Earth's Mightiest.... Android?!1 of 12Yesterday, a brand new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer hit the web. Among the staccato, action packed beats were a series of clues and questions that left fans speculating about what exactly Earth's mightiest sequel has in store for us.
Just who was that mysterious woman in the cave? What exactly do those shots of a younger Black Widow mean? How freakin' cool was that Hulkbuster armor? We've got the answers to these questions and more in our countdown of ten takeaways from the new Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer!
"You meddled with something you don't understand."2 of 12Thor's admonishment of Tony Stark points to something that's been rumored for a while now. While nothing is confirmed, some promotional materials have suggested that Tony Stark uses some Chitauri tech to create Ultron. This bit of dialogue certainly seems to allude to that idea.
Hulk and Black Widow: BFF's3 of 12In the first Avengers film, Black Widow and Hulk developed a strange rapport, with Natasha being Banner's first contact with S.H.I.E.L.D., and several scenes pointing to a kind of kinship between the two. There are multiple bits in this trailer - like Widow clasping hands with a seemingly rampaging Hulk - that give the impression that this relationship will only grow in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Black Widow Gets An Upgrade4 of 12Speaking of Black Widow, it looks like the Avengers' resident femme fatale is getting a serious boost to her arsenal. We've seen what looks like a tech-loaded new suit for Natasha in some promotional materials, but in this trailer we've got a shot of Black Widow laden with what look like souped-up new gauntlets, a more armored leather jumpsuit, and of course, a couple of giant guns.
Hulkbuster In Action5 of 12After previously catching glimpses of it here and there, this new trailer has lots of shots of the legendary Hulkbuster armor in action. While we could go into detail about what this means for Hulk as a possible adversary for the Avengers in Avengers: Age of Ultron, we'll simply rest on just how darn cool that Hulkbuster armor looks fulfilling its intended purpose. That's fan-service we can get behind.
The Red Room6 of 12It looks as though Black Widow will have a central role in Avengers: Age of Ultron - no surprise, considering that she was one of the breakout stars of the first film. With many people clamoring for a solo film, especially after yet another star turn as part of Captain America: The Winter Soldier's supporting cast, it's easy to see why Marvel is delving, in some small way, into Natasha's origin. The brief bits seen in this trailer - perhaps some kind of hallucination brought on by Scarlet Witch - point to a version of her most recent origin from comics, in which she is a Russian agent trained from a young age in a "Red Room," brainwashed to serve her government. Given what we know about Scarlet Witch - that she may be a victim of similar experimentation by Hydra - this may point to a possible camaraderie between the two.
"We have no place in this world."7 of 12Spoken by Black Widow, this line may be something literal, such as the Avengers being on the run, and in hiding from Ultron and his armies, or it may speak to something much deeper brewing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We know that Captain America: Civil War is on the horizon. And while the Avengers seemed to be pretty popular by the end of the first film, there are certainly people in power with trepidation at the idea of an organized group of superhumans. Remember, S.H.I.E.L.D. fell in disgrace already in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
With Stark - and ostensibly, the Avengers - on the hook for Ultron, will we see the populace flipping on their love of Earth's Mightiest Heroes?
Welcome to Wakanda8 of 12A lot of people seem to be mystified by that brief shot of a woman dropping her robe in a cave. However, keen-eyed fans have noticed that the woman bears a striking resemblance to a member of the Dora Milaje, the personal bodyguards of the Black Panther.
Exceptional women pulled from the various tribes of Wakanda, the Dora Milaje have played a big role in several recent Marvel stories - including Civil War. Knowing T'Challa himself will appear in that film, the inclusion of the Dora Milaje, and Andy Serkis's Ulysses Klaw (if that is indeed who he's playing) certainly point to Wakanda being established as part of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Avenger Vs. Avenger9 of 12There's a lot of Avengers flying around, blasting and punching stuff in this trailer - notably each other. While it's obvious that a throwdown between Iron Man and Hulk will comprise one of the film's biggest setpieces, it looks like Iron Man, or at least Tony Stark, will mix it up with Thor and Scarlet Witch as well. It's up for debate what this says about the film, though it could mean that it is Tony, and not the Hulk who turns. While that may seem unlikely, it wouldn't be the first time Stark has been at odds with his teammates, and, of course, there is that little matter of Captain America: Civil War coming down the pike.
What's New?10 of 12While there's plenty of new footage to be seen in this spot, there's not a lot of new content. No shot of the Vision, in or out of action, and very little of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, with only the back of the latter's head appearing in a single shot. Though it makes sense that this trailer focuses on the relationships built in the first film, the lack of a "holy crap" moment in this trailer makes us wonder just when we'll get our first official glimpse of the android Avenger, or any of the other myriad surprises that are certainly in store for the film.
Dark Age11 of 12The MCU hasn't always been a bright, shiny place, but there has yet to be a real downer among the ten films released so far. All of that could change with Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's a little hard to imagine Joss Whedon getting too bleak with the Avengers franchise, but that doesn't mean it's all going to be fun and games. The eerie score, Ultron's creepy, measured voice, the rampant destruction - it all points to Avengers: Age of Ultron being the MCU's "Empire Strikes Back" style of moment. With Captain America: Civil War directly on the horizon, spinning out of Avengers: Age of Ultron, it seems likely that this Avengers film will leave our heroes in a much less upbeat place than the last one.
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