To their credit, Marvel Studios has been holding back on revealing too much when it comes to Avengers: Age of Ultron and its story by Joss Whedon who returns to the director's chair after helping the first become the most successful superhero film of all-time, and the third biggest at the worldwide box office. We had the opportunity to chat with Whedon and the cast while visiting the Avengers 2 set last summer but even then, everyone involved was guarded and tight-lipped. The message is clear: no spoilers.
We've done our best to piece together details from the marketing assets, interviews, merchandise, tie-in comics and even Marvel's future plans for the franchise, but there's still so much we don't know which is what has brought anticipation for a new official trailer to an all-time high. That new tease, the third official U.S. Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, is finally here.
Unlike the second trailer which placed the spotlight on Hulk, this third variant features mostly new footage, including more of the turmoil between Earth's Mightiest, background on how Stark is responsible for Ultron, and of course, the team fighting together and against each other. And yes. there's the first look at Vision, however brief, right at the end.
Did you catch the scene of Quicksilver punching out Captain America using super speed? Scarlet Witch mind-controlling Black Widow? Hawkeye taking out a crowd of Ultrons with a flame arrow?
The Vision is a character writer and director Joss Whedon desperately wanted to introduce into the MCU since he began work on the first Avengers film. While Paul Bettany, previously the voice of Iron Man's A.I. assistant J.A.R.V.I.S. wouldn't give us details on his role or even his contract length with Marvel when we spoke with him at Comic-Con International, some rumors point to the character reappearing in Captain America 3 (even before it was officially given the subtitle Civil War and revealed that Robert Downey Jr. would be starring) and having a major role to play for years to come.
Vision's origins remain largely a mystery and while it seemed he was created by Ultron in the movie as he was in the comics, marketing materials suggest that Bruce Banner and Tony Stark might be responsible for creating him, if not, helping program him. It's especially confusing since when were on set, we watched Thor and Vision fighting one another. For more on that and other in-depth details, check out our set interviews (more still to come!):
- Joss Whedon Interview - From The Set of Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Robert Dowey Jr. Interview - From The Set of Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Mark Ruffalo Interview - From The Set of Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Chris Hemsworth Interview - From The Set of Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Jeremy Renner Interview - From The Set of Avengers: Age of Ultron
- Chris Evans Interview - From The Set of Avengers: Age of Ultron
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, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, 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.
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.