Yep, I’m late to the table with a post about the Avengers movie, but this one has been bugging me for awhile so I thought I’d take it to the interent, the most logical place to air grievances! Plus, now that everyone on the planet has scene the film we can get down to talking about details a little more freely.
A long while back I ranted about how during the trailer to Iron Man 2 they totally ruined a great moment by giving it away in the trailer. For those who don’t remember, when Tony Stark is being an idiot and racing his fancy race car, he’s attacked by Mush Face, I mean Whiplash. There he is, helpless and essentially naked before this powerful enemy. What is he going to do?! Well, if you saw the trialer you knew he was going to get out of it by busting out a suit of portable suitcase armor. A dramatic and tension filled moment completely ruined. Thanks to a trailer.
Well it happened again, folks. And it happened with Iron Man, no less! I only watched two of the trailers, but the second one that I saw was the one that did it. In fact, a lot of people pointed to that moment in the trailer saying how cool it was. If you don’t know what I’m talking about by now, it was when the Hulk caught Iron Man.
Now this is a big deal, because as I was watching Avengers I was waiting for this moment to pop up. About halfway through the big battle I thought, “Hey, Hulk hasn’t caught Iron Man yet…” and then things got more intense, stakes were raised, and Iron Man is making an ultimate sacrifice to save the citizens of New York City. So he’s now falling in an uncontrolled decent and the only thing I can think of is, “The Hulk is going to catch him.” Not, “Oh man, how is he going to get out of this one!?” Nope, I knew that the Hulk would catch him and he would be fine.
And yes, you could argue that I didn’t know in the follow up scene he’d be laying there with some question of whether or not he’d actually be dead, but still the dramatic tension of how was he not going to crash into the ground was gone.
You might be asking If I thought that Iron Man would actually die. That’s really not the point. You don’t go into many movies thinking there’s a chance that a main hero and a marquee star is going to bite it. You go to the movie to see what ways they’ll triumph over overwhelming odds. When the stakes are so high that I think there’s almost no chance the hero isn’t going to make it, I don’t want to know exactly how he or she is going to escape the predicament!
At this point, I’m surprised that they didn’t include the Loki and Hulk rag-doll moment in the trailer.