Attendees of Disney’s D23 Expo were able to get an exclusive first look at extended footage from The Avengers, and the folks at io9 were nice enough to furnish the world with all of the juicy details. And yes, there will be spoilers.
Their initial reaction was that the film looks awesome. io9’s extended discussion of the footage backs up the claim. While the footage is currently unavailable to the public, io9 broke it down fairly extensively. Here are some of the better moments (as described by io9):
The footage then shows a bunch of action sequences, including a fighter jet flying over a city, an explosive truck chase, and – most intriguingly – a shot of Captain America and Thor apparently fighting each other, with Thor about to bring the hammer down on Cap’s shield. All the while, we hear Nick Fury explain the mission statement of the Avengers: “There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if they could become more. To fight the battles we never could.”
But the most epic exchange comes at the end, as Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) is behind a bar counter, mixing himself a drink. He describes his teammates: “Let’s do a head count. We’ve got a couple master assassins, a demigod, and a living legend who kinda lives up to the legend” – that’d be Black Widow and Hawkeye, Thor, and Captain America. It’s then that we learn Stark is talking to Loki: “And you, big fella, have managed to piss off every single one of them.”
To this, Loki responds, “I have an army.” Stark’s eminently quotable and awesome response? “We have a Hulk.” We then see the Hulk roar, and the footage ends. While it’s still early days – indeed, filming is still two weeks from completion – this is looking very, very good so far.
With two weeks of shooting left, probability is in favor of this clip and others hitting (and/or leaking onto) the web sooner rather than later. Until then, the imagination is still the greatest theater in the world – enjoy it.
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