Last week, we previewed what we're hoping to see from the "never-before-seen" footage from "The Avengers" announced for this Saturday's New York Comic Con. That was before we found out that Marvel plans to release the first official trailer for the ultimate superhero meet-up online Tuesday.
Expectations have always been high for "The Avengers," but the surprisingly little footage we've seen from the actual film has put interest on a whole new level. Fans of comic book movies everywhere have been waiting a long time to get their hands on another scrap of official "Avengers" info, so for the trailer to not miss the mark, there are some specific things we need to see:
The New Hulk
He's the 1,500-pound, gamma-radiated gorilla in the room. The trading of Edward Norton for Mark Ruffalo caused a good amount of controversy, but if there had to be a recasting, it wasn't a terrible move. If you consider the Hulk and Bruce Banner two separate characters, the big green guy is the only major character we haven't seen a single picture of, which is odd considering that we've already seen two iterations of a CGI Hulk. His absence would make more sense if this was something entirely new, but it isn't.
Nick Fury in Action
To be fair, the wait to see Ruffalo's Hulk seems short compared to how long we've all waited to see Samuel L. Jackson kick some ass as Nick Fury. He showed up eight years ago in the first Iron Man movie with promises of an Avengers gathering and some killer S.H.I.E.L.D. action. Jackson has talked up Fury's eventual action scenes for months, but we have yet to see any proof to back it up besides a still released last week. It's time to quit the talk and unleash the Fury.
Speaking of S.H.I.E.L.D., what is a secret military law-enforcement agency without the signature ride to prove it? So far, most of the material we've seen with the Avengers assembled, specifically the set photos and the footage after "Captain America: The First Avenger," has shown what is most likely the inside-flying aircraft carrier, and that's probably because the film is still in production with effects shots far from completed. With an event like the first trailer, Marvel hopefully arranged for a handful of effects shots to be ready. An obvious choice for one of these shots would be the non-spoiler Helicarrier.
Who's Helping Loki?
For as long as we've known about "The Avengers," there's been talk about who the villain might be. And as long as people have been talking about the villain, they've been throwing the Skrulls around. It's been one of the longest-lasting rumors around the movie, and some set footage with Cap and Thor fighting off mo-cap actors only seemed to confirm it. Other than the Skrulls, Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet have been part of the discussion for quite some time. The Infinity Gauntlet showed up in "Thor" and at San Diego Comic-Con in 2010. Thanos, on the other jewel-encrusted hand, was at the center of a supposed scoop by the Latino Review all the way back in May.
The last time we checked, the movie was called "The Avengers," and we were expecting at some point to see them all together. You know, in one shot. The closest we've come so far was at Comic Con, and they weren't even in character. If Marvel really wants to make an impact with the trailer, they need to give the fans what they've been promising for three years: get all the heroes onscreen all at once. Everything else that will inevitably be missing from the trailer is forgivable as long as we get the big group shot.
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