Marvel’s experiment with bringing the Avengers universe to life through several different franchises has been a very interesting one to watch. When they started, nearly everybody scoffed at the idea that the classic comic tradition of crossovers would work when transferred to the cinema. Given that almost every single film thus far has been hugely successful for Marvel, most of those doubters are now silent.
Personally, I think that the Avengers movie is either going to be either fantastic, or incredibly disappointing. It won’t be anywhere in between. The amount of hype that has already built around this movie means that it is going to have a lot to live up to, and the next eight months of trailers, posters, and the inevitable leaked footage will only increase the fans’ excitement. Joss Whedon has a mixed record, but his geek cred is undeniable and he is definitely the sort of person that you want to bring this kind of movie to life. It will be interesting to see how things turn out.
As for the trailer itself, there isn’t much on display here apart from a lot of explosions and a few one liners (including Robert Downey Jr’s cringe worthy ‘avenged’ line). I would imagine that we’re not going to see much more than this for quite a while, but you can bet that fans will be analysing every little tidbit that Marvel decides to dish out for the next 8 months or so.
I think Iron Man is going to own this movie. I am disappointed they have again gone for CGI HULK. It still looks too fake.
The trailer was fairly heavy on Iron Man, but that’s to be expected given how successful his two movies have been. Balancing the screentime of each character is going to be one of the biggest challenges facing Joss Whedon, Iron Man 2 was an example of what happens when you try and cram too much into one movie. Given his history in ensemble television I’m hoping that Whedon is up to the task. While I agree that CGI Hulk doesn’t look fantastic, I don’t think that there is a way that you can make him look realistic, and CGI is far better than the old suit and green bodypaint.
Despite what people may say about him, Robert Downey Jr. is a tenacious and determined man. He’s gone to rehab numberous times and has made sincere efforts and often has progressed quite well in his treatment. I think people that don’t have a working understanding of addiction and chemical dependence should reserve their bashing comments for another post.
Apologies for the late reply, your comment got caught in the spam filter. I have nothing against RDJ and I agree that he has made huge strides in his recovery, but none of that has anything to do with how terrible that line of dialogue is.