Apparently inspired by last week's 30 Rock, the good folks at Marvel Studios have given us a whopper of a Leap Day present: an all-new, all-expanded trailer for Summer 2012's first superhero blockbuster, The Avengers. Unlike the first teaser, which hit the web back in October, this one features more dialogue, more effects-heavy action (to be fair, most of the effects weren't finished four months ago) and more clips of the costumed heroes trading Joss Whedon-scripted barbs with each other. Even with all the bonus footage though, the studio is still keeping us mostly in the dark about what exactly is going to happen in the film beyond the Avengers assembling to squabble amongst themselves and battle some kind of invading interstellar army led by Thor's newly emboldened adoptive brother, Loki. (This is a Joss Whedon joint, so there's got to be more to it than just that, right? Or maybe this time the big twist will be that there is no twist...) But through a few close viewings, we did manage to tease out a few potential story points from this two-and-a-half minute sneak peak, things like...
Iron Man Isn't There to Make Friends
We've already seen from his own solo adventures that Tony Stark prefers to fly solo, both in and out of his spiffy iron suit. That "me-first" attitude is clearly going to be a major source of tension here, as Tony enters the trailer complaining about being compelled to join the Avengers Initiative despite being previously told that he "didn't qualify" due to his difficult personality. We then see him kicking the crap out of Thor and exchanging tense glances with Captain America. Of course, the trailer ends with him fighting heroically alongside the other Avengers amidst what appears to be the big climactic battle, so somewhere along the way he got over himself and became a team player.
Black Widow and the Hulk May Have Something in Common
Is it just a coincidence that Black Widow is the one charged with finding and recruiting Bruce Banner a.k.a. The Hulk (played, in what is now his third big-screen iteration, by Mark Ruffalo, stepping in for Ed Norton, who took over from Eric Bana) into the Initiative? Or does she somehow feel a kinship to him, either because she suffers from anger management issues or just really, really likes the color green? The trailer does indicate that she and Hawkeye share a bond in that they're both completely new to the superhero game (they're also significantly lacking in the superpowers department compared to the other four), but we wonder if Whedon is setting up this particular beauty to be the one team member with the potential to tame the beast that is the Hulk... in a totally platonic way, of course.
Nick Fury Isn't Always So Cool, Calm and Collected
In his previous screen appearances, Fury has generally come across as the cooler-than-you dude with all the answers. But the dominant emotion that's on display in the trailer is concern: concern that mankind won't be able to survive what's coming, even with six Titans fighting for them. When he confesses to Loki, "You have made me very desperate," we saw genuine fear in his... uh, eye.
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