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Second ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Bows, Destroys Internet (Analysis)

The second trailer for Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer has bowed, and it makes Ant-Man look like a boring infomercial by comparison. Here it is, followed by some commentary:

Who has goosebumps? While there’s a lot of new content here, not a ton of it suggests any new avenues for the movie to go in that we didn’t glean from the first trailer. But let’s break it down anyways and make ridiculous conjectures.

  • “Everyone creates the thing they dread,” James Spader’s Ultron declares, of course talking about Tony Stark, the man directly responsible for the apocalypse-level threat of Ultron. Stark is getting some humble pie in this movie, and it’s clear his mistake/invention could tear the team apart.
  • Why? We see Thor choking out Tony outside of his armor, and of course, Hulk and Iron Man engaging in what will probably be the most badass fight of the entire movie, with the world finally getting to see the infamous Hulkbuster armor in action. Will Hulk be out of control, and Tony forced to take his best friend down? Or is Hulk speaking up for the rest of the Avengers, putting Tony in his place? It appears like Bruce Banner and Hulk have made progress early in the trailer, being gentle with Black Widow and showing signs of recognition. Either that goes out the window, or perhaps Hulk is in the right to take down Tony Stark (considering he created a monster who could turn the world into a YA dystopian novel). A popular theory has been that Hulk will end up thrown in space by the Avengers, because he’s too dangerous, leading to a Planet Hulk movie and an even more pissed off Hulk when he returns. But considering Hulk is nowhere to be seen in Phase 3 (in a solo fashion), I find it very unlikely. Considering the Hulk’s bleary red eyes that we see for just a moment, and Scarlet Witch’s “red” powers (and the fact that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch will at least begin the movie on the side of evil), EW’s Anthony Breznican predicts that Scarlet Witch is controlling Hulk in this battle. After reading it, I’m sold on that being exactly what is happening here.
  • We get a glimpse of Sam Jackson as Nick Fury, who even wrests control of the voice-over from Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark for a line.
  • Ultron looks phenomenal, guys. Some beautiful FX work here.
  • Not only do we get a Black Widow ass shot in this movie, it appears Black Widow is going to be a very important part of the puzzle. She’s the only one who can settle down the Hulk (the Beauty to the Beast, the Ann Darrow to King Kong) and she’s getting tortured/attacked with a different haircut, which very well could be a flashback giving us some back story to Natasha Romanoff. If this is true, this hints that the movies are going with her retconned origin, as a Russian super soldier who was brainwashed and forced to kill for the KGB, kinda like the Winter Soldier. I don’t really like the Super Soldier bit, if that’s what they go with. I like that Natasha doesn’t have powers.
  • The globe-spanning nature of the sequel is clear, given the innumerable cities reduced to rubble we see, and the wide variety of geography serving as the background to a lot of combat. Like a lot of combat. We see a helluva lot more explosions and actions than the emotional, still, funny moments that Joss Whedon is most loved for. Those will be what makes this movie more than just a summer tentpole.
  • Somebody gets naked in this movie, and I have no idea who. It’s a dark-skinned woman in a cave, and I even thought she might be purple skinned (insert Thanos reference here; Nebula?). Given that Andy Serkis is in all likelihood Ulysses Klaw, the all but certain villain in Black Panther, there’s likely to be a Wakanda presence in this film, linking T’Challa to the rest of the MCU, and that’s where I’d guess this cave to be (Vibranium!), with that woman likely being Wakandan. Or…maybe it’s Jocasta, an android created to be…Ultron’s bride in the comics, using Wasp’s “life energies.” Jocasta eventually switches to the Avengers’ side. Considering Janet Van Dyne/Wasp has been assimilated into whomever Evangeline Lily is in Ant-Man, if this is Jocasta, her personality might be taken from Pepper Potts, another blow to the gut to Stark.
  • There’s a few shots of the team in some sort of temple…which could mean anything. More Wakanda…something intimating Dr. Strange, or the Inhumans or Thanos. It’s all speculation.
  • We still don’t get to see anything of Vision, and Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are given scant few glimpses.

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stomps its way into theaters May 1, 2015. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie,  Don Cheadle, Andy Serkis, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, James Spader and every other actor on the planet.