Disney have released the first trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron and it has landed with a Hulk smash, blowing everything and everyone away. There's a lot crammed into this trailer so we're going to break it down, mentioning the things you may have missed... or never thought about.
In this scene, we are shown Ultron for the first time. This scene shows him, technically as a baby, in his earliest form - taking the form of a bashed up old Iron-man suit. Not only does he look scary and crossing but his limp, too, is just creepy - making him utterly evil and diabolical: "You're all puppets, tangled in strings. Strings." He really is one of the most fearsome Marvel villains yet!!!
DEFEAT FOR OUR HEROES?:
The trailer wasn't supposed to release until Tuesday but it leaked online, almost a week early, so Marvel did the only sensible thing they could do and that was to release the trailer and, damn, it's glorious! If you somehow missed it or, like me, want to watch it again and again and again then head here.
Earlier this year, the teaser trailer was shown at San Diego Comic-con. We were fortunate enough to attend so saw that version of the teaser too and whilst they were similar, they were actually quite different. As well as discussing this, we also compare some scenes to the SDCC version. Read what was shown there here.
Make sure you've seen the trailer before indulging in this post. Like I said, whilst it doesn't reveal anything too major, the trailer is pretty full, meaning it's easy to miss things, so we dissect it frame by frame, fully breaking down what actually happened, joining the dots, and making sure that you can fully understand the reveal for Marvel's highly anticipated sequel... thus making it even more enjoyable.
Basically, "I'm going to show you something beautiful." So, shall we begin?
A DARK START:
The trailer begins by showing us a sun-drenched Johannesburg, before a slew of chaos. Remember the first trailer for Avengers Assemble? It began similarly - destruction everywhere - except this time Ultron is voicing over rather than Loki - and he sounds diabolical: "Everyone screaming... for mercy!"
WANDA AND PIETRO:
A few seconds in and we get our first look at Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff (Scarlett Witch) and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver) - THE TWINS!!! Blink and you'll miss it! It shows them in the street, protesting. However, this is significant as it shows the two BEFORE they got their powers. What could it mean? A flashback? An origin story? How does it invole the other Avengers?
IS THAT VIBRANIUM?:
Straight after that shot we're shown a metal arm, covered in some sort of molten liquid. This is just speculation but it seems that this is, in fact, the near-indestructible metal Vibranium. How does it fit in? A portion of the film takes place in Africa and we know how Marvel love teasing their future films. It's thought we'll be briefly introduced to Black Panther's home of Wakanda (in Africa), where the material is found. The shot looks like Ultron is evolving, using the stuff. He can only take on Thor by using it. It certainly makes sense and, also, some of the other shots in the trailer!
Our first look at the new QUINJET - the aircraft the Avengers use for travel. We can see Banner, Romanoff, Thor and Rogers. Hawkeye's most likely piloting the shop but where does that leave Stark? Oh, and why do the other heroes look so traumatised and upset? I'm thinking that the two link. Has Stark done something? (Also, where's Thor's hammer?)
Banner looks like an emotion wreckage! If something has happened to Tony, I can bet that the Hulk will have been involved (based on his looks) - could this scene be post-Hulkbuster?
Need an idea for Halloween? Why don't you go as Ultron!
AGE OF ULTRON BEGINS:
This shot shows the Avengers all together, in Stark's newly built Avengers tower. An extended version of this was shown at the start of the SDCC preview, before Ultron arrived. As you can see, they're all in shock. However, who exactly is there? We have Banner, Romanoff, Thor, Rogers, Hill, Stark and Barton. In between Maria Hill and Tony Stark, that's Don Cheadle as Rhodey - looks like Iron Patriot will be joining the fight. But, one character remains. Who's in between Natasha and Thor? I'm tempted to say it's Natalie Portman's Jane Foster, however if you zoom in close enough, it doesn't resemble her. Of course, it's not Wanda either - she hasn't met the heroes yet.
Do we have a newcomer? I'm interested to see how she ends up there.
We have a castle-like building in the mountains (prior shot was Iron Man staring at these mountains). Who remembers Captain America: The Winter Solider's mid-credit sequence? Well, this 'caste-like building' is the lair we were inside back then, the lair of the evil Baron Von Strucker - where he kept the twins hostage. The resemblance is uncanny.
I wonder what Cap's looking for? Has he heard of Von Strucker's plans? Surely he can't be looking to save the twins? They're supposedly antagonists in the film?
The next couple of frames show police firing at an unseen 'object' and then we get, well, an explosion of sorts. Now, it's hard to tell because of the way the trailer has been edited together but I think that this is all to do with the Hulk and that the cops are firing at the Hulk - based on what comes later in the trailer.
Could this be the reason Stark has to pull out the Hulkbuster armour? The scenes seem like they're in the same area. Remember how chaotic Banner could get in the first The Avengers? I'm sure that'll reflect in Age of Ultron.
The next few seconds take place in a desolate, snow-scarred landscape. We see Banner, as well as a tank and an explosion. I have no clue as to why these scenes happen or what they could mean but, going out on a limb here, I have a small feeling that they somehow have something to do with Von Strucker and his lair. It was said that he'd appear in the opening of the film so could these images be from the sequel's opening act? It looks like Banner is just recovering after having gone green (topless and beat down).
A wheel trundling along and then some surgery-like tools. Some say that scene has something to do with Tony Stark getting operated on - following the end of Iron Man 3. I don't know but, again, it seems like it's linked to Von Strucker. The scene with the wheels looked like it was taking place in his lair. Could he be operating on the Twins?
BAD MEETS EVIL:
It's a shot of pure darkness. It's bad meets evil as an upgraded and evolved Ultron (he looks badass) stands alongside Pietro and Wanda. Closely look behind Ultron and you'll see that they're standing in the wreckage of a lab, the same one Von Strucker contained the Twins in, post-The Winter Solider. Why is Ultron there, though? Did he free them?
This time, unlike the start of the trailer, Pietro and Wanda have their powers, taking the alias of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. They look pissed off.
One of Ultron's powers is his ability to control robots. They look tough and they look evil but they also look very similar to how they appear in the comics. The Legion is an army of robots, made by Stark, that were supposed to help police threats. However, Ultron takes over and it seems he... has other uses for them. Hopefully, they're not too similar to the Chitari but The Avengers have a real threat on their hands.
They look like they're in trouble. Oh, it's also the scene where Thor drops his mighty hammer. I wonder why? Shock at what has hit them? Or is he no longer worthy? We see him quite a few times without his hammer so could that be the case? We'll discuss that a little more in a bit.
PHASE 2 FINISHED:
The trailer's most memorable sentence: "This is the end. The end of the path I started us on." It hints at the fractures beginning to form in the group (pre-Civil War). Age of Ultron marks the end of Phase 2 of Marvel's Cinematic Universe. Also, with new heroes emerging - Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange - these folks are getting old - contracts expiring, wives complaining - and their time is soon over (the MCU started with Iron Man too).
Ah, here he is. It's Nick Fury, folks. Earlier this year, Samuel L. Jackson revealed that his role in wouldn't be much more than an extended cameo in this film. Well, this gives us a look at it. It'll be interesting to see how things come together, since SHIELD is dead, and to see how Fury comes into play.
It's Elizabeth Olsen as Wand Maximoff, who becomes Scarlet Witch. Her specialty power is telekinesis. It's hard to say why she's screaming but I do have a good guess to why, although it would be classed a VERY MAJOR spoiler so I'll hold off from posting it. However, she's in some European setting - the same one Hawkeye was in at the very start of the reveal.
HULK BUSTIN' TIME:
This is the money shot right here. This is the scene in the trailer that has everyone talking! It's Tony Stark's most famous Iron Man suit - the Hulkbuster armour.
It's intriguing to see that a standar suit actually has to fit into here first, like in the comics. I have to say, the Hulkbuster looks EFFIN EPIC and just so awesome!
RUN, FASTBOY, RUN:
It's our first look at Taylor-Johnson's Quicksilver in action and, damn, this shot is epic! He has big boots to fill in, following a brilliant Quicksilber, from Fox, in X-Men: Days of Future Past. He looks angry, Cap looks beat in the background and is Pietro pushing past Ultron? Is he saving Steve?
NO MESSING WITH HER:
Quicksilver in action is followed by his twin, Scarlet Witch, in action. She looks kind of scary, not going to lie, but her powers look amazing.
If it isn't Andy Serkis and he's in an actual human role! A few months ago, news broke that the motion capture guru was brought int to help Mark Ruffalo, for mo-cap with the Hulk. It was then announced that the actor would star in the film (and not as the Hulk).
Well, remember how I mentioned Black Panther and Vibranium? It's thought that Serkis will be playing Ulysses Klaw - a bloodthirsty supervillain that is determined to get a hold of Wakanda's Vibranium. In the comics, he teams with Ultron and the two become Masters of Evil so... yeah. It seems the two will team up or, if not, Klaw will at least be setup, for a future film. After all, he is Black Panther's arch-nemesis.
It's Marvel's trademark pecs shot, with Chris Hemsworth's Thor in some hot water. However, I want to point out he has no hammer and this shot resembles th shirtless Thor from the 'Unworthy Thor' comics storyline a lot. We see him, a few times throughout the trailer, without his hammer (remember how he droped it). It's probably nothing but coincidence although with Loki replacing Odin , I have a feeling something will happen between Thor and Mjolnir. Is he no longer worthy of wielding the weapon?
BEAUTY & THE BEAST:
Black Widow comes face to face with Banner, when he's in Hulk mode. It seems the rumours surrounding a love story - between the two - blossoming are true! D'awww, how adorable. Can beauty be the cure? The one that can calm the beast? Oh, and how will Rogers react to this? His love story began to blossom in The Winter Solider but, clearly, Romanoff has other preferences.
It's Hawkeye. He looks like he's running from some danger, in a snow-covered forest. Is that the same one from earlier - the film's opening act? It looks like this is the same are where Banner collapses? A snowy first? Could the tank (shown earlier) be firing at Hawkeye? Hmm, interesting.
THINGS GETS REAL:
The next bit has to be my favourite! We see an angry Thor running up to Tony Stark, grabbing him by the throat and slamming him into the wall. It's vicious. Who knows why they're fighting? It's probably because of the fact that Stark was the one that made Ultron and that pissed off Thor. OR, maybe it could have something to do with setting up the upcoming Civil War storyline? Whatever the reason may be, I'm excited to see this scene fully in the film next Summer. Shit just got real. Oh, Thor's also without his hammer in this scene too. This backs up my hypothesis about him being deemed unworthy, or something similar.
It's safe to say that Black Widow looks scared, VERY scared! But, take a look around. It looks like she's in the same place Von Strucker was containing the Twins in, the same place we saw Ultron, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in earlier. In fact, it seems that this may, in fact, actually be the same scene. Damn.
It's some more footage of the Hulkbuster armour, as Hulk throws A FRICKING CAR at it, before punching the armour, through the car. Wow! JUST EPIC! I can already tell that this fight will be EPIC! Remember I mentioned, earlier, about the Hulk causing destruction (police shooting at him etc)?
Well, look closely at this shot and the one earlier and I'm pretty sure the two take place in the same location. The Hulkbuster is there to, obviously, keep Hulk in order when the police can't, following all the destruction he causes. The two scenes have to link, surely.
Oh my god! Amongst the trailer's final scenes, Thor's hand lies unmoving (without a hammer in sight) next to Captain America's shattered shield! What on Earth could break the near-indestructible Vibranium shield? Well, nothing. A Vibranium evolved Ultron could have except this scene was shown at SDCC and was a bit longer and saw all our heroes lying (dead?) on what looked like a meteor, surrounded by stars. Tony Stark stood, looking over them - in a bashed up, beaten suit. They're in space. Is this a dream sequence? The bigger question, is this the work of Thanos and is this setting up the future of the MCU. It looks like it. We'll have to wait and see.
The closing shot to the trailer and it's the most amazing, the most memorable and the most exciting. "There are no strings on me," says Ultron, with a dark sting - he's voiced magnificently by James Spader. It wraps up the whole puppet narration that he began at the start of the trailer. Ultron looks BRILLIANT! I'm sure this isn't him in his final form but, nonetheless, he looks like a terrifying and formidable villain and the build-up to his reveal is awesome. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it. The age of Ultron has arrived.
"There are no strings on me!"
What did you think of the trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron? In my opinion, it was magnificent - maybe one of the best trailers I've seen, because it does what a trailer is supposed to do and this is get you hooked without revealing too much. It was a pretty detailed breakdown but, still, if I missed anything then leave it in the comments below.
Directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johannson, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and James Spader as Ultron, with Paul Bettany as The Vision, The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in the UK on April 24th, 2015, before arriving in the US on May 1st, 2015.
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