'The Avengers' TV Spot: Loki Rules, Captain America Battles

Tom Hiddleston Loki The Avengers
Tom Hiddleston as Loki, The Avengers

My two favorite parts in this The Avengers TV spot – “Roll Call” (please scroll down), featuring Tom Hiddleston and Robert Downey Jr – are the following:

  • New York City cops firing their guns at alien invaders. That's sort of like a bunch of five-year-olds firing their water pistols at an approaching tank about to turn them into human pulp.
  • Tom Hiddleston's Loki telling Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark/Iron Man: “We have an army.” How can you not root for that guy? It helps that Hiddleston, unlike Downey Jr, is taking his role quite seriously – i.e., he's not begging the audience for a response, he's truly bringing a character to life.

Directed by Joss Whedon (who produced and wrote the upcoming The Cabin in the Woods), The Avengers opens May 4. In addition to War Horse's Tom Hiddleston and Sherlock Holmes' Robert Downey Jr, The Avengers features Captain America: The First Avenger's Chris Evans as the Captain, The Kids Are All Right's Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Se7en's Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, and Rush's Chris Hemsworth as Thor.

Also: Match Point's Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, The Town's Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Pulp Fiction's Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Mamma Mia!'s Stellan Skarsgård, Logan's Run's Jenny Agutter, The Storm Awaits' Cobie Smulders, and the voices of Paul Bettany and Lou Ferrigno.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki / The Avengers photo: Zade Rosenthal / Walt Disney Studios.

Chris Evans Captain America The Avengers Chris Hemsworth Thor
Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, The Avengers

“Every team needs a captain.” The Earth is in apocalyptic danger and needs to be saved. From global warming? Nah. Psycho humans with too much power and too little sense of ethics? Nah. The right answer: From Loki and his invading alien army. What to do? Bring back Captain America. Check out the Captain America / The Avengers TV spot below.

Chris Evans sure looks the part of a superhandsome, superbuffed-up, superhero. But can he fly? Perhaps he doesn't have to. Anyhow, the Captain America sequel comes out in 2014.

Directed by Joss Whedon, The Avengers opens May 4. In addition to Evans – who deserves an Oscar for not cracking up while delivering his lines – The Avengers features Sherlock Holmes / Due Date's Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, The Kids Are All Right / Shutter Island's Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Shakespeare in Love / Iron Man 2's Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, and Snow White and the Huntsman / Rush / The Cabin in the Woods' Chris Hemsworth as Thor.

Also: He's Just Not That into You / Lost in Translation / Match Point's Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, The Hurt Locker / Mission Impossible: IV - Ghost Protocol's Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and The Deep Blue Sea / Midnight in Paris' Tom Hiddleston as the villainous Loki.

And finally: Melancholia / Mamma Mia!'s Stellan Skarsgård, Pulp Fiction's Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Walkabout / Logan's Run's Jenny Agutter, The Storm Awaits' Cobie Smulders, and the voices of Paul Bettany and Lou Ferrigno.

Chris Hemsworth / Chris Evans / The Avengers photo: Walt Disney Studios.

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