Last weekend, the movie event of the summer took place. No, we're not talking about Comic-Con, we're talking about the brief teaser trailer for "The Avengers" that ran after the credits for "Captain America: The First Avenger." It was enough to send your average fanboy into detox for treatment of a natural high.
Well, today, Marvel has released the first official clip of "The Avengers" onto the internet -- and what it lacks in running time it more than makes up for with awesomeness.
Not to be a tease, though, but before we get to the actual clip -- settle down there, hoss -- director Joss Whedon recently sat down with the folks at io9 to discuss just what makes "The Avengers" the biggest superhero film of all time, besides the fact that, you know, it has the main characters of "Iron Man," "Captain America," "Thor" and "The Incredible Hulk" all in the same movie.
"There is so much action in this movie, and there is a lot of testosterone just in these characters," Whedon said. "The actors themselves are much more giving than the characters are. The cast is a much better team [in real life] than the Avengers are. But the fact is, at the end of the day, everybody is posturing, everybody is trying to one-up the other person, whether it's a conversation or a fight or the movie as a whole, so it's a very macho thing.
"Although there is a lot of angst and a lot of human drama — which are the reasons you go to the movie, but you're not supposed to talk about them in an action film, there's also a lot of expression of this human drama through hitting each other in the face and blowing up cars, so I think everybody's going to win."
And that winning begins right now. This clip, which follows a short scene from the end of "Captain America," may be short, but if you go frame by frame -- which obivously we've been doing over and over again all morning -- you can see shots of all six of the "Avengers," including Hawkeye and Black Widow, as well as some new costumes to boot.
So here it is: Robert Downy Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson, officially assembled at last, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies: