It goes without saying that Marvel's The Avengers was one of the most anticipated panels out of this weekend's D23 Expo. With only a small presence at the SDCC (revealing concept art) and so many photos coming out of the Cleveland set the past month from Joss Whedon's production, fans wanted a chance to check out more footage than what they saw at the tail end of Captain America: The First Avenger.
Well, Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel delivered on that front with four minutes of action previewed at last weekend's convention. Unfortunately, they have yet to reveal the footage online in an official capacity. When it does hit online, we'll pass it along.
For now though, you can check out some thoughts from The Avengers panel courtesy of our friend Ryan Turek from Shock Til You Drop. He was in attendance and had the following to say on some of the teaser clips.
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) takes his place in a prison of glass and metal. We presume he's on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellicarrier. Loki assesses his surroundings, but doesn't appear impressed. More amused. Nick Fury types away on a keypad nearby, threatening that if Loki even touches the glass, he'll meet a certain doom. But again, Loki isn't deterred by this. He's confident this prison won't hold him. Fury begs to differ, saying it was built to hold something powerful.
"You threaten my world with war. Steal a force you can't control. You have made me desperate," Fury says. Hinting, of course, to the Tesseract (the Cosmic Cube) seen in Captain America. Loki and Fury continue their tête-à-tête and we find that the Avengers have been assembled in another room and they're listening in. Elsewhere on the Helicarrier, we get a glimpse of Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), also monitoring the Fury/Loki encounter.
This extended scene flows well; the dialogue has a tight rhythm as these two large personalities, separated by glass, face one another. The intensity palpable. One gets the sense if Loki wants out... he'll get the hell out. But there's something else simmering in his motivations and, of course, we don't know what it is, because this scene gives way to a second teaser trailer, of sorts.
To read Ryan's full report, click here. And sound off with your thoughts below.
Marvel's The Avengers will strike theaters May 4, 2012.