Let's Take a Closer Look at the New 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Trailer
by Ethan Anderton
January 13, 2015
Last night, a new trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron popped up during the College Football National Championship game, and it was online right away to watch over and over again. Thankfully, this one had tons of new footage that we didn't see in the first teaser trailer (or even the slightly extended version), and we got to see even more of Tony Stark and his Hulkbuster fighting Hulk (for a reason that we don't yet know, but keep reading for a solid theory). And because we're pretty damn excited for this comic book sequel, we wanted to take a closer look at the trailer, and examine some curious things glimpsed in it.
First, here's last night's new trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron if you haven't watched:
And now let's look at some of the more curious shots and sequences from the trailer…
One of the opening shots of the trailer shows some people being huddle around, seemingly led to safety by at least Hawkeye, and likely the rest of The Avengers. And then there's the above shot showing a big transport of some sort. Is there some kind of disaster or attack happening where these people need to be whisked away in a hurry? Were not entirely sure, but that's a big transport. Who does that belong to?
Check out this shot of Mark Ruffalo getting ready to transform into Hulk. Honestly, I just like this shot, because the transformation sequences always showcase impressive visual effects, but this one showcases the green eyes that feels like a nod to the old school TV series that Lou Ferrigno starred in decades ago. But also, it might hint as to why Hulk and Tony Stark are fighting later in the trailer (we'll get to that later).
Who is this woman in this cave? The best guess, considering the skin color of the woman, is that this has some kind of ties to Black Panther, especially since Kevin Feige has said that part of The Avengers: Age of Ultron will take place in the hero's fictional African land of Wakanda. And this woman looks like she could easily be part of Dora Milaje ("Adored Ones), a group of women warriors in the comics tasked to protect the Wakandan royal family. Or maybe she's even Black Panther's sister Shuri. Either way, it's safe to guess this could be a set up for Black Panther, who will be introduced in Captain America: Civil War.
Whoa, Tony Stark is getting blasted hard. And while this shot takes place immediately after a shot of Scarlet Witch using her red-colored power blasts, I'm wondering if Stark gets blasted by Ultron, and from here:
It's hard to tell since both of the blasts look relatively the same, but that shot of Stark is from inside somewhere, and the shot of Scarlet Witch is clearly her walking outside and then blasting someone. It could easily still be her blast, but just from another scene.
We're not entirely sure what's going on in this sequence, but it definitely caught my eye. Black widow gets grabbed by someone, but is that her on the gurney being rolled through the hallway? Whats going on here? Is Black Widow in trouble? Is this some kind of mind-trick played by Scarlet Witch?
Here's a second shot of Andy Serkis, and this time he certainly is a little more menacing since he has a gun in hand. Due to the aforementioned presence of Wakanda in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, there's a popular and likely theory that Serkis is playing Ulysses Klaw, a villain from the world of Black Panther. Again, since we know that hero is entering the Marvel universe soon, it would make sense to set up his world with some minor characters.
Also, check out this quick shot of what seems to be Black Widow. She has two pretty big guns that we haven't seen her use before. I would hate to be on the receiving end of them.
And what's going on here with Thor? At first it seemed like he was summoning his own lightning, but it looks like he's being hurt by it instead. What's more interesting is that woman behind him who seems to be manipulating it. For a closer inspection of this imagery and who that woman might be, check out SlashFilm, who suggests that Moondragon, Hela or Enchantress could be the source of this sorcery. Could this be part of a vision that Scarlet Witch shows Thor, teasing the events of Thor: Ragnarok?
Finally, let's get to the meat and potatoes of the new Hulk vs. Tony Stark footage. This is going to be an epic fight, and while we're all excited to see how it plays out, the question remains as to why Hulk and Stark are fighting. Bruce Banner seemed to mostly be in control of his anger in the end of The Avengers (though we're sure he can still get out of control), but what has pushed him to fight against his friends again? Well, let's look at Hulk's eyes in this shot:
Those certainly aren't the green eyes that we saw above when Bruce Banner begins turning into the Hulk. Vanity Fair guesses that Scarlet Witch might be using her powers to control Hulk, or maybe she just gave him some kind of vision of the future that has sent the big guy into a rage that can only be stopped by Stark's Hulkbuster armor. That seems like the best explanation, but it's still a guess for now.
Anyway, that's it for our quick, closer inspection of the latest trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. Is there anything else you saw that raised questions? What do you think about the two mystery women in the trailer? Are you still waiting patiently to see The Vision in action at some point? Sound off below!