After they blew everyone away at Comic-Con with unstoppable Avengers-related preview hype, it's certainly no surprise that Marvel's iconic super-team would gain a strong foothold in the imaginations of fanboys across the world. (Especially with the announcement that it will be presented in 3D.) Case in point, the latest retro-trailer by aspiring filmmaker Ivan Guerrero. While he's already been knocking these out of the park with his amazing trailers for Ghostbusters and The Empire Strikes Back, this time, he tackles the latest object of fanboy drool in The Avengers. Utilizing a plethora of footage from vintage movies and TV shows (he provides the full recipe in the YouTube description), we experience yet another masterpiece in his rapidly-growing resume of edited faux trailers.
While the theme of the trailer has it placed in 1952, it does seem to convey more a feeling from film serials of the 30's and 40's. Even from the opening moment of the trailer with the beautifully-antiquated Timely/Atlas Studios reference (who, of course would evolve into Marvel Comics), to the instantly-recognizable clips from classics like Flash Gordon, The Thing from Another World, and even Diana Rigg from those "other Avengers," it's a cornucopia of coolness.
How would The Avengers look if it were somehow adapted by Hollywood 11 years before their first issue even hit stands? Something like this, I guess -- except maybe with giant atomic insects, babies smoking cigarettes, and women in pointy-bras with awkwardly-tight-cinched waistlines.
Also worth checking out, is the annotated frame-by-frame breakdown of the video. You really will appreciate how much work clearly went into this.