The first clip from the Avengers movie online, featuring Scarlett Johansson playing sassy female superhero the Black Widow, attracted thousands of hits in a few hours and some pretty strong comments about the heavily jump cut action sequence.
The scene opens with the Black Widow talking to her boss by cell phone while tied to a wooden chair, about to be interrogated by three Russians, one of them obviously old-style military.
The fluidity of her boobs in her strappy dress as she performs somersaults and back-flips while still wearing the chair before finally smashing it off, attracted the usual puerile interest on the YouTube website, but seems likely to be a strong attraction for moviegoers too.
Giving the feminine point of view at Wired Magazine's Underwired column, Angela Watercutter praises Director Joss Whedon for his realisation of this sassy comicbook action hero, also known as Natasha Romanoff.
it’s nice to see Romanoff get some butt-kicking screen time — most of the trailers and teasers thus far have featured the boy Avengers much more than her.
The clip has mostly pleased the many fans hungry for advanced footage, since previous previews have been of the superheroes who have already featured in their own movies, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America. In Rebecca Ford's article, Whedon points out how the movie brings together the different characters in an unlikely alliance of people who do not belong together and do not necessarily get along together. Marvel fans are interested to see how the Black Widow fits in to that situation.
Heavy jump cut usage in the online clip is as rough and ready as the action, the fans noticed, with what they say are badly disguised switches from star Scarlett Johansson to her stunt double in at least 17 fast cuts during the mere 43 seconds of the clip, but no doubt the movie will be smoother product.
Almost a million fans signed up to the Marvel's The Avengers Facebook site stand a chance of being treated to special FB fan preview screenings in five American cities. The Avengers nationwide release in 3D and IMAX is scheduled for May 4.