After seeing the most recent trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, I felt it only necessary to share my excitement over the recent instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (henceforth referred to as the MCU) due to hit UK theatres on 23rd April 2015.
Now, if you’re anything like me, a new trailer fills you with an indescribable glee the likes of which few other trailers do. I’ll admit, I’m a huge fan of the MCU and eagerly await the chance to yell “Shut up and take my money” the moment a new film comes out. This is no exception, adding to the intrigue that the other two trailers have already created throughout the course of the build up to the film’s release.
This most recent trailer gives little more away in terms of the plot, nothing that we don’t already know except for a further insinuation that the Maximoff twins (Wanda and Pietro who are markedly not mutants in the MCU) might just be on the wrong side of the line in this film. Whilst Joss Whedon’s trademark humour is still evident and clear in the odd bits of sass from Captain America and in Black Widow’s acerbic one liners that have been dropped in, the overall tone of this third trailer is a lot darker and bleaker, hinting at the battle the team are going to be having against each other as well as against Ultron, the titular villain, particularly when compared against the light-hearted jesting between the parties in the earlier trailers where everyone’s trying to lift Thor’s hammer.
So What Do We Know?
We know that the bad guy, Ultron (voiced by James Spader), is a robot. Not just any robot, though, he’s made by Tony Stark to save the world, to be a suit of armour that would protect the entire planet and, as such things often do when Artificial Intelligence is involved, it all would appear to go horribly wrong. Having recently watched I, Robot (2004), Ultron’s descent into creepy genocide feels oddly similar to the not-quite-so-creepy V.I.K.I. It’s an age old story of creation turning against creator who has to learn that the road to Hell is certainly paved with best intentions (and that the great Tony Stark isn’t as infallible as he likes to think he is).
We also know that this film introduces Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, who we saw being held in captivity by Baron Strucker during the post credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Solider, although we don’t know which side they’re currently playing for, nor do we know anything about their motivations or character other than the obvious: the Scarlet Witch does something funky which causes her eyes and hands to glow red and Quicksilver does exactly what his name suggests: runs. Really really fast.
You may remember from the first trailer that glorious image of Tony in the Hulkbuster suit fighting the Hulk in the street which is seen again with maybe a little more context when we see Scarlet Witch putting the hex on Black Widow accompanied by the sinister (yet somewhat sultry) tones of Ultron declaring that the Avengers will be taken apart from the inside.
So Am I Excited?
In a nutshell? Yes, yes I am although I do have a level of trepidation going in following a marked lack of Hawkeye exposure in any of the trailers (he was twirling some drumsticks, running in the snow and, most recently, flying out of the back of a van holding his bow like Katniss Everdeen) and have been left wondering if he’s not going to be such a major player going forward if he isn’t being given a lot of exposure. I can understand it to an extent considering he was Loki’s lapdog for a majority of Avengers Assemble and he hasn’t had much of a chance to be a character in his own right but he is a member of the team and should have been given a little more coverage. I can only hope that he’ll be regarded as an integral part of the Avengers because of all the team, there are only two who rely purely on their physical bodies without augmentations or metal suits and only one of them is given any trailer time.
I’m also curious about the out of context scene of Bruce and Natasha getting up close and personal and I’m wondering what on earth that snippet of Thor being half naked in some kind of little pool is about (not that I’m complaining, mind…). There’s something cyclical about the end of the trailer, the Avengers standing in a circle, fighting a seemingly never-ending army of robots that have swarmed at Thor’s taunt which feels oddly similar to Avengers Assemble and is a good hark back to the first film, showing that they work best as a team when they have each other’s backs.
What excited me the most, though? Is the face that appears at the very end of the trailer, hidden mostly in the shadows with two startling blue eyes. How The Vision comes to be created and how he’s introduced has got to be one of the most hotly anticipated moments of the film so it’s only fitting that the third trailer is the one that finally shows us his face. I only have six more words to say: Shut up and take my money!
What did you make of the trailer and are you more or less excited to see Avengers: Age of Ultron upon its release?