Japanese trailers are generally awesome. Always complete with a kick ass voice over and epic sub titles, so why should the Japanese trailer for The Avengers be any different? The trailer was recently released, along with some new character posters. What should you expect from this trailer as opposed to the one we showed you not too long ago? How about your first real good look at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier? Or the first spoken lines from Hawkeye and Maria Hill? And an even better look at the mysterious alien race Loki enlists in his quest? How about a cameo from an Iron Man alumni? Yep, that’s all in there.
But I like to make you wait, so here are the brand new character posters first, from ScreenRant. While you look at the posters you can read an interview with Joss Whedon from Collider as he goes into detail about the runtime of the movie, the alien race NOT being the Skrull or Kree, and whether or not us nerdboys will get some Easter Egg gold:
“My first cut was three hours long and it’s now down to 2 hours and 15 minutes, and I’m extremely proud of that. I had always intended to go over two, under two and a half. There was no way a movie with this many great actors and this much epic scope was gonna clock in under two and not feel a little anemic, somebody wasn’t gonna get their moment if that happened. But at the same time, I get very angry that romantic comedies run over two hours long, it’s like ‘Guys, that’s not okay.’ More isn’t more. I don’t want anything in the movie that shouldn’t be.”
So what exactly did he cut to reduce the run time?
“There’s a lot of me that got cut out, but I think part of the process in a situation like this is you make the movie, you make your movie, then you remove yourself out of the equation. At some point you stop looking beyond The Avengers movie at your own stuff, you don’t look at that horizon you look at this movie and you go, ‘You know what, The Avengers are more important than I am so these things that I’m obsessed with aren’t necessarily moving the story forward, and therefore they are baggage.’ You can do that in a TV show, you can bring your baggage and sort of lay it out because you have a season to do it, but in a movie you actually have to remove yourself from the equation a bit and when I was finally able to do that, I saw a much clearer road to how to get the best experience for the audience.”
In regards to a Director’s Cut version:
“No [there won’t be a director’s cut on the DVD]. I… believe very strongly in putting the director’s cut into the theaters. I believe that the director’s cut is the best movie for the studio and the best version of the movie for the audience. I’ve never really been in a situation where I had to pull the beating heart out of something that I did. I think people get to see a lot of extraordinary extras because I did shoot a bunch of stuff that I love, but the movie is the movie I want it to be.”
On whether we can expect Easter Eggs from Whedon’s other work:
“I am not a fan of referencing your own work when it’s in a different universe than what you’re doing. That, to me, is a wink at the audience and winking isn’t actually cool when you’re not, like, 10. When I was 10 my girlfriend thought it was super cool that I could wink, but now you’re just sad if you do that.”
But what about Marvel Universe Easter Eggs?
“There are a couple of mentions of things; we were preserving the continuity and I threw in one or two things where I’m like, ‘Well this is something one of them would say because it’s part of the Marvel universe even if it’s not a part of this movie necessarily.’ I had such a job just making the thing coherent that I didn’t have time to play a lot of games, and I’m not really a fan of that. I do think fanboys will see more in certain bits than everybody else, but ultimately I want them all to have the same experience.”
And what about those damn aliens?
“I will say only this: It is not the Kree or the Skrulls… Those two aliens are Marvel mainstays and have enormous backstories. They have a big life of their own that just could not be contained in a film where I already had seven movie stars… The Skrulls — they can shape change. That’s a whole thing. I’ve already got Loki. He’s got magic. Once you got magic along with your Iron Man and your Black Widow — it’s a real juggling act.”
You can check out the rest of the interview at the link up top, which features some more info and his plans for a sequel. Also here’s all the posters put together to make a pretty epic poster:
All right, that’s enough waiting. Here is the Japanese trailer:
Very awesome. I like the 2 second clip of Pepper Potts, that’s a nice little cameo I don’t think a lot of us were expecting. As for what the trailer shows us, its obvious that the team undergoes a terrible first outing, especially with the first lines uttered so far by Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders. That is to be expected, as no super team ever has a great first mission.
There are also a few images of the alien race, but even slowing down and zooming in on some of these images, I can’t pinpoint a specific Marvel race. I think we might all have to wait until may 4th before we finally learn the identity of Loki’s army. Hawkeye finally get’s some lines in the trailer as well, even if it is a quick three words. And how about that Helicarrier, right? Looks frakkin amazing.
So obviously I am excited for this movie, made even more so by the great trailer on top of a few great trailers. May 4th can’t come soon enough.
What did you think of the trailer? Tired of all the hype? Is The Avengers on your list of movies to watch this year? Sound off in the comments section below!