Well, this was an unexpected surprise. The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer arrived a week ahead of schedule, thanks to a leak, likely perpetrated by Hydra. At least, that’s who Marvel is blaming for the whole thing. It’s quite a two-minute ride, though. Anyone who has been complaining that the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t take itself too seriously is going to be singing a very different tune after this one, we expect.
If you haven’t watched it yet, go do that, and then come back for our detailed analysis. Could this possibly be any more different than the first trailer for, say, Guardians of the Galaxy? No. No it could not.
See these angry crowds? They probably aren’t angry at the menacing killer robot with James Spader’s voice. Those are signs they’re holding, and they aren’t “Tin Man Go Home” we’d bet. Everything we know about this movie indicates that the Avengers overstep their bounds at some point, and this is likely a result of that.
And that’s the first thing they show us. Uh-oh…
Yes, not exactly the triumphant gathering of heroes, is it? This is a team that just had their asses handed to them.
Well. This is just terrifying, isn’t it? A little Pinocchio. A little Frankenstein’s monster. A lot of nightmare fuel.
So, Ultron has cobbled himself together from old Iron Man suits and/or drones. I will actually be very hurt if it turns out that he is “Dummy” from the Iron Man movies. I always felt bad for Dummy…
Great shot of the team soiling themselves. Banner and Romanov seem to be on a date. Who is that in the red dress with Steve, though?
Meanwhile, at stately bad guy manor…
This is the secret mountain hideaway of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. We saw the interior of this at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and it’s where Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are being held.
This can’t be good.
So, with no Magneto to lead them astray in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch might need a different misguided father figure. And the giant chrome guy just looks so cuddly and fatherly…
“I dunno, Wanda, I think everything he’s saying sounds quite reasonable. I mean, aside from the fact that he keeps referring to humans as meat. I’m sure it’s just a figure of speech.”
Ultron drones! Who needs Doombots! Hell, who needs Terminators! Ultron drones will be the disposable soldier baddies of this movie, and expect plenty of them to get wiped out in every imaginable fashion.
Here we have Tony blaming himself for everything, and looking at the burned out husk of…his first suit of armor? If there was even a lingering shred of doubt that Captain America 3 is going to go full blown Civil War on everything, this seems to put that to rest. Tony is going to take drastic action, and not everyone is going to like it.
“Say strings again. I dare you. I double dare you!”
Nick Fury put the Avengers together. You bet your ass he’ll take them apart if he has to.
And this, boys and girls, is called Hulkbuster armor. I’ll be in my bunk.
I just thought you’d like another look at Hulkbuster Iron Man. Because, seriously, why wouldn’t you? When Marvel movies first started gaining steam, and we all started to realize that this franchise was for real, never, in the best case scenario we could have possibly conceived of, did Hulkbuster armor ever figure into it.
And why would Iron Man need to bust Hulk in the first place? This is one sick looking Hulk. As in, unhealthy. He’s sweating. Have we ever seen Hulk sweat? His veins are showing, and not in the angry way. Something is up. Maybe he’s being controlled. Either way, this isn’t going to go well for anyone.
A Quinjet! A Quinjet that then gives birth to super badass Black Widow on a motorcycle! God, I love comics…
That’s totally Black Widow with Captain America’s shield on that motorcyle. Can someone tell me why we haven’t gotten a Black Widow solo movie yet?
Our first look at Aaron Taylor-Johnson in action as Quicksilver. Is he saving Captain America’s ass here?
Scarlet Witch looks annoyed. Also Elizabeth Olsen looks thoroughly badass as Wanda. Is this the face of a woman who just realized that she’s been manipulated and is now done taking anyone’s crap? Yes, I think it might be…
Cap is having flashbacks. He’s wondering, “maybe I can go back and talk Bucky into doing this whole sentinel of liberty thing…”
Speaking of flashbacks. Is this where Natasha went between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron? Is it Wanda’s past?
So, did Ultron do this? Or is this the kind of thing where he’s pointing out just how useless humanity is? As in, “Look what you’re doing to this world, the oceans are drying up, this is what will happen and…” Waitaminute. Is…is Ultron Al Gore?
What the hell is Andy Serkis doing in this movie? I knew he was helping out Mark Ruffalo with the motion-capture Hulk stuff, but who could he be playing? And don’t say Doctor Strange.
UPDATED: Some sharp-eyed readers have pointed out that Andy Serkis bears a serious resemblance to Ulysses Klaw, originally a Fantastic Four villain, but who has spent considerable time bedeviling future Marvel movie star Black Panther. Have a look:
Thor is naked and hammerless. I’m sure some people think this is a good thing (can’t blame ’em), but it probably means something very, very bad. It also appears to be in the same place where Cap’s shield has been shattered, so my guess is that this is some kind of nightmare/vision, rather than an actual happening. I’ve been wrong before, though…
But speaking of that thing with Cap’s shield, see for yourself:
See? I told you that Banner and Romanov were on a date!
On the other hand, Tony and Thor are most definitely not on a date. Maybe Thor is just demanding Tony put that Allman Bros. record he likes so much back on the Stark Tower sound system.
No, Mr. Ultron, there most certainly are no strings on you. That’s a great design, and he looks like he stepped right out of the comics. Maybe Ultron is the guy to solve the Marvel villain problem…