There were a lot of major panels this past weekend at New York Comic Con, but the biggest by far was the Marvel Sudios panel for The Avengers! The movie, coming to theaters next Summer, is the culmination of six years of films, bringing together such comic book (and now cinematic) heroes such as Iron-Man, Captain America, The Hulk and Thor along with newcomers such as Hawkeye and Black Widow in the ultimate comic book team-up movie. The panel saw the first big-screen presentation of the brand new Avengers trailer, as well as an exclusive first look at a scene from the film… and featured much of the cast of the super hero movie live to answer questions from fans!
[photogallerylink id=55493 align=left]Kevin Feige, the man behind all the great Marvel films came out first, and shared the brand new Avengers trailer with the packed crowd. When I first saw the trailer online last week, it left me a little cold… it was good, but not great. But seeing it on the big screen, in a room full of die-hard fans really made it come to life– each action beat was thrilling and each piece of great banter between the heroes really popped. It ramped the experience up, and left me dying to see more as soon as possible.
Fortunately, they came prepared and screened an all-new scene from the film as well, which made its world debut at NYCC! In the scene, Natasha Romanov (Scarlet Johansson) tracks down the fugitive scientist, and Hulk alter-ego Bruce Banner in India. The two share a great scene in which Romanov, AKA Black Widow, tries to recruit Banner to join the team to help them, while trying to keep Banner calm enough that he doesn’t “hulk out” and destroy the building– and her. The dialogue between the two was sharp and very well done, with some great beats that pay off in the end. Just from this one scene it’s clear that The Avengers is going to be a BIG movie, with a much larger scope than earlier Marvel movies, which is great since I still feel the one thing lacking in the Iron-Man movies is scope; it worked well to keep the first one a small story, but the sequel never seemed to get as big as it should have been. This time out there’s a real global sense to the adventure this time out, and to the danger our heroes face.