One of the most anticipated movies of 2015 is the upcoming Marvel Universe sequel, Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Since it’s official announcement at 2012’s San Diego Comic Con, we have heard very little about the movie outside of characters involved and casting announcements.
With a release date of May 2015, this year’s SDCC was Marvel’s big chance to get the publicity machine off to a whirlwind start as part of what will likely be 10 months of non-stop plugging for the superhero group’s second outing. Anticipation was at it’s highest, especially with close competitors DC Comics in fantastic form this year.
Did Marvel disappoint? No.
In addition to a full cast panel, short of an injured Joss Whedon, the attendees in Hall H were treated to roses from Robert Downey Jr., a dancing Hawkeye and much more importantly an exclusive look at the movie.
A montage was shown which included scenes for every major star in the movie.
As Marvel are amazingly efficient at keeping content off of the internet until they give the greenlight, it will likely be weeks, if not months, before the rest of the world gets to see this footage.
For those that can’t wait (and have good imaginations), here’s a full description of what those lucky Marvel fans were treated to:
We start on a cityscape and the whole team is assembled in Avengers Tower, just hanging out, drinking beer and having a laugh. Hawkeye tells Thor the whole no-one-can-grab-the hammer thing is “a circus side show.”
He disagrees and Stark tries to pick it up. “If I lift it do I get to rule Asgard?” he asks. “Yes”, Thor says. Stark fails on a first attempt, unsurprisingly. “I’ll be right back.”
He puts on the Iron Man gauntlet and gives it another try, still no movement from the hammer. Rhodie gives it his best attempt, both him and Stark now wearing their gauntlets. Nope.
Hawkeye’s attempt fails miserably before Banner gives it everything he’s got. Everyone gives him a look (Most likely a nod to Hulk’s attempt to lift the hammer in the first Avengers movie).
Next up is Cap, known for his enhanced strength. He manages to lift it the slightest distance, though enough to get Thor a little worried. However, having all failed Thor says he has a simple theory “You’re all not worthy.” Just as Thor finishes a huge screeching sound can be heard. “You’re all not worthy.”
Enter a brutally-broken, almost zombie like metal being. It’s Ultron and he’s brought a monologue with him. “How could you be worthy? You are all killers. You want to protect the world but you don’t want it to change. There’s only one path to peace… your extinction.”
As those words end a bunch of Ultron’s minions fly in and we get the Marvel Studios logo.
It’s great to see that even though this movie is obviously going for a darker more serious tone compared to it’s predecessor, there is still those simple, CGI-free moments with just the lead heroes interacting in a lighthearted way.
The rest of the footage took a much darker look at the movie.
A montage begins with Ultron on the voice over.
“I had a vision … the whole world screaming for mercy.” People running away, escaping. “Everyone tangled in strings.”
A very unhealthy looking Banner looks up at an out of screen location. “Strinnnngs.” continues Ultron. The montage continues with massive battle scenes.
We see Hawkeye and others helping people evacuate. Banner in the snow, then a random hospital, Scarlet Witch on a bus, Thor smashing a tank.
Then Tony Stark comes on screen with a chilling line. “It’s the end,” he says. “The end of the path I started us on.” Widow adds, “Nothing lasts forever.”
The scene a lot of fanboys have been waiting for, as we see a screaming Hulk and the massive Hulk Buster armor.
Black Widow on the Harley Davidson we saw earlier at SDCC, Quicksilver running around, Andy Serkis as a human (unexpected), and even more explosions. Iron Man returns to the screen flying by, what looks like, a prison where he starts shooting some soldiers.
Hulk throws a car at the Hulkbuster and then punches him through it (Not sure if Stark is in the suit). We then get a very quick shot of Widow and Hulk almost touching hands.
During this montage, a slowed down version of “Disney’s Pinocchio – I’ve Got No Strings” is playing, obviously in reference to Ultron becoming self aware, adding a very eerie and morbid mood.
Finally, we get a fully realized, metallic, 8 foot Ultron in all his glory. His speaks one line, “There are no strings on me” as his clenching fist turns into the circle around the “A” of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The title card.
Following the title card, we see a scarred battleground, a broken Cap shield and Tony Stark looking down at it all. The camera pulls back and we see every single member of the team laying on the ground in tatters.
They look dead.
Dark times ahead for our superhero team by the looks of it.
Despite Joss Whedon’s reputation for killing off major characters without warning, it’s very unlikely that our heroes will die here. The current theory is that this is in fact a vision of the future which Scarlet Witch shares with Tony Stark, though that seems like a bit of a let down if that turns out to be the case.
It’s unlikely to be too long before we get more Age of Ultron news with the publicity campaign is likely to start before the end of the year, much like Guardians of the Galaxy last year.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release 1st May 2015 in the US and a full week earlier in the UK, 24 April 2015. If you need a Marvel fix in the meantime, Guardians of the Galaxy is out 31st July in the UK and 1st August in the US.