The THOR trailer has hit the web and I figured it’d be prudent to get my thoughts out of the way. The last time an anticipated trailer hit it was for Green Lantern and the only thing I could take away from it was how simultaneously it broke from the established canon while remaining faithful in other areas. With the Thor trailer, we get what seems like a more by-the-book adaptation of the character than with some other characters. The backstory is well established, with Thor being cast out of Asgard by Odin for being an arrogant young god. Obviously they’re weaving hints at the upcoming Avengers film by making SHIELD a heavy part of his arrival on earth.
All I can say is that this looks like another big win for Marvel, especially considering that Thor as a character is one that could be considered one of the more difficult to adapt with his bombastic over-the-top nature. Luckily, Marvel seems to know how to bring out the elements of the character that work without outright changing him. DC, from what has been presented, seemed to think Hal Jordan as he exists in the comics was too boring and decided to shake him up into an almost unrecognizeable figure. I’m glad that’s not the case here.
Joblo is reporting this morning that Jeremy Renner, he of The Hurt Locker fame, is officially on board as Hawkeye in the upcoming Avengers maga-film. I think it’s pretty darn good casting. He’s got the look for it, and the attitude. What remains to be seen is whether or not they’re going to go the Ultimate route or the 616 original. Does this man truly have the balls to wear a blue and purple scale-mail jumpsuit and hop around shooting a bow and arrow? If he does, he’s more of a man than I am because I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing Hawkeye’s uniform.
So what we have so far for an Avengers team is this : Nick Fury, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and the possibility of War Machine and Black Widow. Will Ant-Man and the Wasp show up? Is the Hulk still a factor? I don’t know. I just know that the film is shaping up to be something really interesting, but we still have Thor and Cap’s solo films before the Avengers hit the screen, so that’s plenty of time to blindly speculate on what could happen before they ever get filming.