Honest trailers, ASSEMBLE!
It’s hard to believe that the Honest Trailers YouTube series has been around since 2012.
Created by Andy Signore and Brett Weiner of Screen Junkies, Emmy-nominated Honest Trailers have been narrated by Ptolemy Slocum, Gannon Nickell, and Jon Bailey and are ingeniously penned by head writer Spencer Gilbert.
Known for their witty criticisms and ability to call out plot holes, Honest Trailers began with a parody of Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace. As of January 2018, the Screen Junkies channel had over 1.9 billion views.
With hundreds of episodes and dozens of genres and franchises to choose from, we’re bringing you the best of Marvel, specifically of the Avengers. But be warned! You may not be able to watch them the same way again.
From the get go, this installment of Honest Trailers gets it right. “The film that only exists so non-nerds can recognize the blond guy in The Avengers“—a little too real. And now who could imagine the Marvel Cinematic Universe without Thor??
Watch the video for yourself, but it perfectly breaks down how Thor just sort of… happened, not to mention the great daddy drama Loki goes through and the fact that the entire film takes place over the course of a long weekend.
Highlights: Is this Rainbow Road?? (44″); daddy drama (1’08”); the awesome credits (2’05”).
4. “The Avengers”
When this video calls Joss Whedon “God of the Nerds” in the first few seconds, you know it’s going to be good.
From calling out Marvel selling the rights to some of its characters to helping us realize there sure is a heavy plot-to-action ratio, Why is S.H.I.E.L.D. so obsessed with Bluetooth headsets anyway?
Highlights: Aren’t there a few heroes missing here? (40″); this major character change for the Hulk (1’11”); the BROMANCE (1’56”); the one remaining question about the film (2’40”); the credits (2’50”).
3. “Captain America”
Of course the Cap makes an appearance on our list; after all, he was the first Avenger. This video is short and sweet, and pokes perfect fun at the innocent throwback flick filled with plot exposition that is Captain America.
And never forget the movie’s most important lesson: “It’s what’s on the inside that counts, except for when it comes to fighting. Or being respected. Or getting laid.”
Highlights: Boy bod (40″); ROIDS (52″); what are the Cap’s powers? (1’04”); analog FTW (1’18”); gee, Red Skull sure looks familiar… (2’00”); is this movie a prequel to The Avengers? (2’12”); dem credits (2’29”).