‘Avengers’ Teaser: Earth’s All-Time Mightiest Trailer?

The Talk Nerdy team consults comic book and movie experts for their opinions on the second theatrical trailer for "Marvel's The Avengers."
By Josh Wigler

Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. in "The Avengers"
Photo: Marvel Studios

Help me out here, guys: Am I really the only one out there who thinks the new "Marvel's The Avengers" trailer is the best superhero trailer of the past year?

Sure, we've had excellent spots for "Dark Knight Rises" and "Amazing Spider-Man" in recent months, but did either of those feature the Incredible Hulk running full-sprint toward the sky to catch a battered and broken Iron Man? No, they didn't — yet somehow, I'm the only person on Talk Nerdy who seems really, truly psyched for everything "Avengers" has to offer.

As you'll see in this week's episode of Talk Nerdy below, my friends and co-hosts Eric Ditzian and Brian Phares are nowhere near as jazzed about "The Avengers" as I am. In fact, they're quite worried about the Marvel movie. I share some of their concerns, sure, but more than anything, I'm seriously bummed that their levels of excitement are so low after watching the newest trailer for Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Their reactions got me thinking: Am I losing my mind? Am I alone in my "Avengers" fan fever dream? I reached out to several colleagues and pals in the film and comic book space to get their opinions on the new trailer, and thankfully for my mental health, it seems I'm not alone in my copious praise.

"I just have one word to describe the new trailer: BIG!" MTV Geek editor Valerie Gallaher said. "To see the core Avengers characters together and in action on such a colossal playing field is just a dream come true. And Hulk looks great and believable, which is a real relief for me."

"The new footage showcasing Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man was invincible; the glimpse of Stark Tower, exquisite; and the promise of more Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, incredible. We even got a quick look at Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill," offered Steve Sunu with Comic Book Resources. "While the trailer didn't really defy any expectations for Earth's Mightiest Movie, it certainly met them — and piqued our interest as to why the Avengers are fighting Decepticons to the soundtrack of 'Inception.' "

Of course, my buddy Steve is referring to the giant monster/ spaceship seen at the end of the trailer. Popular theories are pointing to the creature being a Marvel Studios variation on Fin Fang Foom, the massive, shape-shifting space dragon from comic book lore. Jordan Hoffman offered some opinions on the mystery antagonist in his latest Planet Fanboy column for NextMovie, and also added his assessment of the "Avengers" trailer.

"Will there be a better movie than 'Marvel's The Avengers' this summer? Maybe ... probably," he said. "I mean, 'The Dark Knight Rises' and 'Prometheus' are looking outrageous. Will there be a trailer that draws more breath from the daydreams of comic-reading fanboys? I strongly doubt it."

Exactly my point. "Avengers" might not be the best geek movie coming out in 2012, but I'm hard pressed to identify a trailer with more geekgasm-worthy material. As Comics Alliance's senior editor Caleb Goellner put it: "The new 'Avengers' trailer was essentially what every fan has been waiting for since Nick Fury broke into Tony Stark's pad after the 'Iron Man' credits. Previous promotions did well with broadcasting the film's human drama, but admittedly had me worried about its special effects budget. The new trailer slayed my concerns. The Hulk didn't just catch Iron Man in this thing; the dude caught my heart."

Couldn't have said it better myself, Caleb.

What did you think of the "Avengers" trailer? Tell us in the comments section or let me know on Twitter @roundhoward!

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