The more footage that is shown for the 2012 Avengers movie, the clearer it becomes that this is essentially a popcorn film made with actors posing as action figures amid explosions.
… right on.
My two cents’ worth:
This is the clearest footage that we have seen of the new Mark Ruffalo Hulk and he looks great. The animation is fluid and the brutish design a solid take on the character, similar to the one drawn by Buscema or Byrne. I enjoyed the Incredible Hulk design, but this is more classic. It should finally ‘sell’ the hero to the masses.
This is our third time seeing Iron Man on the big screen and he is still just as awesome. The whirring mechanisms, the jetboots and repulsor rays are just spot on.
Both Captain America and Hawkeye share some truly incredible moments as they enter the fray with gymnastic grace and nerves of steel (is Cap falling from the sky at one point??). Still not sure about Black Widow using a sidearm alongside the other Avengers. It just looks a bit silly.
It’s still unclear just who or what Loki has allied himself with to attack the human race, but it appears to be technological rather than mystical in origin. The spacecraft and armored Leviathan see, very unlike anything seen on Asgard in any case.
The Avengers are not the Fantastic Four or the X-Men. Both of those superhero teams have emotional connections and dramatic origins while the Avengers is more like a sampler of the best characters Marvel Comics has to offer. For that reason alone I don’t expect much in the way of story, which still worries me as Whedon has been heavily promoted as the writer (working off of a script already in development when he signed on). I just hope that, unlike Tony Stark, Whedon is a team player and not a diva.
We’ll all see together this May.