The trailer for The Avengers that aired during the Super Bowl may well have been the highlight of the game. Sweeping music, Iron Man flying around, Cap and Thor camaraderie, and a leaping Hulk punching planes out of the sky? Plus Fury, quinjets, and what looks like a helicarrier? I practically swooned.
And then there’s the extended version, which featured extra Loki and Tony Stark calling them “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.” I’m left with waiting to hear Cap bellow “Avengers assemble!, and then I can die in peace. Cheesy as it is, I loved Fury’s “I still believe in heroes” line, because it means that they’re still salvaging some of the original tone of Nick Fury, and not just going with the borderline sociopathic, control freak version found in The Ultimates. Somewhere in between is just right for me. Hawkeye looks great, and while we’ve only seen short glimpses, the CGI Hulk looks… pretty good. And before anyone complains about having a CGI Hulk, bear in mind — he’s supposed to be eight feet tall and weigh almost 1,500 pounds. Good luck doing that with live action.
That said, Captain America’s costume is still the goofiest, and ScarJo’s Black Widow is set permanently on pout (and she looks ridiculous cocking a pistol in the midst of a Norse God, a Super Soldier, Iron Man, and a giant Hulk — yet Hawkeye still looked cool). Speaking of, I want more Hawkeye. But that aside, Whedon’s Avengers is thus far shaping up to be my must-see of the year.
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