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The Avengers

Unfortunately, as of yet you can't watch a (legal) version of this online; but it's playing attached to the end credits of Captain America in most U.S. theaters.

The current version of this teaser actually starts out looking like just a preview of Captain America 2 - with Nick Fury interrupting Steve Rogers' angry workout with dire business about needing to save the world ... but then cuts away to scenes revealing that this is, in fact, The Avengers by showing quick glimpses of everybody else.

You can tell that they haven't shot a tremendous amount of footage for this yet, nor finished much of the (presumably numerous) effects shots. What they've got are brief looks at the main heroes, our first look at Mark Ruffalo as the new Bruce Banner (his Hulk form not yet shown), Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill, and lots of high-tech interiors one assumes to be the S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellicarrier. We also get to (briefly) see Captain America's new 21st Century costume (the blue parts are blue-er now) and what looks like Thor wearing a sleeveless variation on his costume. I'm going to assume that the odd shots of cars flipping over for seemingly no reason (the Spider-Man trailer has one of these, too) will be occupied by The Hulk in the final version.

The two "big deal" things are the next-to-last shot of all the main guys sitting at a big table, as if to say "Yes, all in the same movie. For real, yo," and two quick looks at Thor heavy Loki, evidently having traded his Asgardian armor for more of a Game of Thrones meets Seattle circa-1994 look. Loki was the main bad guy against whom the original Avengers united in the 60s comics, and he's been widely assumed to be the bad guy (but maybe not the only one) in this. If nothing else, his presence makes sense: Being a god, he's the only (still living) enemy from the previous Marvel films who might conceivably need a whole team to bring him down.

It's pretty incredible seeing this finally come together, I won't lie - but I'm getting a little sick of Marvel using the "angry-music/tagline/angry-music/tagline/angry-music/tagline/angry-music/title-card/punchline" formula for every trailer. This is the FIRST epic-crossover superhero movie, guys - how about an appropriately "Gods Walking the Earth" aura of awe and dignity for a change? Granted, it's not as obnoxious as Tool grinding over the credits of a WWII movie, but still.

Bob Chipman is a film critic and independent filmmaker. If you've heard of him before, you have officially been spending way too much time on the internet.

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