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Three and a half years ago, the final scenes of Iron Man promised Geek Culture worldwide that, at long last, the genre-defying shared-universe continuity that had fueled the superhero genre for decades in comics was finally going to be made manifest on the big screen. For as long as there have BEEN superhero movies, this has been the just-out-of-reach Holy Grail - "the one thing" that comics could do but movies couldn't or wouldn't.

But now it's coming, in less than a year, as "The Avengers." For now, we have the first "real" teaser trailer. As before, here we go frame-by-frame...

00:01 - 00:12 sweeping pan of city, people looking up. The "go to" visual-cues for "this is a big damn movie!" since ID4.

00:13 Gasoline explosions and flipping cars. "See? I told you this was a big damn movie!" says Mister Trailer. The voice hissing "you were meant to be ruled!" is, of course, Tom Hiddleston as Loki; late of Thor and (so far as anyone knows) the villain of the piece.

00:14 - 00:17 Telltale sign of a teaser trailer being "cut" while they're still making the movie: People staring, fleeing or firing guns offscreen at... nothing; presumably to be filled by something large and/or flying (judging by the angles) in post-production.

00:18 - 00:23 Loki, revealed and sporting a new look since last we saw him. Most theatrical audiences seeing this before their feature probably won't know what it is at first - at this point, are some thinking "Oh, its Thor 2 already?"

00:24 - 00:28 More gasoline-pyro, more flipping cars, more people fleeing from someone/something to be added later. All kidding aside, that's a pretty solid "money-shot" for this sort of thing.

00:29 - 00:31 Unidentified buildings, presumably some sort of SHIELD/military installation.

00:32 - 00:35 Nick Fury exits a helicopter, cut to Marvel Studios logo. "Oh, so that's what this is!"

00:40 Clark Gregg as SHIELD Agent Coulson, so far THE breakout supporting character of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe (and soon the ANIMATED Universe, too.) Do people know he's also a director? He made Choke. You should see it.

00:42 From behind, left-to-right: Bruce Banner, Black Widow and Captain America. Probably safe to assume these interiors are The Helicarrier, a flying aircraft carrier SHIELD uses because... well, if you had one wouldn't you?

00:44 - 00:45 Captain America meets his new 21st Century uniform. I'm really curious as to the context of this scene - the outfit is preserved like a museum piece, as in "this is Captain America's gear;" but it's NOT his actual gear (it can't be, he was wearing said gear when he was frozen) and in fact looks like a modernized version of the "costume" he wore at USO appearances. I'd really like it if there was a "bit" about that in there, re: Cap's legend having gotten exaggerated/embellished in the 70 years he's been "away."

00:46 The Mighty Thor, photographed at an appropriately-dutched angle.

00:47 Bruce Banner, in one of those situations wherein he insists we wouldn't like him. I wonder where he "is" here, given that Banner was left as a world-wandering fugitive at the end of The Incredible Hulk.

00:48 Captain America wails on a punching bag, in one of the surprisingly few scenes repeated from the pre-teaser-teaser that was attached to the end of his movie.

00:49 Thor calls down some lightning, being the God of that particular natural force. I'm wondering what it means that he's going bare-armed here a'la "classic" Silver Age Thor, when he had the "modern" plated-armor on the arms in his debut movie.

00:50 Black Widow is cool - you can tell, because she doesn't look at the explosion. A shamelessly gratuitous "smoking-hot-action-girl" shot. I have no objection to this.

00:52 Jeremy Renner as "Hawkeye," previously glimpsed in Thor. It's funny how everyone seems to think that A.) they're the first person EVER to notice that "man who has a bow" (and "lady who knows karate," for that matter) are odd additions to a team already featuring an indestructible monster and a literal god; and B.) that the movie somehow won't address this with one or more "THAT'S why we need this person!") hero-moments.

00:53 Loki in custody, apparently. I like the idea that the Norse God of Mischief is being "perp-walked." Also, this is pretty good evidence that Loki won't be the only villain/threat in this - since "goes to jail" is probably a weak exit, maybe he gets grabbed somewhere near midpoint so something "new" can turn up to cause trouble.

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