Comic book adaptations are most definitely having a moment, as the release of a new trailer for the upcoming Disney/Marvel Avengers: Age Of Ultron only further serves to attest to.
Due out in theaters May 1, Avengers: Age Of Ultron sees the fan favorite Marvel characters joining forces once again to battle an enemy whose thoughts on a serene existence are that there is “only one path to peace… extinction.”
As the Huffington Post reports, at the tweeted behest of #AvengersAssemble, three trailers have now been released to whet fans’ and the general public’s appetites for the forthcoming film directed by Joss Whedon (he of once-upon-a-time Buffy The Vampire Slayer fame). There will be no further teasers. With a script adapted by Whedon from the comic book originals of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Avengers: Age Of Ultron sees Iron Man Tony Stark inadvertently set loose on the planet the artificial intelligence Ultron, a highly-advanced technological creation meant to keep the peace (unfortunately, with an entirely inhuman concept of what that means).
Starring Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Evans (Captain America), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), and of course Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man – among others – Avengers: Age Of Ultron is the sequel to Whedon’s 2012 The Avengers. It is planned that there will be two further films in the über-successful movie franchise (Avengers: Infinity War Parts 1 & 2). Indeed, the glimpse of Vision in the third trailer (voiced by Paul Bettany) gives substance to such a hope. The villainous Ultron is voiced by James Spader.
As Deadline reported, advance tickets went on sale yesterday for the Disney/Marvel movie, with great expectancy for May’s opening weekend takings. The Avengers franchise has been so successful, in fact, that the first film closed at $623.4 million, making it the third highest grossing movie after Avatar($760.5 million) and Titanic($658.7 million). As the Inquisitr reported, along with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the upcoming Avengers: Age Of Ultron is one of the most highly-anticipated films of 2015, not least because of the possibility of losing one of the Avengers themselves. The question now is, which one? As Black Widow says, “Nothing lasts forever.”
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With Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury admitting that the Avengers have “nothing but our wit and our will to save the world” keeping them alive against the seemingly unstoppable Ultron (most of the superheroes seem to take quite a beating in the third trailer), Avengers: Age Of Ultron looks set to keep audiences on the edge of their seats in May as Ultron warns, “People would look to the sky and see hope: I’ll take that from them first.” Fans’ expectant hope for a first-class Avengers movie will keep them going until then, whether they’re “puppets on strings” or not.
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