Last week, when The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer was leaked ahead of its "official" premiere on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel and Disney reacted by releasing the trailer online almost a week early. What surprised many fans was that it wasn't the footage that was shown at last summer's San Diego Comic-Con, or the footage reportedly released at the recent New York Comic-Con.
Many who had seen the footage at those two events described a scene where the Avengers were gathered at what is presumably Stark Tower, relaxing and having a competition to see who could lift Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. Legend has it that only one who is worthy of ruling Thor's homeworld of Asgard can lift the mythical hammer.
Last night on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel officially debuted that trailer, according to Deadline, with the hammer footage. Have a look, and then we'll discuss what we've seen.
The trailer does a great job of right off the bat of reminding us why we love The Avengers. The witty banter and obvious chemistry between the characters during lighter moments is a pure pleasure to watch. Seeing Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Rhodes (Don Cheadle) needle each other while they attempt to lift the hammer with the aid of Iron Man technology, seeing Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) sip on a beer and decline an attempt - "...that's not a question I need answered" - and seeing Thor's (Chris Hemsworth) reaction when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) moves the hammer just the tiniest bit. We know these characters so well from the comics, from their own films and of course from the first Avengers film... and we've missed them.
A squeal of technological noise and a robot (Ultron - voiced by James Spader) moves into the room telling them, "How could you be worthy? You're all puppets. Tangled in... strings."
The appearance of Ultron in Stark Tower lends credence to what everyone seems to take for fact - that Ultron is a product of Tony Stark's inventions. Tony's own words later in the trailer, "It's the end. The end of the path I started us down," and Black Widow's reply, "Nothing lasts forever," possibly speak further to Tony being responsible to Ultron.
The clip where Thor grasps Stark by the neck and lifts him into the air seems to represent a rift in the team we enjoy seeing getting along. The scene where the Hulk battles Iron Man in what has commonly been referred to as "Hulkbuster Armor," would lend further credence to that rift... if it's actually Tony in that suit. At no point do we see Tony Stark's face in the clips where the Hulk Busting Iron Man is battling the Hulk. Could that mean that Ultron is possibly controlling the suit?
Much of this has already been covered with the release of the first trailer last week, including the proposal of a possible dream sequence resulting in Captain America's broken shield, and the appearance of Andy Serkis most likely as the character of Ulysses Klaw, a villain that will become prominent in the recently announced Black Panther film according to Screen Rant.
But many questions still remain. Why is Bruce Banner freaking out? What's up with the castle the Avengers all seem to gather at - the one where Cap' kicks in the door? We only see Nick Fury for a brief moment in the trailer, will Samuel L. Jackson's role be greatly diminished in The Avengers sequel following the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier?
All great questions, and we've got almost a solid year to think about them until The Avengers: Age of Ultron is released in May of 2015. What do you think of the new footage? What did you see in the trailer and what questions do you have? Sound off in the comments below!
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