<i>By <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/LucasSiegel>Lucas Siegel, Newsarama Editor</a></i> <p>The second full trailer for <b>Marvel's The Avengers</b> arrived on Wednesday (<a href=http://www.newsarama.com/common/media/video/player.php?aid=45739>watch it here</a>, though you probably already have), and with it came a host of new footage that an ardent observer could dissect and examine down to the last screenshot if motivated. <p>And that's pretty much exactly what we did. <p>After watching the two-and-a-half minute clip over and over and over and over we've gathered the 10 observations that struck as the most notable and relevant, whether it be in possible plot details (which are still scant, just more than two months away from the film's May 4 release date), how the film is being marketed or just stuff that looked especially cool. <p>If you're ready to take a closer look at the trailer for the latest Marvel Studios production, click "start here" in the upper-left corner. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p>
The trailer makes it obvious within the opening seconds: The stakes for this film are big, a good couple notches above the five previous Marvel Studios productions. <p>"War has started," Nick Fury says, and the scenes of devastation make it clear that's not just hyperbole. What's even more telling is what he says to Loki a little further into the trailer: "You have made me very desperate."
Though <i>Iron Man</i> and <i>Iron Man 2</i> were both set in Los Angeles, this skyline shot establishes that Stark Industries has relocated or expanded to New York City, the traditional home of the Avengers.
The new trailer shows off the first on-screen appearance of Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill, though it's a brief, non-speaking glimpse. <p>We might have to wait until the film's release to see how Smulders known for comedy as part of the <i>How I Met Your Mother</i> ensemble approaches the role, but given director Joss Whedon's penchant for female characters, it's a safe bet that she'll have some good material to work with.
It's a staple of comic book team-ups two (or more) heroes meet, and due to some type of misunderstanding, fight before eventually realizing that they're on the same side. <p>Provided that the scenes of Captain America, Iron Man and Thor aren't the result of some kind of mind control, it looks like that's happening in <b>Avengers</b> and come on, who wouldn't want to see at least a little bit of hero-on-hero violence in the film? Given Hulk's line, "We're not a team, we're a time bomb," it looks like intra-team conflicts might be a major motif of the movie.
About a minute-and-a-half into the trailer is this intriguing shot, of a large group of civilians kneeling before Loki. <p>Not only does it call to mind the obvious "Kneel before Zod!" reference, it perhaps sheds a bit more light to his motivations instead of just causing chaos and destruction on Earth (he's the God of Mischief, after all), is Loki bent on enslaving the planet?
Nearly all of the main cast Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki and even Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson all get at least one line in the trailer. <p>That only leaves out Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, who despite a couple of cool shots in the clip, remains silent. Given Renner's prominent role in December's hit <I>Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol</i>, it's a curious decision from a marketing standpoint, but maybe it was just too tricky to put focus on a ninth character in only 150 seconds.
Who saves the day when Iron Man gets shot out of the sky? Not Thor, not Black Widow in a Quinjet... no, it's the Incredible Hulk who leaps to his rescue and catches him before slowing their descent with the help of a building. <p>We've heard before at New York Comic Con that Hulk would be a little brainier, and Bruce Banner would be able to control the shift into his greener side, but this is the first scene that shows a Hulk who is actively working together with the team.
You're teamed up with a god, a super soldier, a rage monster and perhaps the most brilliant inventor who has ever lived (and has a shiny, nigh-invincible suit of armor). You're fighting against another god and his army of aliens. It's safe to say that "This is something we've never trained for," as Black Widow says to Hawkeye, is the understatement of the century for one powerless spy who looks good in skintight leather to say to a powerless special ops soldier who is good with a bow and arrow. <p>The presence of non-powered heroes like Black Widow and Hawkeye among the Avengers is something comic book fans are used to at this point, but it'll be interesting to see how Whedon explores their role in the movie.
Bringing a handgun to a fight with an alien army and a god is like bringing a butter knife to a fight with an alien army and a god. Is this seriously the best S.H.I.E.L.D. can do for one of their top agents? Get this girl a rocket launcher or something at least! Maybe some Stark tech?
When Loki tries to bring about the end of the world, this is what's sure to follow: the Midgard Serpent, based directly on Jörmungandr from Asgardian myth. <p>Remember what we said about the stakes being high in this film?