be better suited to bringing the characters together. It is fairly clear that Thor and Iron Man will face off during the film as we see the two facing off in the trailer, most likely as the two enter into a pissing contest as to who is stronger.

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Nightmarephantom 4 years ago from Columbia, MD

I can NOT wait for this movie!


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Ironman1992 4 years ago

This was a much better trailer than the last teaser was. The wormhole type thing that the aliens fly out of looks like the same type of protals that were in the Thor movie.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I am very impressed with how much they showed in the trailer


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Ironman1992 4 years ago

I would like to see more footage of some of the other Avengers. I'm not a big fan of Captain America, but I, like many people, have to wonder how he and Hawkeye contribute to the team when they lack super powers.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

Powers are not everything. Plus, Captain while not as flashy as say Iron Man and Thor, still is a fantastic leader and he does have a little thing called super strength. Hawkeye isn't as useless as people make him out to be either. He is a version of Robin Hood, granted, but he has multiple uses for his arrows. He can use explosive tips making them into a psuedo-bomb. He is a skilled fighter as well.

Just because the two cannot fly or shoot beams out from their hammer or hands does not make them useless. Look at it this way, Capt. becomes leader in the comics, do you really think if the others thought he wasn't fit that the others (say Iron Man, Thor) would challenge him? In fact I bet that's something that happens early on in the film, and then Capt. rallies them pointed out that they are fighting a pointless battle just to satisfy their egos.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago

I think in the end, this movie will be a hit because of the overwhelming hype around it, while "The Dark Knight Rises" will have the best story between the two overall. "Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance" will probably break dead even. "The Amazing Spider-Man" will be a hit because it comes out on the fourth of july weekend, which makes it almost a shoe in for it's first week. However, it'll be the second weekend that'll make or break it.

As for Marvel Studios, I have my own doubts about them.

Although it's still early in the Marvel Movie Universe history, but I know one of the key flaws that eventually hurt and killed the Star Trek movies (with the Next Generation Cast) was that many of the story lines became so inter woven that it started to alienate the possibility of acquiring any new fans into the franchise; hence it suffered over time. Case in point, "Star Trek Nemesis" bombed in theaters, and "Enterprise" had an abysmal 1.5 rating according to the nelson standings. Kind of sad because the "next generation" crew used to have a nelson rating score up in the 15 ish area consistently. See the trend?

My biggest fear with this new Marvel Movie universe is by interweaving all these film franchises together like a comic book that it could alienate fans years down the road. Let's not forget that's exactly why Marvel created the Ultimate universe too, as many people didn't want to catch up on the back stories of Marvel characters to get into them; hence the Ultimate universe was created to pull in new fans. I just hope marvel studios knows what they're doing, as they can't expect all their movie fans to see every single film just to catch up on what's going on.

Anyway, great analysis of the trailer though, as I'm amazed you were able to get that much just from the trailer. I know I couldn't do that if i tried. lol. Anyway, keep up the good work and all that.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I agree with you, but I do like the way that all of them have come together thus far. After this film, I think there is where the problems lies. Favreau said it perfectly with the stand alone films after this. How are audiences supposed to get behind a character fighting a villain when he could simply just call his friend Thor, Capt or so on and be like hey, remember that time we worked together? Yeah I could really use a hand now.

I think they push to Avengers 2 and call it a day. It is incredibly impressive what they have done to this point. I am looking forward to TDKR much more, and I am very impressed with the new trailer to Spiderman as well.


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Nickalooch 4 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

Thanks for the comment, I'm sure if you were to put your mind to it you'd be able to analyse a trailer or two as well. Now if we get a new TDKR trailer, I'd be all over that. It's all about what you have a passion for. I know a lot about this characters because it is all essentially what I grew up with lol.


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sammyfiction 4 years ago from Australia

I am so SO excited for this movie! :D


zerbini87 4 years ago

Very informative and well written hub! I know this is going to sound depressing, but I still have not seen it! I know shame on me, one who devotes his time and efforts to review classic movies. Do not worry I will be seeing it very soon! Even though I all ready know I will love it like I have the other Marvel movies, your preview is a great plugin for the movie. I would definitely be enticed to see it by reading your hub, if I had not idea about the movie. Keep up the good work!

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