October 24, 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer!

Without further ado:

Newsarama has a "5 Odd Things We Noticed" about the trailer, but you won't be missing much if you don't read it.

Here's what I garner from the trailer and from reading various synopses:

-- Apparently Stark has created some sort of defense network a la The Terminator, which in this case happens to be Ultron (voiced by James Spader). Upon becoming self-aware, Ultron does what SkyNet did -- tries to wipe out humanity.

This Ultron origin differs from the comics in that the evil robot was created by Hank Pym, aka Ant Man/Giant Man. As Ultron's intelligence increased, he evolved his body, too.

-- Stark's creation kinda makes sense since SHIELD has been decimated (see: Captain America: The Winter Soldier).

-- The Avengers seem pissed off at Stark, especially Thor. And Stark has to don his Hulkbuster armor to battle you-know-who! (By the way, the Hulkbuster suit bears an uncanny resemblance to the comicbook version from the early 1990s – created by Len Kaminski and Kevin Hopgood.)

Newsarama postulates that this may sow the seeds of the “Civil War” saga which Marvel is reportedly bringing to the big screen next. As you may know, the opposing sides of “Civil War” were led by Iron Man (pro-superhero registration) and Capt. America (anti-superhero registration).

-- Also as Newsarama notes, although there is no direct appearance of The Vision in the clip, we do see a brief “flashback” sort-of sequence featuring Cap. Sharp-eyed viewers of the first Cap film will have noticed Phineas Horton’s display at the World’s Fair scene – Horton being the creator of the android Original Human Torch, which was later reformatted into The Vision (in the classic Avengers #57). We know Vizh is in the film and word is he is Stark’s A.I. JARVIS downloaded into Vizh’s android body.

-- Who we DO see: The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. If you stayed for the post-credits scene in Cap 2, you saw the mutant twins. Quicksilver’s effects seem way cool; the Witch’s “hexes” are visualized by – check it -- scarlet-colored F/X.

-- Who needs to get credit: There was some chatter on Facebook about the aforementioned Len Kaminski and Kev Hopgood getting at least a screen credit for their creation of the Hulkbuster armor. I hope indeed they do get at least that. (Hopgood indicated he and Kaminski got some compensation for the appearance of War Machine in the Iron Man films.) Kurt Busiek deserves a credit as his Ultron story in early volume three Avengers looks to be the basis for (part of) the film. (I know there was a more recent story; however, most recent stuff has been garbage compared to stories from the early 2000s and before.

Posted by Hube at October 24, 2014 07:29 PM | TrackBack

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Yeah, yeah, color me pumped.

So I was just thinking... how WOULD Civil War even possibly work in the MCU (marvel cinematic universe) as it is? Last time I read it (still got a few trades) for the CW to even remotely work one would need a substantial number of heroes for there to be a WAR. Right now with... half a dozen in the MCU? a conflict would be more of a skirmish.

Heck it also seemed that "secret identities" was also a big part of the CW (but then I could be biased since the only other part of it I picked up was Spidey's) yet in the MCU... who has a secret identity?

At the moment it seems like there is just no way Marvel's civil war could work in the movie 'verse at this time or any time soon. We need at least like... three more years expanding the roster or so.

Posted by: Nate Winchester at October 28, 2014 02:32 PM