From Gollum (Lord of the Rings) to Caeaser (Planet of the Apes), and acting and directing in between, Andy Serkis is the Oscar-deserving king of motion capture performance. He even has his own studio, The Imaginarium Studios, for digital animation based on performance capture. Not only has he assisted in the process of improving the realizing of Hulk in live-action, but he’s playing a character in Age of Ultron as well.
There’s one shot of Serkis in the trailer which confirms he’s playing a human character with a unique beard and look similar to that of Ulysses Klaw – a supervillain in the comics who battles The Avengers and Black Panther. He’s mastered control over sound in such a way that he uses it as a weapon and to change his physical form. Our guess: If Serkis is indeed Klaw, and since Ultron makes The Vision, perhaps he enlists the help of Klaw to use vibranium to improve The Vision (who we know can also change his physical form like in the comics, from what Paul Bettany told us).
First revealed in concept art during an ABC special last year, teased with a prop of its arm at Comic-Con this summer, and leaked before the official trailer release, The Avengers: Age of Ultron is the first Marvel Studios film to make use of Iron Man’s biggest suit: The Hulkbuster. Inside the Hulkbuster armor is a full normal-sized Iron Man suit with what we’re assuming is Tony Stark inside of it (that or Ultron is controlling it).
We’re curious if Banner helped in the creation of armor specifically designed to take him down – or if this was a secretive project by Stark and a major breach of trust. Note the extra repulsors on the knees and other areas to help the massive suit move, and the reinforced arm to punch the Hulk.
Hulk and Black Widow
There’s the briefest of shots in the trailer which shows Hulk gently put his hand down to Black Widow’s, confirming what we heard a while back about the pair having a relationship in the film. In the Comic-Con footage there was more to this scene where you could see Hulk’s face as well.
Thor vs. Tony
Whedon has said all along The Avengers will be tested and potentially torn apart and here we see the Asgardian Avenger rage against Tony Stark as Black Widow (in sweats) watches in the background. What Stark decision set Thor off? Does Thor simply blame Stark for Ultron? Is this foreshadowing events of Captain America 3 and its adaptation of Civil War?
Thor not only rages against Stark, he also rages against his rock bath – topless, of course. We don’t know what’s going on there, but in other scenes we see him so distraught he drops his mighty hammer Mjolnir.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is the most international Marvel movie yet, and production took place in South Korea, South Africa, Italy, London, etc. We’re not entirely sure what other locations some of these could double for, but Eastern Europe has a big role to play where destruction ensues, it seems.
The Twins seemingly originate from here and perhaps have been released – with their powers – by Strucker. It’s all very unclear and we still don’t know where their powers originate from.
First we see Ultron stumbling around, pieced together from seemingly random old suit parts from Stark’s workshop. Then we see the Ultron army version from the EW cover (above) which features a design that crosses between a modern movie iron man suit and the traditional comics design.There’s an army of those units and there’s a sequence of them invading a compound, some flying, some climbing walls.
Then there’s this almost organic metal version with detailed human-esque eyes, a moving mouth and more moving parts. If you can’t see it you can certainly feel James Spader moving in that face.
Perhaps this version is a vibranium version that gives him the strength to break Captain America’s shield. That’s our only explanation for this scene of melted metal being poured all over a robotic hand:
Ultron might not be the only one getting a few fixes or alterations. There are two shots in the trailer emphasizing medical tools and a gurney in a bleak room and hall. Who could that be for?
AI going rogue and attempting to eradicate humanity – sound familiar? There are numerous similarities to the story and themes of Terminator and the music at the end of the trailer hammers that idea home. There’s also of course the imagery above of the robotic arm molten steel although again, we’re thinking that’s intentional and plays into the idea above about Ultron’s evolution.
Perhaps he’s pouring a more powerful metal on his arms in an effort to upgrade himself to be more formidable against The Avengers – an idea Chris Hemsworth shared with us at Comic-Con when name-dropping vibranium. Vibranium is the super rare metal from the fictional African nation Wakanda (Black Panther!) that Captain America’s shield is made of. More on that later.
The dramatic music and terrifying Ultron painting a dark picture for the future of The Avengers couldn’t be emphasized more than in the final shot of the trailer, featuring Captain America’s shield broken in two. Yes, this happens in the comics too (several times, in fact); in the Comic-Con footage, however, this was a much bigger scene and featured all of The Avengers lying seemingly dead on the ground, with Tony Stark standing over their bodies. There’s just a hint of that here with Thor’s arm seen below:
We can only assume this is a dream sequence or vision of Stark’s – a very, very grim one (an effect of Scarlet Witch’s powers?). Could such false realities also explain this out of context ballet shot with Steve Rogers playing piano?
Chris Hemsworth mentioned to us at Comic-Con that Ultron could only handle Thor by upgrading himself with Vibranium, the same super rare metal Captain America’s shield is made of. That material is only found in the fictional Marvel Comics African nation of Wakanda, the home of Black Panther. Quinjets in the comics are a co-creation of Black Panther and as you saw up top, we get another new version here. Even Ulysses Klaw shares some of his most momentous history with the Black Panther family and uses vibranium in his weaponry. So, how long until we see Wakanda and meet Black Panther?
More Stills & Official Synopsis
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
If you noticed something we missed, share in the comments and we’ll add it in!
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, Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017, Black Panther on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Captain Marvel on July 6 2018, Inhumans on November 2 2018 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019.
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