Marvel Studios has released a new, full-length trailer for their upcoming superhero mashup The Avengers. So that's mildly exciting, eh? There are all our new-ish friends, from Iron Man to Thor to The Scarlett Pimpernel (or whatever Johansson's character is called), all hanging out together to save Earth from a giant metal space centipede or whatever that thing is. The great Joss Whedon directed this picture, so there's good reason to hope that it will be a fun, rollicking ride. That said, we hope this is the end of superheroes.
After last summer's four-hero onslaught (Thor, Captain America, X-Men: First Class, The Green Lantern) we have superhero fatigue. Thankfully there are only three superhero movies this summer, and two of the big caped crusader franchises could, potentially, be ending. Christopher Nolan's brilliant Batman trilogy concludes in July with The Dark Knight Rises, which will be fun. And, who knows, maybe this Avengers movie will end the big Marvel assault that we've endured, mostly enjoyably, since Iron Man first blasted into our faces. Granted, it doesn't seem very likely that they'll stop here, but maybe there will at least be a slight reprieve? A pause for regrouping? That would be nice. The superhero resurgence was fun and all, but we need a break.