Some Marvel fans have pledged not to watch too many trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron before it’s released, preferring to see everything for the first time in theaters, but for everyone else there’s been a cornucopia of TV spots and featurettes – detailing everything from the new enemies to the clothes on the Avengers’ backs.
Those who lack willpower should look away now, because Disney has just released a new featurette for Avengers: Age of Ultron that’s packed with juicy new clips. This time the focus is on the team dynamic, which in The Avengers was about a group of powerful people with very big egos trying to learn how to work together for the first time – and in Avengers: Age of Ultron, is about that same group of people being pulled apart and having their strengths testef.
Ultron’s motivations are still a little muddy, but the AI was originally conceived as a peacekeeping program designed to fill the space left behind by the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with the Avengers essentially taking over world policing. When Ultron goes rogue he continues with the plan to achieve peace, but unfortunately his idea of peace seems to involve exterminating humanity.
A long roll of B footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron has also made its way online, offering a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the stunts of the movie were created and what certain shots of characters using their powers look like before special effects are added (spoiler: they looked kind of goofy).
Team Avengers this time around consists of Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, War Machine and (eventually) Vision, while Team Ultron is made up of Ultron himself, his army of Ultron robots, and superpowered twins Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Scarlet Witch in particular poses a danger to the Avengers’ integrity, since her abilities allow her to get inside people’s heads and distort their realities.
Still, the Avengers could probably do with a bit more trial by fire before they face to come together again to face the events of The Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Part II. Just don’t tell Ultron that he’s the warm-up act for Thanos.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters on May 1 2015, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.