WELL, FOR STARTERS. LET ME JUST BEGIN BY SAYING... The scene you can see in the background of the title? Yeah, that's got a WHOLE LOT OF EPIC all up in it.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN... THE MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIE AND SEQUEL OF THE YEAR... AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON!
A LITTLE PREMISE...
With S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed and the Avengers needing a hiatus from stopping threats, Tony Stark jump-starts a dormant peacekeeping program called, Ultron: a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence. However, his plan backfires when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets out to eradicate them from Earth, leaving it up to Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, along with support from Nick Fury and Maria Hill, to stop him. Along the way the Avengers encounter the powerful twins Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, as well as the familiar Vision.
Now, just that premise alone has been building up the hype. Why? Well, let me start with the cast...
We're going to have the pleasure of welcoming back the ensemble cast of The Avengers. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner. What a bunch of guys, right? We will also be seeing a little more of Maria Hill and Nick Fury, because let's face it, they are part of the glue that keeps the Avengers together. More to the point, this time around... we are going to be graced by the presence of some fresh faces, EXCITING RIGHT? The famous twins, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, respectively). Oh and of course, the infamous and genius villain... ULTRON!
SO, WHAT IS THERE TO LOOK FORWARD TO?
I don't know if you know this but there is always something to look forward to when it's Marvel. Whether you've seen these characters before, or if you haven't. Storyline's are always different, the character's develop more each time, they always face new threats and enemies, they even learn something new about themselves and others, whilst also embracing the person that they are or have become.
A little something from the returning cast, on how their characters have evolved and what to expect...
Robert Downey Jr. has said...
"...it kinda reminds me of like all that stuff particularly as you get a little older or if you have any existential queries whatsoever. It's like why aren't I dealing with that which is going to destroy me any second anyway? And then the armor was kind of an extension of that. And also there was just so many suits, but I think he realizes that tweaking and making all the suits in the world – which is what he has been doing – still didn't work for that thing of his tour of duty that left him a little PTSD. So his focus is more on how can we make it so that there's no problem to begin with. That, you know, there's a bouncer at our planet's rope. That's the big idea."
Chris Hemsworth has said...
"Well Thor stayed on Earth from [Thor: The Dark World]. So he's here. He's part of the team. This is his home for the moment. So the initial threat of attack from Ultron is personal. Thor then begins to see a bigger picture about what this threat could potentially be and it begins to tie into all of our films. What becomes a challenge is trying to not repeat the same thing all the time. So you've got to work that bit harder to see what else you can do with the character. ...it was just lightening up a bit. It gave us room to kind of make him a little more grounded and human and have him in some civilian clothes and mixing it up at a party. I want to do those scenes more. It's what I loved about the first [Thor film]. There was an innocence and naïveté to him, which as he matured into the king of the second [Thor film] — or the rightful king — we sort of lost a little bit of that."
Chris Evans has said...
"He's still looking for a home, probably a metaphorical home. He's always felt comfortable as a soldier. And he likes structure. He works well taking orders. But when that dynamic turned on him, he's now left to depend upon his team, the Avengers. There really is no one above them telling them what to do. They're kind of having to operate independently. So there's a lot of leaning on one another, but there really isn't a kind of clear chain of command. And I think Cap looks for that. I think he's looking to understand where he belongs, not just as a soldier, as Captain America, but as Steve Rogers, as a person." Regarding Captain America's fighting style, Evans said, "You just can’t be Jason Bourne. We gotta see this guy do stuff that’s like, yeah, he deserves a spot on this squad. In [Winter Soldier] he’s pinballing off of jets and doing unbelievable things. I don’t wanna take a step back, so we gotta make sure that he’s continuing training. His fight style needs to advance a little bit. I don’t wanna go full Bruce Lee, but there needs to be more than just haymakers and fun kicks. There needs to be a consistent display of strength. Utilize your environment in a way that’s like, 'That’s right, he can pick up a motorcycle with one hand."
Mark Ruffalo has said...
"[My role's] even bigger than last time, and it's more complex and it has more layers and a bit more arc. Not only that, but it seems that the motion capture process is becoming a whole lot more agreeable second time around. I'm really tripping on the technology of this motion-capture stuff... now I just completely embrace it and see it as this other exciting place we can go as performers. I think there's a whole relationship with Banner and Hulk that needs to be discovered. There's a very cool thing happening: Hulk is as afraid of Banner as Banner is afraid of Hulk." Ruffalo added, "Both of these guys are obviously the same guy, and they have got to come to peace somehow with each other. And I think that this confrontation is building along the lines of this film."
Scarlett Johansson has said...
"In Avengers 2 we go back... we definitely learn more about Widow's backstory, and we get to find out how she became the person you see. All of these characters have deep, dark pasts, and I think that the past catches up to some of us a little bit. At this stage, when you see the Widow, she's — especially in Avengers, these characters all have a past, and hers is a very complex one, where she's realizing — and it's kind of a continuation of The Winter Soldier — 'I've never made an active choice. I'm a product of other people's imposition.' That's going to catch up with her. That's bound to have a huge effect. There's got to be a result of that realization... You'll see her actively making some choices in her life, for better or worse."
Jeremy Renner has said...
"[Hawkeye] is kind of a loner anyway, and he’s a team player only 'cause he sort of has to be. He’s not really a company man. Captain America can be that guy. In [Age of Ultron] you'll understand why [Hawkeye] thinks the way he thinks."
So, that's what they had to say... interesting, right?
MID-CREDITS AND POST-CREDITS SCENES
Now, if you're a Marvel fan like myself, you will know that all Marvel movies will include a Mid-Credits scene and Post-Credits scene. These are deliberately delivered for the audience to keep up interest and excitement for what the next adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will entail. Isn't that sweet? Just for the fans... Marvel, you had me at the first 'Iron Man'.
LET'S WELCOME OUR FRESH FACES, SHALL WE?
SHORT BIO: THE VISION
The Vision is an android, created by Ultron, who later turns against his master and joins the Avengers.
Powers and Abilities
- Density Control
- Mass Manipulation
- Solar Energy Protection
- Superhuman Agility, Strength and Intelligence
SHORT BIO: SCARLET WITCH
Scarlet Witch has the ability to alter reality in unspecific ways, can harness magic and engage in hypnosis and telekinesis. She is the twin sister of Quicksilver. She becomes a newly recruited Avenger who initially allies with Ultron.
Powers and Abilities
- Probability Manipulation
- Reality Warping
- Chaos Magic
SHORT BIO: QUICKSILVER
Quicksilver has the ability to move at superhuman speed. He is the twin brother of Scarlet Witch. He becomes a newly recruited Avenger who, like his sister, initially allies with Ultron.
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Speed
- Superhuman Intellect
SHORT BIO: ULTRON
Ultron is an artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark and programmed with elements of Stark's personality, who is overwhelmed with a god complex and desires to bring peace to Earth by eradicating humanity... and of course by that, he means the Avengers too.
Powers and Abilities
- Extreme Durability
- Energy Protection
- Artificial Intelligence
- Superhuman Strength, Speed, Stamina, Durability, Reflexes, Accuracy
- Flight (at Subsonic Speeds)
- Energy Blasts (Concussive)
- Mind Control
- Radiation Manipulation
- Genius Intellect
- Expert Roboticist
- Expert Marksman and Strategist
- Vibranium Armour
And of course...
The return of Colonel James 'Rhodey' Rhodes! War Machine. What a guy, right? In my opinion, he deserves more screen time, just sayin'.
FINALLY. Andy Serkis' arrival to the Marvel Cinematic Universe... as Ulysses Klaw. Just a shame he's a bad guy, right? Oops, spoiler alert! But hey, who knows?
And hey, come on... there's no Avengers without the Director, right? That's right, Samuel L. Jackson is back as the fearless Nick Fury!
Dr. Cho. A fresh faced, fairly beautiful looking character, if I may say so myself. Her story and identity is pretty much unknown for the time being. But what we do know is that she is a friend of Tony Stark's and a nanobiology specialist. However, rumours suggest that she may be living under a false alias, and that she could well be a character called, Mantis, a superhero. Nevertheless, we're just going to have to wait and see!
NOW THEN. How about a little recap on what our favourite Avengers have been through since we saw them last in [The Avengers](movie:9040)?
IRON MAN 3 (2013)
We almost saw a bitter end for Tony Stark in this movie. Ever since the Battle of New York in The Avengers, Tony has been suffering from a little PTSD and Anxiety. Things aren't going so well at all for him, in fact, things are going so bad for him that his luxurious home at Malibu Point ends up being blown to smithereens, with him inside it, along with Pepper, his precious cars, suits, equipment and pretty much everything else by merchants of the Mandarin. Although, it was kinda Tony's bad for announcing his address publicly on live television. Didn't quite think that through, did he? Lucky for his incredibly worthy invention of J.A.R.V.I.S, he is able to escape the cataclysm. So, after giving himself a bit of head space, he let's Pepper know that he is alive and safe and is currently up North in Tennessee, after a flight plan led him there, which is where he eventually meets a bright young kid, Harley Keener, who he teams up with, after breaking into his garage. He patches things up with Pepper near the end, he faces the Mandarin, battles it out against Aldrich Killian and his little extremis riddled puppets with the aid of James Rhodes (War Machine/Iron Patriot) and an entire party of suits. Once all is said and done, Tony decides to turn over a new leaf, insisting that J.A.R.V.I.S take care of the 'Clean Slate' protocol, resulting in blowing up his suits. I mean, it was Christmas after all. And finally, he was granted some long-awaited sleep after having the pieces of shrapnel removed from where his arc reactor homed itself all the years prior. However, still declaring at the end of it all...
"My armour was never a distraction or a hobby, it was a cocoon, and now I'm a changed man. You can take away my house, all my tricks and toys, but one thing you can't take away... I am Iron Man."
THOR: THE DARK WORLD (2013)
During the end of The Avengers, Thor is seen returning to Asgard, with his manipulative and mischievous brother, Loki. Who of course, is imprisoned for a majority of the film. Until the time comes when Thor has no one else to turn to, but Loki after a sudden attack on Asgard from the Dark Elves, during which allowed prisoners the opportunity to escape, pretty much all except Loki. Thor soon learns that the Dark Elf, Malekith desires the Aether, an Infinity Stone, to enable the convergence and have domination over all the realms of Yggdrasil, including Midgard (Earth). Thor and Loki work together, devising a plan, which does not entirely go to they way they intended... well, not as far as Thor believes. So, with the God of Thunder's mighty power and with the aid of Jane Foster, Erik Selvig, Darcy and newcomer Ian (a student), Malekith is defeated in London, where the convergence takes place after Thor has one last battle. He returns to Asgard, to receive praise from his father, Odin... who actually happens to be Loki in disguise, though Thor does not see this... Loki is the God of Mischief, after all. Our Thunder God is last seen reuniting with Jane on Earth.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (2014)
So, two years after the events that took place in The Avengers... what exactly is Captain America up to now? Well, let me tell ya! Everything is all still a bit of a blur for Cap, you know... I guess it would be after being a 'Capsicle' for 70 years, right? He needs a little time to re-adjust to things as they are today... as we all know times have changed, things aren't the way they used to be in the 1940's. Once Cap comes to grips with life as it is now, he learns that there is a new threat and that Hydra is still being 'hailed' after all this time. S.H.I.E.L.D becomes a liability and no one can be trusted, as Nick Fury himself warns Cap. So, himself and Black Widow take a step into the past at an old military bunker where Steve was trained, Arnim Zola (now a concious supercomputer) reveals that ever since S.H.I.E.L.D was founded after World War II, Hydra has secretly operated within its ranks with the goal that humanity would surrender its freedom in exchange for security. Along the way, Cap meets an old friend of his turned assailant for Hydra, Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier), who has been brainwashed to do Hydra's dirty work. Hydra's leader, Alexander Pierce then demands that the Helicarrier's be launched only to be destroyed after being chipped. So, who's gonna save the day? That's right. Captain America, Black Widow and the Falcon (aka Sam Wilson) work together to save the surrounded area of the city from destruction. Cap is left beaten, bloodied and bruised as the battle concludes, and falls into the ocean, only to later be pulled to shore by Bucky himself. Cap is then seen on his feet again during the end of the film, once again being ready to bear the burdens of being Captain America.
HOLD ON. WAIT. THERE IS SOMETHING MAJOR I HAVEN'T MENTIONED YET... AND YOU NEED TO SEE IT. RIGHT NOW. THE TRAILER... OBVIOUSLY!
Now, in my opinion this is the best trailer that has been released so far. Check it out and correct me if I'm wrong. Or don't correct me... because I know that I won't be wrong! You want proof? Watch [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) trailer... now! Right now!
I'm sorry, but... HOW MUCH EPIC DO YOU NEED IN ONE TRAILER? I mean, seriously! Don't be shy... it's perfectly okay to watch it again. Once you've done that however many times you desire, you can check out this recent TV Spot next! I know, I am so good to you guys.
I know... just leaves you wanting more, doesn't it? Every... damn... time. Well, because I'm a nice guy... I'll give you one last snippet of recent footage! It's all in the swing...
OH. Marvel are good to us, aren't they? They are just marvellous. See what I did there? Of course you did, but you can't handle my wit... or can you?
And just a little extra for y'all...
SOLO POSTERS OF EACH OF OUR FAVOURITE AVENGERS.
TONY STARK/IRON MAN
STEVE ROGERS/CAPTAIN AMERICA
BRUCE BANNER/THE INCREDIBLE HULK
NATASHA ROMANOFF/BLACK WIDOW
AND THERE IS SO MUCH MORE. But hey, you can't have too much of a good thing! I think I've given you all enough juicy things to look forwards to for 2015's most anticipated movie. So, tell your friends, 'keep both eyes open' and be ready for the film's release next month! Enjoy it when you see it... I know I will!
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