THE AVENGERS TRAILER HAS BEEN RELEASED!
If you haven't seen it by now, a) what is wrong with you? And b) just press play on the video below.
So, I'm pretty excited about this. I've never been a huge Avengers fan, despite my namesake's involvement, but it is awesome to see such massive effort going into a comic book film. They signed all these guys for multiple-picture deals in order to weave this story together over Iron Man, Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America. Stupid Ed Norton had to drop out. Ah, well.
I LOVELOVELOVE Sam Jackson as Nick Fury. When Marvel launched the modernized Ultimates title, they fashioned the new Fury in Jackson's image and it is awesome [but not surprising given his love of comics... see review #10] that he signed on.
I think perhaps there has been a recent renaissance of sorts in the comic-book-movie industry... not sure when it started, but these movies are finally being made by people who truly love comics. In a recent interview about playing the new Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield said that it is something he has dreamed of his whole life. And judging from the quality of the recent franchise reboots [Batman, X-Men], I have faith in what the future holds.