Okay, so yesterday I woke up screaming.
In a good way.
Marvel’s second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron was released 2 days ago, and all of us comic nerds have been fanning ourselves for hours. Let’s chat about the new trailer, and what it could mean, but if you don’t want spoilers, close this browser immediately after watching the trailer 27 times.
You have been warned.
Are all the problems the Avengers face in this film because of Tony Stark?
Although in the comics the character Ultron was created by Hank Pym (or Ant-Man), Joss Whedon has acknowledged giving the character a origin story more concentrated on the Avengers we already know. This isn’t to say that Hank Pym won’t be involved, but more likely Tony Stark will have created the rogue robot after the events of Iron Man 3. A few weeks ago, a Reddit user released this promo art with a snippet of the character’s origins:
My theory is that when we hear Tony’s voice say, “This vulnerable world needs something more powerful than any of us”, he is referring to whatever he did that became Ultron. He could be referring to Ultron, but it’s also likely that we will see the Vision–or the super android version of JARVIS, although the filmmakers (and Paul Bettany) have been extremely tight-lipped on the subject. This “something more powerful” could refer to any number of things Stark has created–and it is likely that he did since he removed the arc reactor from his chest at the end of Iron Man 3.
In other news, it’s also probable that Extremis (featured in the last Iron Man film) will make a return when Tony Stark puts on the suit again. Without the arc reactor, he’ll need some way to power it, right? Just a guess.
Will we ever hear about Budapest?
I don’t know if we’ll hear Natasha and Clint’s Budapest story, but it looks like we’ll be getting a bit of backstory for the two deadly assassins. The glimpse of Hawkeye in the forest (0:13-14) and of Black Widow saying “We have no place in the world” (0:39-0:41) both look like they could be flashbacks.
Who is the woman in the cave?
Cue the vid at (0:30-0:31) and you’ll see a woman disrobing in a cave. Personally, I have no idea who or what she is, but a popular theory floating around the interwebs is that she’s likely connected to the future Black Panther film. And if she is, I’m very okay with that.
The moment that made me scream the loudest was the fight between the Hulk and the Hulkbuster Iron Man (presumably manned by Tony Stark). The Hulk’s eyes were red. Compare this to the earlier glimpse of Natasha and the Hulk (1:00-1:01), and you’ll see that the Hulk’s eyes are normally coloured. Hmmm…why would the Hulk’s eyes glow red? Well…let’s think back to The Avengers when Hawkeye was mind-controlled by Loki. His eyes were blue, presumably because Loki’s staff was blue.
Who in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is associated with red? Hmmm…
Where the f**k is Thanos?
If the origin story provided for Ultron is to be believed, it’s likely that Ultron has connections to the crazy Titan god. Whether or not the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are also on Ultron’s side…well…I’m inclined to believe they’re on their own side.
Until May 1, my friends. It’s only…106 more days.