Trailer Analysis: The Avengers
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.
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.
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.)
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.