We're almost through Marvel Studios' Avengers: Age of Ultron marketing blitzkrieg, ahead of Joss Whedon's superhero team-up sequel opening in international markets next week - followed by its U.S. debut the week thereafter.
The movie's release isn't just big news for Marvel, either. Warner Bros. is reportedly going to attach the first theatrical trailer for Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - a theatrical preview just over two minutes long - to Age of Ultron, while a new trailer for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens might also be dropping soon - ahead of it being attached to certain prints of the Avengers sequel in theaters.
... But before that insanity (possibly) happens, we have an extended clip from Age of Ultron to share, providing a better look at the Stark's Tower scene - where, seemingly after a mission has been completed, Earth's Mightiest Heroes unwind by attempting to lift Mjolnir - that's been teased throughout the movie's trailers to date. It's a nice clip that showcases Whedon's trademark banter and good chemistry amongst the leads - and reflects the overall more sophisticated direction on the Avengers sequel (even in a simple comedic dialogue-driven sequence).
Moving on - check out the latest Age of Ultron featurette, with Whedon and Osar-winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne describing the superhero costumes of the Avengers sequel:
Many fans have already voiced their approval of the costume tweaks that Byrne made for Age of Ultron, be it Captain America's combat gear - which is closer to his Winter Solider outfit than his not-so-popular suit in the first Avengers - or Black Widow being decked out in TRON-style armor enhanced with electrical attachments. New additions Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver will be wearing their "less flashy" outfits for the majority of the film, by the look of it, but there may be some costume upgrades revealed over the course of Age of Ultron's running time.
There are several players, good and evil, that show up to (briefly) play key roles in the Age of Ultron storyline: Thomas Kretschmann as Hydra head Baron von Strucker, Andy Serkis as Black Panther enemy Ulysses Klaw, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/the War Machine, and Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon. These characters are featured in the new Age of Ultron images below - showing, among other things, select characters who may be crossing paths onscreen for the first time (be they Tony Stark and Sam Wilson or Ulysses Klaw and big baddie Ultron).
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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 will be in theaters May 1, 2015; Ant-Man on July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot - July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok - November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 - May 4, 2018; Black Panther - July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel - November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 - May 3, 2019; Inhumans - July 12, 2019.