BySean Erickson, writer at Creators.co
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Sean Erickson

The third Avengers trailer gave us about two minutes of new [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) footage to add to the previous trailers. Yes it was a great treat for fans that seems to have set new You Tube records around the world. Even with this new Age of Ultron footage, the trailer seems to raise more questions than it answers, which, honestly, is kind of what a good trailer should do.

Avengers 2: World Police

Unlike the first two trailers, this one focused more on the team rallying against Ultron and added one of the coolest Avengers shots ever put before human eyeballs as the team descends upon Baron von Strucker's snowy fortress.

That's some nice teamwork there, Avengers.
That's some nice teamwork there, Avengers.

We got Scarlet Witch giving Black Widow a bit of the hex whammy and Quicksilver giving Captain America a fast forwarded uppercut. If the new trailer was light on anything it was the Hulk vs Iron Man Hulkbuster that was featured more prominently in the other Avengers 2 trailers.

Home of the Maximoffs

Since, by all accounts, Joss Whedon is still working on editing the movie, it could be that we're seeing bits of what is more or less finished at this point. But one of the most noticeable and attention-getting things about the third trailer was that nearly everything in it seemed to be taking place away from the Avengers' home base of New York city.

The world is the stage in Avengers 2.
The world is the stage in Avengers 2.

You'll notice that all of these scenes of destruction, the waves of Ultron robots and the big back-to-back fight scenes are taking place in the ravaged Russian city that is likely the home of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, otherwise known as those Maximoff kids Wanda and Pietro.

The only thing that looked like it might be a New York based fight scene in the third trailer is the brief glimpse of that Hulkbusting fight that saw Hulk bouncing Iron Man up the side of a big glass building like a dog having a go at tearing up his favorite chew toy. But is this also somewhere else in the world?

Hulk smash with the help of a bouncy Hulkbuster toy
Hulk smash with the help of a bouncy Hulkbuster toy

We can't be entirely sure of when Hulk goes bananas in Avengers 2 but that hasn't stopped a nifty video edit that has surfaced, which attempts to put all the bits from the trailers into a chronological order.

But I think there's even more world hopping involved in Avengers 2 than this "chronological edit" can make sense of. If you look at this moment from the second trailer of Captain America dodging a car, and check out the street signs around him, you can definitely see that this isn't New York.

I hope Cap wasn't trying to park his car.
I hope Cap wasn't trying to park his car.

The same goes for the accompanying moment after some Ultron destruction that features license plates from what looks like the same part of the world.

We're not in America, Captain.
We're not in America, Captain.

Welcome to Johannesburg

And when you look back at the first two Age of Ultron trailers, even the Hulk vs Iron Man fight doesn't take place in New York.

Where does the Hulkbuster scene take place exactly?
Where does the Hulkbuster scene take place exactly?

Yes, there are apartments to let - and that's in English, but I'm not sure what kind of rates you're going to pay if you try to call that number.

Definitely not New York.
Definitely not New York.

And while there may be fish & chips and coffee & breakfast around where Iron-Man and Hulk are playing catch with cars, the word Russian is also on that sign in the fine print and there's nothing American looking about those buildings.

As well with the signs around the quite foreign looking police that attempt to interfere with the Hulk's rampaging.

Looks like South Africa here...
Looks like South Africa here...

The Nyama & Chips sign could put this scene as taking place in South Africa. Which could also lead one to wonder if this Hulk vs Iron Man destruct-athon is how our heroes get the attention of the Black Panther in Avengers 2.

Definitely Johannesburg.
Definitely Johannesburg.

Le Kay Motsepe is also the name of a company's building in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Does the Civil War Star in South Africa?

Are these further signs pointing to how Black Panther becomes involved in Captain America: Civil War? We know there may be some vibranium plundering going on in Avengers 2 and even though Wakanda is traditionally on the opposite side of Africa from Johannesburg, this superhero destruction could be hitting a little too close to home for T'Challa.

Hulk woke up and couldn't remember what happened...
Hulk woke up and couldn't remember what happened...

I don't know about you, but this looks like a big green guy who's just realized he's made a big mess of things. And Bruce Banner's lady friend doesn't look too happy, either. Is this guy doomed or what?

Does Hulk have to say goodbye to Black Widow?
Does Hulk have to say goodbye to Black Widow?

I've been suspecting that this scene may happen at the end of Avengers and the destruction that Hulk causes leads to the Superhuman Registration Act that the government enacts. And possibly leading to Bruce Banner getting locked up by whatever version of SHEILD may be around by the end of the movie. While I initially thought that the damage would be caused by a superhero on American soil - it could be pressure from a foreign government that creates the turmoil.

What do you think - will Hulk's rampage in South Africa during [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) create an international incident? Will it cause African officials, including Black Panther, to pressure the US into the Superhuman Registration Act that causes the events of [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409)?

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