The superhero movie event of next summer – The Avengers movie – released its first trailer today. It’s gonna be big!

Marvel Studios have been teasing the Avengers movie for a good couple of years now – ever since the end of the first Hulk movie a few years ago where some post credit scene had Samuel L. Jackson playing a black Nick Fury (A black Nick Fury, what is this, Ultimate Avengers? Sorry, comic boy geek joke there) talking about getting the Avengers together or something.

Anyway, I’ve been told that all the Marvel movies since then – I think Iron Man, Thor and Captain America are the ones we’re talking about – have had similar post credit scenes that have teased at a movie event where all these heroes would join up to fight crime or whatever it is they do. Although Spiderman isn’t involved. I guess he was never on the Avengers until recently and this is a more ‘classic’ line up or something. Anyway check out the trailer below and you get to see Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor all hanging out! Black Widow and Hawkeye are in it too but nobody probably cares about them except for me.

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The trailer itself looks OK, I mean all the big names are there (although the Hulk is confusingly played by Mark Ruffalo instead of Edward Norton), there’s a Nine Inch Nails tune on the soundtrack and some witty one liners and big explosions and stuff but I just can’t get that excited by it. You would think I would be really excited about the prospect of an Avengers movie, what with being a comic book geek and everything, but I’m not really that interested. I haven’t even bothered to see any of the Marvel movies that have come out because I was always get angry that they mess around with the stories too much and don’t stay true to the comic book version.

Obviously I realise that this is necessary to make the transition to the big screen but it still frustrates me. The idea of bringing together characters from a bunch of movies into one big movie is definitely cool though, and I admire the way Marvel have set about it and have been planting the seeds for a while. I probably won’t bother going to see it though. Although the fact that it is directed by Joss Whedon – he made Buffy the Vampire Slayer if you’re dumb or something – might swing me. I guess we’ll see next summer.

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