Don't call it a comeback, they've been Avenging for years.1 of 7As we mentioned earlier Thursday, genre fans all across the World Wide Webs have spent the better part of the last 24 hours pouring over every last frame of the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer.
We’ve already gone into exhaustive detail trying to identify the mystery woman in Avengers Tower, and we’ll leave it to others to try to figure out if Andy Serkis is Ulysses Klaw and if that means the Black Panther will be making a surprise appearance.
But for tonight’s brief countdown, we’re going to focus on some observations that may not mean a thing - just some little images and moments we noticed that might just be odd innocuous details, or who knows, maybe are pieces of the bigger puzzle.
AVENGERS INTERVENTION2 of 7
As we said, we spent a good amount of time Thursday poring over the Avengers Tower scene trying to identify who the woman is standing next to Thor. Over the course of our close examination of those specific images it all of a sudden dawned on us, “wow, that’s a lot of @#$%ing booze.”
Click open this image to your left and take a look yourself. Avengers Tower is literally littered with beer and wine bottles and half-finished glasses of champagne, including behind the couch! Where's the real Jarvis when you need him?
We’ve assumed since Comic-Con this scene takes place during a private Avengers get-together, but now we’re wondering if the scene takes place after a larger more public party, perhaps the launch party of Tony’s Stark’s Avengers Robotic Peacekeeping Force, which would help explain the presence of Rhodey and Maria Hill.
Either that or the Avengers are slobs and/or raging alcoholics.
Does it mean a thing? Like we say, maybe, maybe not. But now we can’t unsee all the bottles and glasses and have to wonder exactly what the context of this scene is.
FLASHBACK TO A VISION?3 of 7
The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it couple of frames showing Steve Rogers in what’s clearly a 40’s war-time setting wasn’t too much of a surprise given we knew Hayley Atwell is reprising her role as Peggy Carter for the film, but it was an interesting inclusion in a first teaser trailer nonetheless.
Italy was of course a front during for World War II, and what appears to be an abandoned castle in an Italian mountain range that shows up a few times during the trailer could be the easy link. Obviously with Baron von Strucker as a known villain, the story somehow goes back to the origins of Hydra during the war.
But we can’t help also recall the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it easter egg of Phineas T. Horton’s android in the Captain America: The First Avenger World’s Fair scene and the fact that originally in the comic books, that’s whose body Ultron used to build the Vision.
The Vision has to be more than just another robot-AI, and we’re wondering if Age of Ultron will take some time out to establish his origins in WWII.
TONY’s a LITTLE BIT COUNTRY4 of 7
Tony Stark is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s resident metrosexual (although where Thor got his party threads in a discussion for another day) so it’s a little bit jarring to see him rocking plaid in what looks like someone’s garage during this moment.
Perhaps he’s meeting with the still-underground Nick Fury (who shows up for a sec a few moments later) in some backwoods safe house that’s clearly located in the United States.
But could this be a callback to Iron Man 3? In a moment of crisis/self-doubt does Tony head back to Rose Hill, Tennessee to see kid inventor Harley, whose garage Tony hid out in and regained some of his mojo during the course of that film?
If you watch the scene you could make the argument Tony's eyes are looking down.
Again, we're flirting with things that may mean nothing.
ULTRON’s PIPES5 of 7
We suppose when you have James Spader you don’t want to autotune away his distinctive expressive (and in this case) creepy voice with too much robotic sheen, but he doesn’t sound anything like we’ve imagined Ultron sounds like in our heads all our lives.
Perhaps his dialogue will be sound mixed more for the actual film, or maybe not. But we wouldn’t mind a little more metallic ‘ting’ and for Ultron to sound a little more robot-y in the final product.
IT GETS LATE EARLY6 of 7
Joss Whedon promised years ago that Age of Ultron would be about the Avengers vs. themselves, and it looks like the fissure is going to start happening real early.
Going back to noticing the characters’ clothes, Tony seems to be wearing the same dark blue shirt-vest-tie combo at both the party (which we assume will be early in the film before everything goes to sh*t) and when Thor angrily grabs him by the neck. Natasha also appears to be wearing a casual jacket over what could be the black dress she’s wearing in the party scene.
This seems to suggest the Avengers learn something about what Stark has done very early in the film and it makes Thor really, really mad.
In other words, the rumored “Civil War” may start even earlier than we thought.
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