Avengers: Age of Ultron – Extended Trailer

Last week we FINALLY got to see a teaser for the most hotly anticipated film of 2015 – Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Mere days later and Marvel released an extended clip to go with that trailer, and it’s as funny and awesome as you’d expect it to be. Yep, turns out there ain’t no party like an Avenger’s party – except their parties tend to come with unexpected visits from ultimate baddies:

While this trailer has the usual – destruction, mayhem and action galore – it also promises something else: a grittier, much darker side to it. Could we be seeing a continuation of the similar dark realism used in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), which turned out to be more political thriller than comic book movie? That glimpse of menacing new villain Ultron (James Spader) would certainly seem to suggest so, as would the ominous sight of Captain America’s (Chris Evans) broken shield…

We also get a glimpse of two other important additions: Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and her brother Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). It’s unsure yet exactly what they’ll be adding to the storyline, but it’ll certainly be interesting to see how writer-director Joss Whedon has envisioned them (having already briefly seen differing versions of the characters in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)). The trailer also promises more action involving Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and the fabulous Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) who was highly underused in The Avengers (2012). It’ll be exciting to see where both these characters go, especially Bruce Banner as Ruffalo did such an incredible job in the first film, taking a character already played by two other actors in major standalone films and portraying him as a more sensitive, mixed-up soul than we’ve seen before.

Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Many have also speculated that the very brief glimpse of ballerinas dancing in a studio might be part of the backstory for Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson). Whether that is the case or not, going from the trailer it seems like she has a big part to play in this sequel, again another welcome element as she is fast becoming one of the most interesting characters in the Marvel series. Mostly this is thanks to Scarlett Johansson’s brilliant performance, but it is also down to Joss Whedon’s superb writing and his confidence in letting a female character take the helm for most of the first Avengers film (something that very few other superhero films do). His writing and Johansson’s portrayal have in turn made Natasha a fully-formed character, rather than the usual token, sexy female superhero, something that is hopefully going to continue in Age of Ultron if we are indeed going to delve into her murky past.

It was Joss Whedon’s expert writing and his bold direction for the first Avengers that also brought an extra layer of geeky brilliance to the film, his talent at creating something with a mixture of action, comedy and heart meaning he created a winning formula and an amazing and entertaining film. Therefore going on that knowledge and the above trailer, two things are certain – Joss Whedon’s film is going to dominate the box office when it’s released and it’ll be the film highlight of 2015. April can’t come around quick enough.

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~ by square-eyed-geek on November 7, 2014.

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