Avengers 2 Trailer Breakdown
The announcement that the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron trailer would air after next week’s Agents of SHIELD sent the internet into an uproar. The leaked trailer that followed sent fans into a crazed frenzy. It spread like wildfire as Marvel scrambled to pull it down but ultimately gave in. After a tongue-in-cheek tweet that read “Dammit, Hydra” the trailer made its official debut on YouTube and the resulting squee could be heard around the world. So what secrets does the trailer show? Let me break it down for you:
Let’s start with the voice over. That menacing voice that runs through the trailer is James Spader, star of The Blacklist and known for his role in Stargate, he will voice the big bad Ultron. His vicious growl is the last step in creating the ultimate A.I. villain. In Marvel lore, Ultron is created by Hank Pym, develops sentience and then goes on to terrorize the Marvel U. In Avengers 2, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) will be the father of Ultron. The trailer shows us our first look at the robot menace. About 18 seconds into the trailer there’s a glimpse of his arm forming under melting metal, similar to a 1969 story line in which Ultron covers himself with indestructible adamantium. Unfortunately, Fox owns the rights the term adamantium, but it is possible that the movie might see Ultron bathe himself in vibranium which would make him just as dangerous, note how his appearance looks different at the end of the trailer (1:56) from the beginning (0:36).
In other huge revelations, there is a brief glimpse of ballerinas suggesting that Avengers 2 will tell some of the Black Widow’s backstory. Natasha trained with the famous Bolshoi Ballet as a cover for her real occupation as a spy in training with the Black Widow program. While the idea of seeing the Widow’s backstory on film, I sincerely hope that this doesn’t mean that Marvel will not be giving her a solo movie. There is also a look at Tony’s Hulkbuster armor, which made its first appearance in 1994 and was built to battle giant green rage monsters. It is an add on to the Mark XI Modular Armor, the Hulkbuster can press 175 tons and this trailer shows it in full action.
As if all of that isn’t enough excitement, let us not forget about the Ultron Sentinels, the first look at Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch’s (Elizabeth Olson) powers, James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) hanging out with the rest of the crew in the Avenger’s Tower, Nick Fury’s dramatic return, or that epic tease at the end of the trailer; Captain America’s (Chris Evans) shattered shield. All of these goodies are strung together with a very appropriate and creepy version of Pinocchio’s “I’ve Got No Strings” playing in the background and reveal a very dark sequel to Joss Whedon’s 2012 Avengers. Unfortunately, this trailer didn’t show Paul Bettany’s Vision, or reveal the mysterious role that Andy Serkis will play, so I guess we’ll have to wait until the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron releases in May 2015, to learn all the gritty details.