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"The Avengers" Trailer Premieres: Explosions, Bad Guys And One-Liners

Jennifer Schultz |
October 11, 2011 | 9:55 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

"The Avengers" trailer
"The Avengers" trailer

The ultimate superhero movie and guaranteed smash hit of the summer has the internet abuzz once again, and for good reason.

The trailer for “The Avengers” was released Monday morning, and let’s just say it looks exciting enough to turn almost anyone into a superhero movie fan.

In case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what this movie is about, imagine every superhero movie made in the past few years.

Now put all those superheroes together in one action-packed movie, and that’s basically what the trailer shows us. The motive itself is based off a comic book series (surprise), but there’s no word on how close the plot will be to the story of the book.

As difficult as it is to believe that somehow all these heroes’ storylines could coexist—really, how many different forces are trying to destroy the world?—the trailer is nothing short of epic.

Explosions abound, people die and we get to see our first glimpse of “Thor” bad guy Loki doing his thing, though there’s no sign of who’s helping him.

Of course, there’s a troubled Earth depicted through the eyes of a big city. The whole thing looks straight out of a comic book, of course. Now to the part we care about: the Avengers.

Samuel L. Jackson is there, looking badass as always, but with the addition of an eye patch. From the looks of it, he’s the one assembling the team of heroes, and it’s a role he’s perfectly cast in.

“There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people so when we needed them they could fight the battle that we never could,” he says, which should be an indication of the scale of this production.

And “a group of remarkable people”? That’s an understatement.

We see Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye, Thor, the Black Widow and the Hulk all assembled for their mission. It doesn’t look like the team is going to play nice with each other, but they each look great in their own respect.

The standout has to be Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, though. Always the jokester, he responds to Captain America’s insult asking who he was without his suit with the line, “A genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist,” while Thor chuckles in the background.

Plus, he delivers the title line, “If we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we’ll avenge it.”

It will be interesting to see how Scarlet Johansson does by reprising her role as the Black Widow, seeing as she didn’t get to see too much action in “Iron Man 2.” She’s prominently featured in this trailer, so Scarlett fans, rejoice.

Finally, fans get their first glimpse at Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, a role Edward Norton and Eric Bana previously took on. How Ruffalo will compare is totally up in the air, but the inclusion of the Hulk guarantees some smashing along with the exploding.

“The Avengers” comes out next May.

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