Friday, March 6, 2015

Films I'm looking forward to: Avengers: Age of Ultron - Trailer 3

Yeah, you've probably seen this by now. Or maybe you're one of those weirdos who don't watch trailers. Whatever, doesn't matter to me, because this is what I'm going on about today, so get in, or get out, get me? Yeah? Well, all right then. So anyway, just in case you've been stuck on a desert island--in which case, I say: congratulations on your rescue--the long and short of all the hub-bub is that in just a few short weeks, the Avengers are back.


The living legend, Captain America

Tony Stark, the Invincible Iron Man

Thor, the God of Thunder

The Deadly Black Widow, Natasha Romonov

The Incredible Hulk

and... and Hawkeye.... He doesn't really come with an adjective, I guess...

Then there's our big bad, Mr. Daddy Issues himself, Ultron. He's a killer robot.

Plus, this time there will be a few new faces too, faces like the mercurial speedster, Quicksilver, and his twin sister, the Scarlet Witch... whose powers have never really made sense. Are they probability-affecting mutations, or magical powers? I don't know... She faints a lot. I'm not a big fan.

Holy shit, the Vision is in this film, too! I won't spoil who this is, but--for those of you out there not in the know--this is one of those characters, ones that are just too god damn weird to believe they would ever make it to the screen... and yet, here we are. Again. And Vision is not alone. There are whispers that there will be a few more surprise faces appearing in the film, as well, but... y'know how rumors go, so we'll just have to wait and see about those. I'm sure it'll be awesome either way. Fingers crossed.

Admittedly, I'm a bit predisposed to liking this.

I'm sure that surprises you, just like I am sure it will be equally surprising to discover that I've talked about this film before now. You'll pardon me if I don't cover the same ground (too late), but just so we're clear, basically everything I said then still applies. Maybe even more so.

Let's watch...

I'm just gonna list all the stuff I loved, okay?

First off, I love how easily they've switched Ultron's creation and raison d'etre from Hank Pym to Tony Stark. It fits perfectly in the MCU, which is of course, slightly different than how things went in the comics. Tony Stark is obviously central to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Hank Pym hasn't even shown up yet (but he will, played by Michael Douglas in Ant Man), despite the fact that both characters are founding members of the Avengers. That right there is a great example of why Marvel has been so successful as a brand. They've adhered to the spirit of their Properties, if not always the letter of the law, effectively preserving the core of these characters for the transition from page and screen, using the things that have kept them popular for the past 50-ish years, all while jettisoning the endless and unimportant nuances of long-term continuity that cling to all of this like rust and rot. Smart decisions. I like that.

I also love the global scope of the film, the feeling of a huge threat. This trailer makes it seem like the Avengers are back on their heels, and that's where they should be. The tag-line of the team, the introduction sentence at the top of the first page in every issue, has always been: And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth's mightiest heroes and heroines found themselves united against a common threat. On that day, the Avengers were born—to fight the foes no single super hero could withstand! This trailer looks like that is exactly what is going to happen.

Then there's Iron Man in Hulkbuster armor, fighting with a rage-blind Hulk. I love all the action with Captain America, trying to save people, dodging traffic, burying his shield in Ultron. That's great stuff. Black Widow speeding by and grabbing Cap's shield out of the street is fantastic. I'm glad that it looks like Hawkeye is gonna get more to do this time too. Quicksilver's speed effect is pretty great, but the Scarlet's Witch's powers look like they're still being portrayed somewhat inconsistently, which is--admittedly--actually pretty consistent. Then there's the shot of the whole team leaping together. That's just classic. You're gonna see a lot of that in the coming weeks. James Spader sounds great. No surprise, but still. And speaking of perfect? Joss Whedon. Another part I loved, but it wasn't in the trailer, was the party scene at Avengers Tower where Cap is almost able to move Mjolnir, and then Thor's face in reaction. That is so good. And of course, finally, there's the Vision. Unbelievable.

I'm super into this, man.  love all of it.

Can't wait,


Shawn Enderlin said...


No adjectives for Hawkeye - poor guy.

Jon said...

Maybe... The Arrow-rific Hawkeye?