Let's face it, when you heard that a new trailer was going to be released, three feelings ripped you apart. The first was overwhelming glee, because hey, new footage! Which then let you remember secondly that none of Marvel's TV spots have given us any new footage, so what were the chances we'd get any now?
Your final thought, if you're anything like me, drew a comparison to Iron Man 3. For me, I felt like I'd seen half of [Iron Man 3](movie:24391) in trailers and TV spots beforehand, and that the only plot point that was truly kept a surprise was THAT Mandarin reveal.
Fortunately, this trailer was the correct mixture of new footage and secrecy. Did we get new footage? Hell yes. Did it spoil massive points in Avengers 2? No. No it didn't. He had prior knowledge of the Hulkbuster Battle, Seoul getting ripped apart and Paul Bettany's arrival as the Vision.
With the niceties out of the way, let's crack into it!
15. Stark- err, Avengers Tower
We've seen the occasional shot of the updated Stark Tower, but this is our first proper shot of it. Behold, Avengers Tower in all of it's New York-sunlit glory!
Let's face it, there are some really noticeable changes. The landing pad is much thinner than the previous one, the main penthouse has been extended to account for the Avengers and Quinjets it holds. It's color scheme has also had a significant overhaul, being blue and black compared to it's previous white and gold. Wait, no, I DIDN'T MEAN THAT!!!!!
14. Ultron's being a drama queen
"I was designed to save the world. People would look to the sky and see.... hope. I'll take that from them first."
First and foremost, this is one seriously screwed up robot. The way he opens the trailer sounds like he's jealous of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. It also sounds like he's laying a dump on the Avengers by saying "hope" and instead they see the Avengers.
Do you need an icepack for that burn there, Cap?
13. Artificial Intelligence
Bruce Banner has never looked more shocked than when he realizes that Tony has created artificial intelligence. Wait, what?
More than a few times over the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jarvis has been referred to as an AI, which translates to Artificial Intelligence. Does that mean that Jarvis isn't actually an AI? Then how the hell does he come up with those snarky comments?!?!
12. The Ultron Program
I'm not necessarily evaluating this shot, more so the dialogue contained in it.
"It's called the Ultron Progam" - Tony Stark, 2k15
We already have conclusive evidence from Marvel themselves that Ultron is a computer program found in the ruins of the Battle of New York, meaning that not only is this film a continuation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it also has deep connections to the end of Marvel's Phase One.
The puzzling thing? How did Tony know it was called the Ultron program? Yeah, sure, maybe that's what he called it, but Ultron is fairly self aware, and so to call the film "Age of Ultron" while the titular character has an alien name other than Ultron would be silly of Marvel, so one can only assume that Ultron is actually his alien name that he goes by.
Meaning that Tony can translate Chitauri.
Or can he?
11. Loki's Scepter
Assuming that the raid on Baron Von Strucker's European hideout is happens fairly early on in Avengers 2, the Scepter could be a very big part in activating the Ultron program, and possibly the reason that the Avengers have decided to storm Von Strucker's castle rather than Daniel Whitehall's building in downtown Chicago. Although maybe it's off limits because S.H.I.E.L.D.'s currently dealing with it.
10. Steve Rogers is over your s*it
Probably another early scene in the film that will cement Steve's moral position for this film AND [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409) is right here. We see Steve rush to save a car that presumably has people in it, but gravity is of no help and Steve is just too late.
This will likely be the moment it all hits him, when he realizes that all of these issues are on the Avengers. They want to help, sure, but is that what they're doing? Steve and Tony are polar opposites nearly, so having them serve as co-leaders will definitely throw in a few curve-balls and plot points.
9. Love is in the air
Although slightly awkward, considering that Ruffalo is 47 and Johansson is 30, this is the romance we've been expecting since this time last year. And it makes sense. Hulk and Black Widow are the most unpredictable members of the super-friends, Hulk because of his tendencies to go Code Green and Widow because of her sketchy past and involvement with the KGB.
Basically, they're the most broken members of the team, and the ones who are likely to be excluded, so they find comfort in each other.
They also remind me of those two people in your friend group who so obviously like each other. Can you imagine the awfully suggestive conversations the Avengers must have when they're sitting together on the couch? I can definitely see Tony as that annoying person who just doesn't know when to stop.
8. Captain America and his mighty shield
When I first watched this, the arc shot spun so fast that I thought he was walking in an air force base. Now, upon closer examination, he is walking in Seoul, capital of South Korea. It's nice to know that the Avengers won't be drawn to Seoul because of mass death and destruction, because Seoul's skyline is fairly smoke and rubble free.
Oh, and how do I know it's Seoul? Easy, the distinctive floating island :)
7. What even
Honestly, what the hell is that?
We've been fed images of this in the last two trailers, and we still have no idea what it is. It isn't the Avengers Quinjet for sure, so is it ex-S.H.I.E.L.D.? Has Stark actually built a fleet of aircraft that are all held in Avengers Tower?
One thing's for sure: it needs about two more wings.
6. All-star face off
Taking a quick look at Wanda Maximoff's outfit (Scarlet Witch) it appears that she's been out and about, possibly doing Ultron's dirty work for him. It's pretty hard to mingle with a crowd without being noticed when you're an eight-foot tall robot.
The big question is where does this scene take place? Von Strucker's Castle? Johannesburg? Seoul's industrial sector?
Only time will tell.
5. View from Avengers Tower
In this scene, Tony says "There's no way we get through this." Which is odd, considering the lack of blood on his face at this point in the film. This looks like a mission debrief, considering Cap's in full gear. It also looks like Bruce Banner is just getting used to the clothes he's wearing, so maybe he went code green and has just settled into them? My suspicion is that this sequence will not be far behind the Marvel Studios logo and the first act.
4. What exactly is that?
This scene, judging by the setting of other scenes over the course of the Avengers 2 trailer, looks set to be the final showdown between the Avengers and Ultron's army. In the above image, you can clearly see the Avengers rallying around a triangular shape. What is it?
Well, presumably it's something that Ultron's trying to get his hands on. Is it an infinity stone? Is it a power source? Is it a machine building the Vision?
One thing I'd like to point out is it's similarity to the Hulkbuster's Repulsor Beam in it's hand...
Nick Fury and his eyepatch return for the next installment in Marvel's Cinematic Universe, but why?
Last time we saw Nick Fury, he gave control of what was left of S.H.I.E.L.D. to the recently revived Agent Coulson, essentially reducing him to civilian status, apart from the fact that the U.S. military probably think he's Hydra.
Taking that into consideration, what is Nick Fury's role in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035)? Yeah, he's a former associate of the Avengers, but there isn't much else he can do than shoot a gun, which is why he was never on the ground for the battle of New York.
Also, that shirt with that eyepatch? Ugh.
2. Having a Vision
Undoubtedly the one thing fanboys craved above all else was to see the Vision in this trailer, and they got him... for, like, three frames.
I'm liking Whdeon's interpretation, at least from an aesthetic perspective anyway. The head is very reminiscent of the Iron Man helmets (where the ears would be) which tells us straight off that Tony build him. Ultron can;t have, because Ultron looks incredibly dissimilar to Tony's armor.
Rumors are floating around the internet that the crystal in the middle of his forehead is a giant pimpl- I mean, an infinity stone.
On one hand, it could be the Soul Gem to power the Vision's "soul," hence the catchy name "Soul" gem.
On the other hand, it could be the time gem. I can hear you going "whaaaaaaaat?" from the other side of your screen. Before my mad ramblings drive you away, let me explain. During production, Haley Atwell and Paul Bettany were spotted on set filming a scene together in a 1950's themed bar. Now Haley Atwell is an actress who has consistently played a certain Peggy Carter in this time period, but Paul Bettany?
In case you missed the memo, he's the guy who plays the Vision. And now it all makes sense! (or doesn't, whichever you prefer)
1. Avengers Assembled
I will happily admit that I saved this shot as a gif and watched it over and over and over. This is the kind of thing Marvel excels with, making shots that force your inner 5-year-old to the surface. The Avengers are assembled, just in time to be disassembled over the superhero registration act in Captain America: Civil War.
Suffice to say, I'm happy with Marvel at the moment. They've kept a cool, steady flow of new footage coming our way, while at the same time not revealing important plot points. Most of my article has just been theory, whether it be completely unfounded or strongly supported by evidence.
This, to me, is a fitting final trailer, before the various TV spots are released. Avengers 2: Age of Ultron hits theaters in just under two months, and if you're anything like me, you'll be booking tickets to ALL of the screenings on the premiere day.