‘The Avengers’ Trailer: Superheroes, Mad Gods & Alien Armadas

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Believe it or not, just over two months are now left in the countdown to the release of Marvel’s The Avengers. The comic book movie studio has been especially busy cranking up the buzz surrounding its estimated $300 million superhero juggernaut over the last week, to help heighten anticipation for today’s unveiling of a second official trailer.

The new Avengers trailer is now online and unlike previous trailers, it basically dives head-first into the plot of the film. While a good deal of the mystery surrounding Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and his powerful alien army remains in place, the stakes have now been made clear and the stage is set for Earth’s most powerful superheroes to unite in its defense.

Without further ado, we present the epic second official trailer for The Avengers:

Overall, there’s a lot to admire in this new Avengers footage as far as sheer action spectacle and the scale of everything is concerned. Between sequences of Hulk rescuing a downed Iron Man and vast alien vessels laying ruin to metropolitan landscapes (among other noteworthy moments) it looks like Marvel’s money has been well spent. More so, this is the first trailer to suggest that The Avengers may truly be worth the price of admission for either a 3D and/or IMAX screening, based on some of the more elaborate shots and action sequences teased here.

Rather than divulge the secrets of Loki’s forces just yet, this new Avengers trailer instead highlights the clashing of personalities and difficult team dynamic between the various members of the Avengers Initiative. Chalk up another early point for writer/director Joss Whedon, as he appears to have recognized that the conflicts between the various superheroes who make up The Avengers are (in many respects) just as important as the exterior ones they’re working against.

As for all those brief scenes where the Avengers are (literally) at each other’s throats? Well, don’t forget Tom Hiddleston’s promise that Loki will be up to more mind games in The Avengers. Should be fun to see how that plays out, to say the least…

For a better look at the newest Avengers trailer, check out our screenshot gallery below:

The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, and Stellan Skarsgård as Professor Erik Selvig.

Look for The Avengers to arrive in 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on May 4th, 2012.

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Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. Why is TDKR so hush hush……

    • 70% of the movie has already been released, I think they want to keep the other 30% a secret

    • Cause this is an Avengers related article.

    • I love that the comics editor doesn’t know what Black Widow’s wrist weapons are. “Could be some kind of weapon…”

      No, it is. Read your comics, sir.

    • Ken, I checked out the vid, and I have to say, it was the biggest waste of 9 minutes of my life.
      Those guys don’t know anything IMO – which really pisses me off since it’s kinda their job to know a thing or two about this movie.

      • Gotta agree with you there. Does someone who uses screenrant need a couple of guys (I won’t use the terms nerds or geeks coz essentially we all are) to go through a movie trailer and disect it. That really is a bad example of dumbing down but maybe the guys involved get their 15mins.
        The trailer itself? Awesome. Love the Hulks look. Hulk had him too passive looking and The Incredible Hulk had him too ripped/veiny. This is a good mixture and far more like the comics that I’ve read.
        One question. Does anyone know why we in the UK get the movie title “Avengers Assembled” as shown in the identical UK trailer? Assembled is superfluous. If the heroes aren’t assembled they can’t be the Avengers! Just a bunch of superheroes. “The Avengers” is just a perfect title.

        • I don’t get the title either…
          There was a discussion about it on an earlier article, if you wanna check it out.

        • The logic for the UK title change involves prior IP, the spy show from the ’60s and ’90s that was popular in the UK “The Avengers.” A lot of people here on SR don’t think it’s worth changing the name of “Avengers” due to this show/film, and I am inclined to agree, but from a name recognition standpoint, they often play it safe and there could even be a legal issue in the UK itself to the naming rights…perhaps a clause like “you can say ‘Avengers’ in the title but you have to distinguish it somehow.”

          Trust me, Marvel wouldn’t have wanted to deviate from “Avengers” unless they had to.

        • Well, IMO, the guys on SR know WAY more than those so called nerds from IGN – even those that “don’t do their basic research” – and I’m not overreacting either: my 14 year old sister (who’s obsessed with texting and LOLing ;)) knows more than those editors from IGN. Sure, I’ve spent years teaching her about comics and these movies, but if a teenage girl with no real interest in comics can learn these things, then I’m sure the guys from IGN can learn about it after a few hours on the net.

          I trust you when you say there are “IGN Rewind” vids that are informational, but I for one, won’t be watching more of ’em.

  2. I was thinking the same thing Ken and thanks for the video by the way

    • I agree with the Transformers reference behind Iron Man trying to get him, even before I saw the video…and they complain about giant clouds,pfft…

      • what giant clouds are you referring to?

          • you are a master wordsmith. blah blah.

            • Ha, translation:check out the latest trailer for Men in Black 3,near the end,it may reach a point where I start putting pictures of these on my walls.

            • no, the actual translation is; you’re not making any sense.

              • Really? Can’t help you there then..,

              • The Jeffro was angry that day, my friends. Like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli… :)

                • 10 points for the Seinfeld reference! however, i’m not angry, i’m just saying djinn is not making sence with his post about clouds, and who’s complaining about them, and blah blah blah

  3. There is a possible easter egg regarding the midgard serpent in Thor. When Natalie Portman’s character is looking through the book on Norse Mythology a picture of Loki is shown with a serpent like creature behind him, most likely a reference to the midgard serpent. Also, in the post credit scene of Iron Man 2 there is a SHIELD marker on the maps behind Tony Stark in the South Atlantic. Based on Norse legend the midgard serpent was banished to Earth’s ocean by Odin; this marker may reference the area of the serpent. Also, the midgard serpent has the ability to shape shift and has disguised itself as Fin Fang Foom, which could allow the popular character to tie in to the Avengers nicely. Finally, with the midgard having the ability to breathe underwater and fly, it is possible that this is why Iron Man emerges from the water in the super bowl spot for avengers.

    • Seems possible, but keep in mind that they don’t always use easter eggs to reference what they’re actually planning…often they’re just little winks to the fans. When they finished Thor, and put those easter eggs in during production, the script for Avengers wasn’t finished and they probably didn’t even know for sure what the plot would be.

    • Your theory is possible (but unlikely) IMO — we’ve gotten confirmation that Loki’s army is alien, so it stands to reason that this “Leviathan” (as it’ll most likely be called in the movie) is also alien? – I dunno, we can only wait and find out.

      Just a side note: I seriously doubt the marker on the SHIELD map in IM2 referenced the Midgard serpent… all the other markers seem to be indicators to superpowered “events” that transpired (IM in Calfornia, Cap in Europe, Thor in New Mexico, TIH in the North Pole, Black Panther in Africa), so I’m fairly sure the marker in the Atlantic ocean references Namor and Atlantis (seeing as, the marker is in the precise place where Atlantis is believed to be).

  4. I dunno, tbonn. I’m kinda hoping that the marker on the South Atlantic has to do with Atlantis and Namor. Recall there was a marker around East Africa as well which suggests to me a certain T’Challa…On the flip side they could symbolize the midgard serpent and the Chitauri. But here’s just hoping I’m right…:)

  5. after the shot of thor trapped in the glass cell, it goes to a birds eye view of one of the shield buildings and it looks like part of it is disintegrating. wonder whats up with that?

    • Definitely Comic Cube stuff…
      WE’ll find out in about 2 months! 😀

    • I think he could be shielding her…

    • They were booking it out of the building to escape the explosion, and he was protecting her.

      • That’s a sore subject for me; we (Trekkers) were trying to make Star Trek the largest thread, instead of this *&&^(&^% movie with that %#$&T*& ending that every &^%&^* person has to %^**() try to $@#^$&^ explain! But I digress. Woosah! 😀

  6. @TheAvenger, but I do see BP fitting in quite easily as a cameo. Like I said earlier, the alien invasion will be apocalyptic -think Independence Day, War of the Worlds, 2012 etc- and thus would not just affect America. There could be a clip of some aliens or their stuff landing in Wakanda and T’challa (maybe without putting a face to him-since an actor hasn’t been chosen)trying to make sense of it all or trying to protect his people. This would emphasize the global scale of the event. I recall at the end of Independence Day, some Africans (stereotyped perhaps) running in the fields to celebrate the victory. However it came off, it still emphasized the enormity of the alien invasion.

    And as a post-credit easter egg, we see a Namor (or a semblance) angry over the damage done to his homeland and sea from all the fighting.

    Someone stop me…I’m getting ahead of myself here.:)

    • You hit a nail on the head by mentioning those movies and there are others too,which makes me realize Avengers may not really be different from them, maybe the big difference is it’s a superhero movie,and that’s it.

      • no, the big difference is this will be an intelligent movie, while those previously mentioned films are basically one mindless explosion after another, interspersed with dumb one-liners throughout. great special effects. thats about it

        • Wow! And how do you know this already,from those action packed Avengers trailers with one liners and great special effects?

          • Because of who’s writing & directing, and the cast. They don’t pull strings to get this many good actors if they’re just going to have explosions and CG.

            I think the mixup here is that you’re basing your viewpoint on a couple trailers that highlight exciting moments, when in reality there’s 80% of the movie that isn’t in the trailers at all. Somehow you’re forgetting about that.

            • I hope you’re right Ken. The trailer for Iron Man 2 was a bunch of great one liners and CG too, but the movie itself ended up having little else to offer. I really hope Joss has lots up his sleeve with this one…

              • Honestly, I understand some people being skeptical that a superhero & blockbuster genre film could also have character development and plot. The reason I am so sure about this film, aside from the trailers and ads and everything, is that I know Joss Whedon’s work, specifically Serenity/Firefly & X-Men, and I know he was a big Avengers comics fan as a kid. His area of expertise is plot and characters, especially in stories where there are lots of folks to juggle.

                Yes, it could still turn out to just be a popcorn movie, but I have faith that it will be something more.

                • Serenity/Firefly…that’s it?

                  • “Specifically” means “these things, and there are others I’m not mentioning.”

                    So no.

                    • Just saying,because every time Joss Whedon name comes up its a link to Serenity/Firefly.

                    • Serenity and Firefly are my favorites of his, and his stint writing for X-Men, but his shows Buffy and Angel are great as well, and of course Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, which to this day is talked about with reverence.

                  • Joss Whedon was also one of the writers for Toy Story 1 & 3 and apparently, Alien: Resurrection.

            • what he ^^ said. thanks ken.

  7. Personally, I think we should just leave him as Dr Pym. I don’t really think any of his alter-egos (Yellowjacket,Giant-man, Ant-man)are exactly movie material IMO. Imagine him in the 360 shot, not exactly good for camera shots. Director’s nightmare. What would he be doing in the midst of such chaos? Espionage? We have the Widow already. I say they leave him as Pym. But I guess I’m in the minority…

    • Indeed. I’d love to see Dr. Pym make a cameo, it would be fantastic if he was a SHIELD scientist in a white lab coat. “Dr. Banner, I believe you know Dr. Pym’s work…”

  8. It’s still all just a warm-up for The Dark Knight Rises… :)

    • Other than both films containing comic book characters, they’re completely different, stylistically and thematically. I chuckle every time I see people get into the Avengers vs. TDKR battles. First of all, they’re not actually competing, second they’re not even remotely the same.

      It’s like getting in your mom’s minivan, and saying “haha I bet I can fit more people than your tool shed can!”

      • Going to see The Avengers before Dark Knight Rises is like going to see the latest Harry Potter movie. You just sit through it because it kills the time while waiting for Lord Of The Rings to come out.

        • Ha,Like.

    • Well. Apparently somebody’s a Harry Potter fan. :)

    • Jeffro, might as well ignore this guy… he’s obviously just trying to start an argument.

      • Hmm. Well, I did get called a troll but I see your point and I apologize, it wasn’t my original intention to be inflammatory. I’ll dial it back a bit and just say that this Avengers trailer is starting to make me think that other than the ensemble cast this movie isn’t really looking much better or worse than the other preceding Marvel movies, whereas in contrast I think Nolan’s clearly setting the bar higher with each Batman movie he’s made.

        • I can admit that the final product of TDKR might turn out better than Avengers. But can you do the reverse? That’s the problem I see with Nolanites. The last Avengers trailer is the best CBM trailer I have ever seen, but I can admit that it might be misleading. I plan on seeing TDKR but the last movie (TDK), while great on first viewing, was a bit underwhelming the 2nd time around.

          • TDK is one of those movies I never get tired of seeing *yet, V for Vendetta and Watchmen also.
            Superman Returns is another-well I’m a S fan so I should have kept that to myself.
            I also have some favorites,time will tell if Avengers will fall in on my list with Spiderman 2,Blade and Kickass to name a few,even Ang Lee’s HULK.

          • underwhelming. yes. it makes me sleepy watching that again. i regret paying new price for the bluray

  9. ouch. someone call 911, i’m a burn victim. oh wait, i do like the HP films. never mind, false alarm.

    i’ve been trying to put together a new mash-up trailer using all the footage, but i just dont have the patience with this free version of flv editor. very limited functions. i hope the guys who did the last one will do another one

  10. I’m still not sure why we only see Hawkeye sans mask or shades in 96% of every scene shown. Scarlet looks a bit puffy compared to her rump’n shape in Iron man.

    Other than those two little observations, I’m looking forward to seeing this..
    Oh yah, One more thing. My PC froze during one viewing of the trailer and it showed the aliens chasing Iron man are riding/flying sleds or something like flying scooters.
    I could clearly see their legs and arms and the separation between alien and tech.

    • I know what you mean. This year is a geek’s dream come true; I’m sure The Big Bang Theory will have an episode where Sheldon has some type of geek overload 😀 I wish everyone would just enjoy the ride and stop all the competition crap.

      • But doesn’t it seem as though we’ve seen three trailers for Avengers now that have all basically looked the same and shown roughly the same footage, other than adding a little more Hulk and some robots each time?

        I dunno, I really hope this isn’t another Iron Man 2…

        • That’s the nature of blockbuster trailers, especially if the director wants to keep plot elements under wraps. First trailer is more of a sneak, but includes some iconic moments, second trailer is more footage from the same scenes, plus a couple new bits, but still not revealing the plot. That formula fits with any good trailer.

          These days there are too many trailers that reveal the whole plot or give away too many things, and I’m glad Joss Whedon isn’t doing that.

        • What Ken said; and Marvel/Disney had me with the first trailer. And who said that was a robot? It might be some type of ship or a living being; we don’t know yet.

          • But I guess what I’m saying is that with these Marvel movie trailers it seems like from experience what we see is what we end up getting, as opposed to the Batman trailers, which we know by now from experience are just the tip of the iceberg. The Avengers is Marvel’s chance to up the ante and I’m really having my doubts after this last trailer that it isn’t just going to be more of the same of the movies that led up to all this, although I do hope I’m wrong.

            • I wouldn’t want to be Joss in this job…there’s not just several movies building up to this, there’s also 50 years of fans thinking “I wish they would make an Avengers film.”

              No matter what they do, no matter how big a climax, there’s going to be an element of “Ok, what next?”

              • I know Claremont and Byrne’s Proteus Saga from X-Men is JW’s favorite superhero comic, I bet it’ll have a big influence on how he approached this film and the team dynamics.

                • Indeed, good knowledge callback, sir.

                  I’ll also be curious to see if he works any elements from his Eisner Awarded X-men stories.

                  • Personally, I kiiinda doubt he’ll have looked to his AXM run for ideas, but you never know. I will make this prediction, however: In the Proteus storyline, Cyclops goads Wolverine into a fight after Wolverine gets spooked after his first encounter with the villain, in order to snap him out of it and get his game face back on. I bet Captain America does the same thing, either with Hawkeye or Iron Man, after their first encounter with Loki.

                    • For me, I would love it if during Avengers Cap has some kind of involuntary flashback to a WWII moment during a moment of duress…maybe someone on the team is about to bite it and he thinks back to Bucky.

                      Is it likely? Meh, I don’t really know…but still. If I were writing the screen play I might for that.

            • i personally like nolan’s take on batman, but some people in here act like they are the most amazing films ever made, and are the standard by which all films should be made, when in fact, they are “pretty good” at best. same with the marvel films. there was not one thing in BB, or TDK that made me go “oh crap did you see that!” i did say that when they showed the shot of the heros together. (that doesnt meant i think 1 movie is better than the other. it’s all opinion.) the best stunt in TDK was the semi-truck flip, and they showed that in the trailer. heath ledger did a great job portraying the joker as a deranged psycho. that is about the highlight of the movie. i don’t know what “iceberg” you are referring to.

              • @Jeffro,

                I hear you on the lack of “Wow!” factor in flicks these days.
                Personally, I call it the Matrix factor.
                Matrix one had like 4 scenes that made you wet your pants and the second one had the fight opening scene and the highway fight.
                Blade had the blood shower opening sequence.. but since then the movies just haven’t been able to raise the hackles on my neck.
                Hopefully we get a reversal of that sad trend this flick.

  11. Black Widow’s lines are delivered horribly.

    • @Ken so you’re saying you want cap to suffer from a bout of PTSD like some Vietnam vet who flies off the hinges every time a car backfires? 😀

    • i disagree. i loved the smirk on her face when she said “i’ll persuade you.”

  12. Ya know, was it really clear that Bucky died in the Cap movie? I thought it was kind of ambiguous, I was expecting them to take a cue from Ultimates and have Bucky and Cap’s love interest (can’t remember her name) become an old couple, and one of the first people Nick Fury takes him to meet in modern day…

    • Ah ha, yes, but Cap doesn’t know…he thinks Bucky DID die. So whether he returns as Winter Soldier is totally up in the air.


    • i read all of that too, it seems to me that it was more like the opening sequence and if so, IM ALL IN!!!!!!!