[Warning: This article contains potential SPOILERS in the form of scene descriptions.]
Marvel wouldn't be the media-spanning, box office-breaking, all-consuming commercial behemoth that it is without a healthy dose of toy tie-ins and merchandise thrown in. This is especially true since Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the world's second largest entertainment company, which also happens to have a partnership with the world's largest toy company: The Lego Group.
The LEGO Super Heroes toy line features both DC and Marvel characters and many of the sets are based on scenes from the movies, such as the Guardians of the Galaxy "Knowhere Escape Mission" set and "Loki's Cosmic Cube Escape," based on the scene from The Avengers. More recently marketing images of Lego's toy sets for Avengers: Age of Ultron were revealed, offering fresh hints as to the context behind certain scenes that have been shown in the trailers.
Thanks to detailed toy listings from UK catalogue retailer Argos (courtesy of TheBrickFan), there's now a lot more than just speculation to go on, as descriptions for each of the toy sets detail exactly what is happening in each of the scenes. It's worth pointing out straight away that the toy sets do not always tally exactly with what happens in the movies; for example, in "Loki's Cosmic Cube Escape" an Iron Man figurine is included and the product description mentions Iron Man chasing down Loki and the brainwashed Hawkeye, which didn't happen in The Avengers. If it had, the movie might have been a lot shorter.
Caveat in place, the product descriptions for the Age of Ultron toy sets do seem to fit both what has been shown and what has been speculated regarding certain scenes from the upcoming sequel. Here's how things go down, according to Lego.
Attack on Avengers Tower (76038)
The Heroes are having a party when suddenly Avengers Tower comes under Ultron attack from the inside! Evil Ultron Mark 1 has assembled himself in the lab and is exploding out the windows. Help Iron Man and Thor to defeat Ultron and the 2 Iron Legion accomplices under his control. Make plans in the JARVIS control room and treat injured Super Heroes in the sick bay.
An Iron Legion is blasting out the doors and windows of the ground-floor robot bay. The other has stolen the Loki Scepter from the analysis lab so pursue him with Thor and take aim from the roof of the tower with the secret hidden drone and stud shooters. You must retrieve the Scepter and stop Ultron!
Iron Man vs. Ultron (76029)
Team up with Iron Man MK45 to take on the Ultron army in an ultimate battle! Defend against aerial attacks from the Ultron vehicle piloted by the Sub-Ultron officer. Take cover as Sub-Ultron troopers leap from the back of the vehicle and fire their stud shooters. Then activate Iron Mans Super Jumper to topple the Sub-Ultron officer and bring the vehicle crashing to the ground!
Duel with Hydra/Hydra Showdown (76030)
Join Thor and Hawkeye as they chase the Hydra henchman through the Sokovia winter forest! Place Hawkeye in the cockpit of the awesome Avengers 4×4 vehicle and accelerate away. When you have the Hydra offroader in your sights, fire the flick missiles from the rotating turret and swerve away from the offroaders powerful stud shooter. Then launch Thor on his Super Jumper and disable the stud shooter with one perfectly aimed jump!
Hulkbuster Rescue Mission/The Hulk Buster Smash (76031)
Hulk has been trapped by the powers of Scarlet Witch and she is ready to fire an electrical bolt if he tries to escape! Place Iron Man in the cockpit of the humungous Hulk Buster suit and rush to the rescue. On the way you must fend off aerial attacks from the flying Ultron.
Adjust the Hulk Busters arms and legs to create fearsome battle poses and grab the villain with the powerful hands. With Ultron safely in the mechs grip, attach Iron Man to his Super Jumper. Then take out Scarlet Witch with an accurate jump and free the imprisoned Hulk!
The Avengers Quinjet City Chase (76032)
Launch a high-speed pursuit of Ultron with the Avengers in the iconic Quinjet. Place Black Widow at the controls in the cockpit and soar into the sky. Fire the stud shooters and release Captain America on his super-cool bike to take the pursuit to the streets. Iron Man MK43 is flying alongside the Quinjet using his thrusters, ready to take on Ultron. When the time is right, make the perfect jump onto the truck to explode the sides and reveal the precious cargo.
There aren't any huge revelations in these descriptions, but they do seem to confirm a lot of things. For example, the scenes in the wintry forest and castle of Sokovia, a fictional location in Eastern Europe, are apparently part of a sequence in which the Avengers confront Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann), seen above in his tiny Lego form. When last seen in the mid-credits sequence of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, von Strucker was in possession of the Chitauri Scepter.
It makes sense that the Avengers would want to get the scepter back, but if Ultron later steals it from Stark Tower than presumably the Sokovia scenes take place near the beginning of the film, before Ultron's rise to power.
Also of interest is the confirmation that Hulk's descent into... Hulkness is triggered by Scarlet Witch messing with Bruce Banner's mind, and the description of Ultron being involved in the fight scene is interesting. Of course it's possible that he was simply thrown into the toy set for extra drama, as Iron Man was in the "Loki's Cosmic Cube Escape" set. Then again, director Joss Whedon has said that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are on "Team Ultron," so perhaps he's watching over his protégés.
Let us know in the comments if you're planning to buy any or all of these Lego sets and fill your home with Avengers: Age of Ultron dioramas. We won't judge you.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out in theaters on May 1st, 2015.