I’ve been gun-ho about the Avengers movie for a while now. Really, ever since Iron Man 2. There’s something about filmmakers coming together to make different superheroes movies that fit into this larger story, cuminating with huge ensemble cast film. If they had done the Avengers first without any of the other films, it would have been impossible to bring these characters as vividly to life in 2 hours as they’ve done this way. And the first trailer is making me very hopeful about the movie itself.
The trailer seems to reflect what I’ve heard about the movie so far – that Steve Rogers and Tony Stark aren’t exactly best buddies. If I just woke up from a decades long hibernation (from saving the world, no less) to find out the rich cocky guy I worked with in the war spawned an even richer, cockier son who now runs around as a superhero, I might not take the guy seriously either. I’m sure it isn’t a coincidence that Tony is sporting facial hair very similar to his dad’s in Captain America.
Maybe the two aspects I knew were in the upcoming movie that I’m still not looking forward to are Loki and Black Widow. Loki was one of the weaker parts of the Thor movie, more emo than sly. If they can expand on his character and make him more of a mental force to be reckoned with, I’ll be happier.
And Black Widow … she’s just so flat. From an acting point of view. I know Cobie Smulders is playing Maria Hill, so hopefully that will add some much needed female diversity. I don’t mind an cold Scarlett Johansson fighting guys in spandex as long as there are a few other female characters that do things differently. I keep reminding myself that this is directed by Joss Whedon, the king of ensemble casts and realistic female characters. I’m still very excited for this May release.