‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Comic-Con Footage May Suggest a Dark Ending

Avengers: Age of Ultron

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con was filled with excitement, but nothing could have supplanted the hysteria surrounding Avengers: Age of Ultron. Along with a panel that included Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, and Jeremy Renner, Marvel also came prepared with tons of footage from the film that did nothing but add to the film’s towering buzz. It’s safe to say that when the film arrives on May 1, 2015, it could be one of the biggest films to ever hit theaters.

Marvel’s Comic-Con footage began with a scene in which the Avengers attempt to figure out the mystery of Thor’s hammer. Only Steve Rogers is able to lift the hammer slightly and Tony Stark theorizes that the key to lifting the hammer is somehow based on fingerprints or some other similar device. But just as Thor reiterates that the reason no one can handle the hammer is because none of them are worthy, a deafening sound shoots into the room as Ultron enters — with an Avengers logo painted on his chest. “There’s only one path to peace: your extinction,” Ultron says as a hail of robots burst into the room.

From there, the footage began to unleash some of the film’s epic sequences, filled with action and large-scale destruction. A city is reduced to rubble; Loki’s staff is in the hands of the enemy once again; members of the Avengers are given their chance to shine; and Tony Stark tells Black Widow that everything will soon change. “It’s the end, the end of a path I started us on,” he tells her. At that point, the trailer begins playing “I’ve Got No Strings” from Pinnochio as viewers are shown a frenzy of footage that includes a battle between Hulk and Tony Stark in Hulkbuster armor, Quicksilver showing off his speed, a confrontation between Scarlet Witch and Black Widow, and much, much more.

But the biggest thing revealed in the Comic-Con trailer is the fact that Age of Ultron appears to have a fairly dark tone, though our heroes could still ultimately prevail by the film’s conclusion. In the trailer’s last moment, we are shown an image of Captain America’s shield completely shattered before pulling back and seeing that all the members of the Avengers are lying in the rubble, seemingly dead, as Tony Stark looks on in horror. For fans of Marvel comics, the image may prove very familiar, as Ultron has been able to best the Avengers on several occasion and remains one of their most formidable foes. Odds are against the footage spoiling the film’s ending though, and it would seem more likely to be an earlier point in the film that incites Tony to jump back into the Iron Man role — as you might remember, he said he was done at the end of Iron Man 3.

The panel itself shied away from the somber tone produced by the trailer. “It just keeps getting better,” Downey Jr. told the audience, while Mark Ruffalo said backstage that ‘‘Joss really gets these big, big, big ideas.” He added, “We’re kind of on the threshold of that — the movie Her — all of this technology is just about ready to hit the world. But he’s also talking about our ability to destroy the world. And it’s a real thing. We’re there.’’

And at the very end of the panel, Josh Brolin — the voice of the alien villain Thanos — came out onto stage wearing the Infinity Gauntlet — a gauntlet that, when combined with the six Infinity Gems, grants the wearer God-like power. While Thanos doesn’t factor in just yet as the main antagonist for the Avengers or the heroes of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, there’s no doubt that Marvel is slowly positioning the villain as the toughest test yet for the Avengers.

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