‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’: Clues From the Trailer and More
Attendees of San Diego Comic Con in July were among the small portion of the world lucky enough to get a glimpse of Marvel’s next Avengers movie. Until now. Slated to debut October 28 during the Avenger’s inspired television show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, the trailer was going to be a big draw for the spin-off. However, comic book fans who had been waiting since San Diego Comic Con (and undoubtedly, long before that) caught a break as the trailer was leaked online late Wednesday afternoon, a week ahead of schedule.
Marvel responded by taking the leak in stride, joking about it on Twitter, and then releasing the trailer in HD on its official YouTube account. Marvel may have its work cut out for it if it wants to top the previous Avengers title, but with everything the trailer shows, they might be able to pull it off.
“I’m going to show you something beautiful” Ulton, voiced by James Spader in Marvel’s next blockbuster spectacular, promises at the beginning of the trailer. He delivers on that promise as the world is finally given a taste of the sequel to the highest grossing superhero movie of all time, according to IMDB. Known for his passionate monologues on ABC’s Boston Legal and his intimidating demeanor on NBC’s The Blacklist, this television powerhouse being cast as a comic book supervillain makes a lot of sense. The casting pays off as Spader shows off how amazing a voice actor he is, playing Ultron as cold, calculating, and threatening. A villain in a superhero movie hasn’t come off as this downright dangerous since Heath Ledger’s Joker.
Severely damaged and mechanically clunky, the first glimpse we see of Ultron is extremely eerie. The ambiance doesn’t improve as Ultron insinuates he has gained autonomy, all while a rendition of “I’ve got not strings” from Pinocchio (entertainingly enough, Marvel is now owned by Pinocchio’s creator, Disney) emphasizes the theme. It’s clear from this trailer that Ultron started off as a tool for the Avengers, as seen by the logo on his chest. More specific, it looks like he was created by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), since Stark claims responsibility for all the wrong that is occurring.
In addition to this imposing introduction, the trailer also gives us a glimpse of Ultron’s robot army, all closely resembling variations of Iron Man. The trailer concludes with a much more formidable looking Ultron, whose lifelike facial expressions only make him more unsettling.
The trailer gives viewers a great look at the main villain of the title and how James Spader is playing him, along with other big reveals concerning the heroes of the movie (some subtle, others not so much). Possibly the most glaringly obvious, and the one to have fans most excited, are the snippets given of Iron Man and the Hulk going head-to-head. This has been something people have wanted to see since the first Iron Man film came out in 2008. The clip shows Iron Man piloting what is known as the Hulkbuster armor in order to combat an out-of-control Hulk who seems to be engaging police officers.
On that note, judging from the amount of shirtless screen time Mark Ruffalo receives, it’s safe to assume there is going to be a lot of Hulk destruction to merit Iron Man intervention. Although, it seems that Iron Man might not be the one to end Hulk’s rampage, as a brief shot shows Black Widow calmly reaching out to touch the hand of an equally calm Hulk, and we already know how influential she can be from the previous film.
One of the most impressive things the trailer shows isn’t something new, but the passive familiarity of all the characters from the previous film. Yes, The Avengers was unquestionably a box office behemoth and a sequel was green-lit almost instantly, but consider the size and scope of the cast. All of the main actors and actresses are experiencing tremendously successful careers right now and are shooting multiple films a year. The fact that a cast this full of superstars has chosen to return, or even had time to, should lend credence to how much potential this film has.
On top of the return of the regular cast, there have been a few additions made to the Avengers lineup that we’ve finally been able to get a good look at due to the trailer. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, also known as Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, are super-powered twins that have been regular members of the Avengers in the comics. Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Quicksilver, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, were seen earlier this year — other than as husband and wife in Godzilla — in a post-credits scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The scene was short and showed the two imprisoned, struggling to control their powers, but in the trailer they seem much more comfortable with them. They also seem like they might be on Ultron’s side, though a brief shot in the trailer appears to show Quicksilver tackling one of Ultron’s robots as it attacks Captain America.
Fans have waited a long time for an official trailer, and have been rewarded for their patience considering how much was finally revealed. One curious thing to note, however, is the total absence of another new-ish character from this trailer. Paul Bettany, who played J.A.R.V.I.S. in the Iron Man movies and The Avengers, is continuing his role in Age of Ultron in addition to playing a new character, The Vision. Marvel’s decision to exclude Vision from this trailer seems more indicative of the character’s importance rather than lack thereof. Whatever their reasons for leaving him out, it’s not really like Marvel needed to give the world another reason to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. If that trailer didn’t convince you, nothing will.