The Avengers Trailer Has Assembled

It's been a long time coming, but the Avengers movie is finally coming together... or should we say assembling?

The project has long been one of the most anticipated Hollywood films of the last decade. From the time Marvel hit it big at the movie theaters with the original Spider-Man and the X-Men movies, everyone was asking whether they had it in them to put together a movie about their universe's most formidable group.

But it wasn't going to be as easy as simply making an Avengers movie. The group has at least four major characters who deserve their own, uninterrupted origin stories. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Incredible Hulk all deserve to have their stories told without too much interference from another major, overlying plot. And for the most part, these four major characters have received just that.

It all started in 2008 with "Iron Man", a ridiculously fresh comic book movie that was very well received by audiences and critics, thanks in large part to Robert Downey Jr. as the title character. The sequel didn't measure up, arguably either because of incompetent directing or studio interference, but earlier this summer, Marvel delivered again with both Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans). While these two films were made knowing that there would eventually be an Avengers blockbuster, they managed to properly tell the origin stories of their title characters, while giving us a fun an entertaining story with plenty of action.

Along the way, we were also introduced to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and others. Mark Ruffalo joins the cast as Bruce Banner / Hulk, replacing his friend Edward Norton, who also charmed us in his 2008 reboot.

All the abovementioned films have dealt with international security threats. In Thor's case, that threat was even intergalactic. Needless to say, Marvel and writer/director Joss Whedon had to come up with something epic enough to need to assemble several of the world's greatest heroes to push that threat back. Interestingly, that threat looks to be led by Thor's adoptive brother and the Norse God of mischief Loki (Tom Hiddleston), but the trailer you're about to see manages to hide whatever forces Loki's managed to assemble, giving us a little mystery heading into the film's May 2012 release, although we have had some potential spoilers to that regard.

All in all, we have to say that the hype heading into the film has managed to maintain its original level without fizzling off. Marvel and Disney have done an incredible job of keeping the buzz going for over a year now, dating back to the first on-stage appearance of the entire cast at the 2010 Comic-Con. Marvel was notoriously absent from this year's even, but they are slated to be at the New York Comic-Con next week.

For now, we get the first trailer, so enjoy:

As far as we can tell, this is still a teaser. The Avengers trailer doesn't really tell us anything we don't know, but gives us some witty RDJ banter, a lot of pondering superheroes looking out into the distance, and almost a trollface from Loki. There's still a lot left to be revealed, but we like what we see so far, and there's no reason not to trust Joss Whedon, who seems to have been given ample freedom to make the film he wants to.

Let us know what you think in the comments, and look out for more Avengers news in the coming weeks.

"The Avengers" stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard. Written and directed by Joss Whedon, it is set to hit theaters May 4, 2012.