It’s that time again: a major superhero movie (The Avengers: Age of Utron) is beginning to ramp up its marketing machine, and that means coordinating the release tie-in merchandise. As has become routine in the industry, that merchandising has given away possible new details about the film, which fans will have some fun speculating about.
In this case, 6 new images from the Age of Ultron LEGO play sets raise plot and character questions worth discussing. NOTE: These LEGO toy sets may not reveal actual moments from the film – the images may be purely for promotional purposes. Take all of this with a GRAIN OF SALT.
WARNING – POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOLLOW!
1. Scarlett Witch Curses Hulk?
One standout moment of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is no doubt the showdown between The Hulk and Iron Man in his iconic Hulkbuster Armor. In the scene, Hulk looks disortiented and wild, leading to lots of fan speculation about what’s wrong with the Jade Giant. Thanks to improved mo-cap CGI, one can truly see the emotion from actor Mark Ruffalo coming through Hulks face. Something is clearly amiss.
Like so many fans, we had our own speculation about what Hulk is going through: and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlett Witch was a focus. Witch has “hex power” in the comics, and in the film it’s expected that those powers will take the form of some kind of psychic abilities (telepathy, telekinesis). Here’s how director Joss Whedon described early on in production:
“Besides the fact that I grew up reading [Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch], their powers are very visually interesting. One of the problems I had on the first one was everybody basically had punchy powers. [Quicksilver]’s got super speed. [Scarlet] can weave spells and a little telekinesis, get inside your head. There’s good stuff that they can do that will help sort of keep it fresh.”
Now check out this LEGO playset image (via Brickset):
Notice someone in the upper-right corner hovering ominously over Hulk (not to mention hovering at all)? Yup, that’s Scarlett Witch alright. From the composure of the scene, it’s Iron Man Hulkbuster versus Scarlett and that Ultron drone. Hulk, meanwhile, is either in some kind of mobile attack fortress (a part of the play set), or is trapped in some kind of immobilizing device, about to get hit by the Witch (possibly in the film?).
NOTE: Clearly these are toy sets and therefore not at all officially accurate to the film (like that Hulk trap contraption thingy). However, this LEGO image suggests that Hulk at some point gets tagged with some mental influence – which could result in the big guy losing control and being publicly shunned. Plus, there’s Mark Ruffalo’s statement that Hulk may not be right, on the inside, by the time Age of Ultron is done.
2. Avengers vs. Hydra: Operation Loki’s Scepter?
One aspect that’s been debated all through the MCU is the nature of the scepter Loki (Tom Hiddleston) used in The Avengers. Now we know that it’s the Mind Infinity Stone.
Whether the Mind Stone retains its exact properties from the comics (control of the mind) remains to be seen; but thanks to the Captain America: The Winter Soldier post-credits scene, we know that it is currently in the possession of one Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann). And as revealed in the Avengers 2 trailer, the Avengers superhero squad is going to be paying Strucker a visit.
Here’s the LEGO version:
The first image is very specific – one has to wonder if the Hulk/Cap “catapult special” isn’t a great moment from the film, spoiled here. But moving on…
It seems as though the team could indeed be meeting “The Twins” in this sequence, as Quicksilver is seen coming at Hulk pretty fast. On the other side of things, the second image needs to be taken with a grain of salt; the trailer already implies that Hawkeye will be creeping around on foot – not zooming through the mountain snow in his own Avengers-brand Humvee.
The one real question worth focusing on, though, is whether Loki’s staff (which Strucker is seemingly clutching at the top of the tower) is the focus of the Avengers mission – or just a byproduct of it. It’s a pertinent point for the film’s story – especially as it pertains to our next entry…
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