For years, Marvel has been working toward this: Releasing superhero movies like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, and inserting Samuel L. Jackson into every one so that eventually all of the caped heroes could meet in this, Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers. The first full-length trailer came out today, and it does not disappoint. Plus, it’s so great to hear Joss’ great quips again.
What really intrigues me about this movie is seeing how the superheroes, all used to working alone, chafe against each other. They come from an incredible array of upbringings: Captain America (Chris Evans) has been frozen since the 1940s; Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) is, by his own admission, a playboy billionaire genius; Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is a Russian secret agent; and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) comes from a whole other planet where magic and science collide.
The two newbies are Jeremy Renner as Green Arrow and Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk. (Fingers crossed his portrayal of rage-prone doctor Bruce Banner is better than the Eric Bana and Edward Norton versions.)
Not surprisingly, Robert Downey, Jr. gets the best lines: “If we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damn sure we’ll, avenge it.” We can’t wait! (But sadly, we’ll have to for a little while—The Avengers comes to theaters May 4, 2012.)