Closer Look: The Avengers – Russian Trailer

Ok ladies and gents, it’s time to introduce you to a new contributor to the site. Everybody say hello to Scott (check out his blog here). I felt it was time for a bit of testosterone around these parts, plus I don’t know much when it comes to comics and graphic novels. As they’re normally pretty massive and big budget affairs, I thought they deserved a little more indepth analysis. And this is where Scott comes in. So, it’s time to hand you over to Scott and his thoughts on the new, Russian trailer for The Avengers:

It seems reasonably obvious from this that essentially, this is Robert Downey Jr.’s show… Technically, that’s not always a bad thing, but when you’re running a show with a 6-8 character ensemble, there has to be a line drawn. Tony Stark appears to be the backbone of The Avengers, delivering some dialogue with an obvious ‘leaderish’ overtone. If this is how the entirety of the film pans out then I’m gonna be giving a thumbs down.

The trailer does offer us a snippet of new clips, including an interaction between Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Bruce Banner, played by indie thesp – Mark ’Ruffles’ Ruffalo. We also see a little more of Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) showcasing his marksmanship talents – though in light of all this, Downey is still abundant throughout.

But this film does indeed look the part. There’s a lot of enticing quick shots of character interaction (I’m hoping these are expanded in future TV spots) and all the characters are faithfully realised from their comic counterparts which bodes well. Barton’s costume is not the classic Hawkeye getup, but rather adapted from Mark Millar’s ‘Ultimates’ run, a long-rumoured source material for the overall narrative of the film. I really love Tom Hiddleston as Loki, as he brings real menace and an undeniably evil charm – the trailer’s first few intense close up shots of him are particularly effective.

I’m not as overly excited as I was for this film, I’m very on the fence, and as previously stated, I feel the film’s biggest hill to climb will be utilising each character to their full potential.

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