Last night was the championship game of the inaugural college football playoff, and while the game was kind of a turd (unless you’re an Ohio State University fan, then it totally ruled), there was one big highlight for movie fans, a brand spanking new trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. And it’s awesome. But don’t take our word for that, check it out for yourself.
Like most of what we’ve seen for Age of Ultron, this short new trailer has a much darker tone than much of what comprises the Marvel Cinematic Universe up to this point. Things are grim, there’s a harsh new threat that “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” might not be able to defeat, huge rifts form between members, and these are superheroes pushed to their limits. This is haunting and bleak, and if you weren’t already pumped for this movie, you should be after watching this.
In the first Avengers movie, all of the separate threads, the individual movies in the MCU, came together into one big event that forever changed the landscape, and that certainly looks to be the strategy again here. After the events of that movie, now that S.H.I.E.L.D. lies in ruins, and now that the whole world knows there are powerful aliens out there, Tony Stark says the world needs something more powerful than the Avengers to protect it. That leads to Ultron, which is a plan that backfires horribly, and as you can clearly see, is going to lead to some major problems.
There’s a ton of stuff going on. You see the heroes clash with Ultron (voiced with perfect menace by James Spader).
You get glimpses of the infighting, like with Thor grabbing Tony Stark by the throat. This is sewing the seeds of discord that are sure to be fully in bloom by the time we get to the next Captain America movie, which is going to bring to life the fan favorite Civil War storyline.
But of all of this Avenger on Avenger violence, it’s a super pissed off Hulk versus Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor that we’re really excited to see. That’s going to be a good, good time. Word is that this isn’t even the big final fight, and that they’re keeping the climactic, most comic book-y battle totally under wraps.
There are some mysteries in this trailer as well. Chief among them is this woman about to go for a dip in this cave. Some point to the earlier Age of Ultron trailer, where Thor emerges from a similar looking pool, and suspect that this could be our first introduction to elements we’ll see more of in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok.
There’s also been a lot of speculation about Andy Serkis’ character. Many presume that he is Ulysses Klaw, archenemy of the Black Panther. We know we’re getting a Black Panther movie in Phase 3, and this certainly seems like as good a place as any to introduce that thread. Perhaps they go to Wakanda, which could be where Ultron mines Vibranium to enhance his exoskeleton.
There’s also some sinister looking medical equipment, which could possibly have something to do with a flashback to Black Widow’s earlier days (there’s also a shot of her with bangs, which indicates a different timeframe).
Marvel is good at playing things close to the vest, so we won’t likely know much until the Joss Whedon-directed movie opens everywhere May 1, and that’s just fine with us.