You have to hand it to the Marvel Studios team. They managed to pack a lot into the new, two-minute trailer for “The Avengers.”
From superhero-on-superhero brawls to impressive shots of Iron Man, Thor, and the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes flying through the sky as they attempt to save the world from Loki and his still-unidentified minions, there’s a lot to absorb in this preview of what’s sure to be one of the year’s biggest releases.
Nevertheless, we’ve managed to come up with the ten key scenes you should be focusing on when you give the trailer another look, as they have a lot to say about what we can expect when “The Avengers” hits theaters May 4.
The First Avenger
When S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) tells Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) that “It’s time” around the 0:19 mark in the trailer, you’ll notice a familiar character standing just behind him. That’s Captain America himself, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). Since this scene appears to occur before the team is assembled, it makes sense to assume that Cap really will be “The First Avenger,” and the films will break from their source material by having him be the first member of the superhero team. (In the comics world, the initial roster of The Avengers consisted of Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Thor, and Hulk.)
Iron Man’s Open House
In the comics world, Stark Tower has been a regular (though occasionally destroyed and rebuilt) element of the Manhattan skyline, but this is our first look at the tower in the Marvel movie-verse. Around the 0:48 mark, we see that Iron Man has clearly made a home for himself in the tower, but what remains to be seen is if the Avengers will also make it one of their bases of operation. According to comics history, The Avengers occupied one of the lesser towers in the Stark Tower Complex, so it will be interesting to see whether this will be true in the movies, too.
Maria Hill, I Presume?
One of the high-profile castings that hasn’t received much attention in the “Avengers” trailers so far is the portrayal of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill by actress Cobie Smulders. In the comics world, Hill is a major player in the S.H.I.E.L.D. hierarchy, and even served as Nick Fury’s replacement for a while. There have been lots of rumors surrounding the character’s movie-verse counterpart, and we get our first good look at Smulders in character right around the 1:04 mark.
No secrets or rumors to ponder here — this moment is important just because it lets us know that there will indeed be some superhero-vs-superhero action in the film. Between the shot of Iron Man kicking Thor and the one of Thor bringing the hammer down on Captain America, there’s a good chance the brawls between the good guys will be just as (if not more) exciting than their fights with the bad guys.
A Cosmic Cube Sighting?
This could be a little too far of a leap, but we couldn’t help noticing the blue hue of the crystal in Loki’s staff around the 1:21 mark. Thanks to the post-credit scene in “Thor,” we know the trickster god has his eye on the mysterious power source last seen in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and we know that it exudes a blue field of energy when in use — so it doesn’t seem implausible that Loki has managed to capture some element of that power in the cane we see in the trailer. What do you think? Are we off-base?