With Avengers: Age of Ultron wrapping up the second-biggest opening weekend ever, it’s time to make it official: Summer blockbuster season is upon us. With it comes a horde of trailers for forthcoming action extravaganzas, trailers that increasingly seem to hew to a very predictable formula.
RedLetterMedia, in a video aptly titled “All Trailers are the Same!!!,” has detailed the various ingredients of that formula in one comprehensive meta-trailer. Featured are the obvious tropes—an establishing shot of a city, a random action montage—and some of the more subtle ones, like huge beams of light shooting into the sky. The main takeaway here: Studios should perhaps consider innovating a bit in their promotion of costume-clad superheroics.