The roughly eight-minute super-cut from Red Letter Media includes examples from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Green Lantern, The Avengers, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Man of Steel, Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and that’s a very condensed list.
The editing formula is as follows:
1. Establishing Shot of the City
3. Mysterious, Cryptic, and Vague Lines
4. Make Your Characters Look Cool
5. Build Up to Silence
6. Action Montage! (Don’t Forget the Powerful and/or Inspiring Dialogue)
7. End Montage with Another Hard Cut to Quiet
8. Eh, Throw a Laser Shooting Into the Sky. Why Not?
10. Clever and/or Funny End Tag Before Release Date
Some of these tropes are unavoidable when editing together a movie trailer, especially an action blockbuster. Montages are the quickest way to show a lot of characters and set pieces in a short amount of time, and of course, the editors want to give the heroes a moment to look really cool.
Other parts reveal how formulaic some of these movies are, like the laser shooting into the sky. There are a whole lot of movies with a laser shooting out of a big city like New York or Chicago. Why are laser-city shots so popular, beyond a simple lack of original ideas? Also, the Inception “BWAAAAAAM!!!” is done. It’s finished. Find a new gimmick.