I praised the inventive “premake” trailers of Ivan Guerrero six months ago, but have neglected to keep up with his work. My friend Stefan Blitz, proprietor of Forces of Geek, luckily keeps up with dad-gum near everything — so when I’m able to peruse that site I find gems like Guererro’s trailer for The Avengers (1952).
Marvel Comics’ The Avengers, soon to be a major for-reals motion picture, didn’t hit the racks until 1963. Save for Captain America, who debuted in 1941, none of its members came along until at least a decade after the purported date of this concoction — hence the “premakes” moniker — which is the whole fun of it. Beyond the shots from Republic Pictures’ actual 1944 Captain America serial (bearing very little resemblance to the four-color source material) it’s all totally re-contextualized by Guerrero, much of it so brilliantly you want to dance. And even if you think you’ve spotted every reference there was to spot, you should watch the version with pop-up keys to the content.
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