Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review of alternate 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer

Ultron is a badass — and that's even before James Spader added his super creepy voice to the menacing, power-hungry robot.

Yes, it's been quite a while since I've posted here on Cary's Comics Craze. The last time I was inspired to blog here it was after Marvel Studios and its distinguished competition, DC Entertainment, announced a whole mess of movies through 2020.

Even more "recently," I was talking about "the bats** crazy and extremely menacing Ultron"— who just so happens to be one of my favorite villains and certainly The Avengers' greatest and most challenging foe. As I've said in my "Cape and Cowl Crowd" online column for the POP! Shop in Sandusky, Ohio — when I reviewed Brian Michael Bendis' 12-part AGE OF ULTRON limited series, "I love me some Ultron."

Well anyway, thanks to the release of the alternate trailer for "Avengers: Age of Ultron," inspiration has hit me again! (And I'll try to be better about posting slightly more regularly!)

Here's a not-quite second-by-second review of the new footage (I did a similar style review for the trailers of "Iron Man 2" at the former home of CCC):

From the start, Ultron isn't messing around — even as he slinks out of the darkness (0:13) and makes The Avengers take notice of his presence (0:07), not to mention his foreboding message:

"I know you mean well. You want to protect the world, but you don't want it to change. But there's only one path to peace — your extinction."

At the 51-second mark, Ultron puts a nasty exclamation point on his gloomy prophecy — with a brief Hamlet-like look at a destroyed robot — and then rips its face off!

0:17 — One of the ladies is locked and loaded. Is it Black Widow or SHIELD's Maria Hill?

0:31 — "I want to show you something beautiful … the whole world screaming for mercy." — Ultron

0:43 — "… everyone tangled in strings." Or at least in the case of Bruce Banner, who is left shivering and looking extremely haunted.

0:57 — Cue the creeeeepy music!
Things don't look promising for Earth's Mightiest Heroes
in "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

1:15 — What's with the tools? Is Ultron working on creating Vision? And did you notice Ultron turns to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch? Do they start out doing his bidding?

1:19 — A squad of Ultron lookalikes (drones possibly?) emerge from the water.

1:20 — Thor drops Mjolnir; that's never a good sign.

1:26 — Tony Stark seems to blame himself for Ultron's creation (which actually was foreshadowed in the third "Iron Man" movie with Stark's autonomous armors): "It's the end — the end of the path I started us on." Black Widow: "Nothing lasts forever."

1:32 — What makes the Scarlet Witch scream and fall on her knees?

1:34 — Hulk vs. Iron Man in his Hulkbuster armor: Why is the Big Green Guy on a rampage? Why does Iron Man have to intervene? Is the Stark-Banner "bromance" over?

Tony Stark dons his Hulkbuster Iron Man armor to take on an enraged Hulk.
1:44 — Scarlet Witch throws a hex bolt with a lot of attitude.

1:47 — Chris Hemsworth's Thor is shirtless — and coming out of the water. You're welcome, ladies.

1:48 — Why is Black Widow going palm-to-palm with the Hulk? Is she a calming presence for Banner?

1:53 — Why is Iron Man shooting at armed soldiers on the steps?

1:57 — Thor grabs Stark by the throat. And then lifts him off the ground, much to Black Widow's dismay. This definitely is not a good sign. Could this plant the seed of the "Civil War," the subtitle of the third "Captain America" film?

2:02 — Ultron: "Now I'm free." Again: Not. Good!

2:11 — "There are no strings on me." Cap's shield has been broken. Yikes!

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