When the new Avengers poster was released yesterday, I complained that it was both pointless and not very well constructed. Today, we have an Avenger's trailer that fits the former but also manages to step firmly out of the latter. As I said before, I'm getting pretty tired of "crumbling New York City" as being the only backdrop, and I certainly hope that the movie is a bit more diverse. On the other hand, we get some great money shots and pretty big hints as to where writer/direct Joss Whedon is going with the characters.
When it comes to superhero team movies, we've really seen one of two different results. The film either ends up zeroing in on one character to the detriment of the others (see X-men), or it tries to focus on all of them and turns into a shallow mess (see the Fantastic Four movies). I don't want either to happen with the Avengers, as each team member (or, at least the big four) really deserves to be a crucial part of the story. From the looks of it, though, Whedon is taking sort of a Firefly route by turning the team into a dysfunctional family.
I like that, and when you consider just how different the members are, it seems like it would make sense. I say there's a 99% chance that Steve Rogers will, at some point, get on Tony Stark's nerves by saying that he never lived up to his father's legacy, or something similar. Few people in Hollywood can write characters better then Whedon, so I'm pretty confident that a risk as big as this film is going to pay off, and pay off well. It'd be one hell of a disappointment if it didn't, right?