Age of Ultron Trailer 3 Breakdown

3/04/2015 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


The third and final theatrical trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron is finally out, thanks to a twitter campaign by Marvel.  There's a lot of new shots and some new dialogue that pick up some story elements from some Phase 2 movies, but also sow the seeds for Phase 3 (both Infinity War, and Civil War).  

Watch the trailer below, then check out the screenshots and breakdown of most of the new content found in the trailer.





Obviously, potential spoilers to follow (but nothing that can't be seen from the trailer).



"I was designed to save the world."

This trailer opens with a little more Ultron backstory.  This shot appears to have him talking to "the twins" (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch) about his purpose (and maybe their purpose) in the world.  This shot of him on the throne is definitely an homage to the Age of Ultron comic.


"People would look to the sky and see... hope.  I'll take that from them first."

Ultron is clearly disillusioned with his purpose, as that is more of a vindictive statement than a cold calculating decision, usually made by rogue artificial intelligence in movices.  Whether this is as a result of something The Avengers do, or due to something he learns from Hydra (it appears he might be the one to break out The Twins), remains to be seen.


"There's only one path to peace.  Their Extinction"

This is another new shot of Ultron unplugging from something.  Whether this is a power connection or data connection isn't clear, since it'd be reasonable to expect him to have surpassed the need for either of those things in his later evolution, so this may be early in the film.  Maybe he's even still "good" at this point.


"I tried to create a suit of armor around the world"

Tony Stark's story appears to be a direct continuation of both his arc from Iron Man 3, and the plot of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Ultron definitely seems like a combination of both the "House Party" protocol and "Project Insight."  He's clearly been hard at work, as is evidenced by a cool shot of the new and improved Avengers Tower.


"But I created something terrible."

Pretty standard plot for artificial intelligence.  Tony appears to have been working with Bruce Banner a lot since the last Avengers, but The Ultron Program is something he seems to have kept pretty close to his arc ractor-less chest.


"I'm sick of seeing people pay for our mistakes"

This appears to be dealing with both the aftermath of The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and leading into "Captain America: Civil War."  When heroes make decisions, human lives are affected.  This is accompanied by an actual shot of Cap failing to save a car from going off a cliff.  It seems failure will be a fairly big theme in Age of Ultron.


"Isn't why we fight so we can end the fight?"

This is taken from the teaser we got at Marvel's Phase 3 announcement, clearly laying the groundwork for Cap vs Iron Man in Civil War.  This is Stark's justification for his involvement with Project Insight, The Ultron Program, and anything else going on in Avengers 2 that doesn't sit well with Steve Rogers.


We also have more evidence of a budding (or existing) relationship between Bruce and Natasha.


No idea what this is, but it definitely smacks of Ulysses Klaw, who Andy Serkis is expected to play (let me know in the comments if you have a better theory!)


We've heard several times that there will be more shots of The Avengers fighting as a team (with some impressive hero poses)  This is a great example, and if plot rumors are to be believed, it appears that they don't waste time getting to the hero shots at the very beginning.


In case you thought there wasn't enough story already going on, remember Loki's scepter is still out there.  It's clearly relevant, as here's a shot of partially suited Tony picking it up.  It's been confirmed to be an Infinity Stone, so this will play into far more than just the Ultron story.  They may use it in some way to combat the powers of Scarlet Witch (more on that later).


"Here we are, with nothing but our wits and our wills to save the world"

Fury's back, and it looks like this house we've been seeing since the first official photos is actually his house, and The Avengers all gather there at one point for a motivational speech from the man that brought them together in the first place.


Here we see what appears to be the first confrontation with The Twins.  It's in some sort of industrial building that we see several times in other shots.  It may be Ultron's base of operations at one point.  We know they are at odds at the beginning, but join up later on.  Why that is (Loki's scepter?) remains to be seen.


"There's no way we all get through this."

Lots of theories about one or more Avengers getting killed off.  This doesn't help.


Here's one of our first shots of Ultron face to face combat, fighting Captain America.  It looks like his shield deals a pretty damaging blow, meaning this is before Ultron upgrades to vibranium (a widely accepted plot point), and may even be the impetus for that upgrade.


"We can tear them apart"

Pitting The Avengers against each other is definitely a strategy of Ultron, which he seems to facilitate Scarlet Witch's powers to assist with, although it's not hard.  They're a "time bomb" as Banner says in the first Avengers.  Also, it looks like when superheroes fight, there's collateral damage (maybe this will let some pressure off Man of Steel?).


"From the inside"

Here's Scarlet Witch's mind control.  Based on the eyes, it's even more likely now that she's the one that sets The Hulk off.  Mind control was already abused a bit with Hawkeye in the first movie, so hopefully it doesn't play too big a role this time around.


And here's the best shot of Quicksilver in action so far.  It looks like it's not too different from what Bryan Singer did in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but there's definitely some additional visual embellishments.  Since he's a larger part of the film than the other version of Quicksilver was in his appearance, it'll be interesting to see how his speed is remedied.


"Is that the best you can do?"

There's been talk about Thor being a battle hardened warrior, and his field experience playing a larger role in Age of Ultron.  Taking the lead here may be a hint of that.  It'll be exciting to see how the group dynamic has changed in combat now that they're already assembled.


"You had to ask"

We've seen Ultron and we've seen his army, but here we see him actually leading his forces into combat against The Avengers.  This trailer makes the number of individual battle scenes more clear, and it looks like we're going to get far more action this time around.


Another group shot.  Note this time Scarlet With (and I'm assuming Quicksilver, somewhere) are joined with the rest of the team.  So, that's two of these shots in the trailer, I sure hope there are more and they haven't just spoiled most of them.



And finally.  Vision!  It's not clear if he's a creation of Stark or Ultron, but he appears to be "waking up" in this shot.  His role has been largely kept under wraps, so it's not clear if he only plays a minor part, or if his role is too central to spoil.  His presence is definitely a large source of excitement for many fans, though.


 So, what do you think?  Did the trailer show too much?  Not enough?  Are you more excited to see the movie now?  Only a couple of months before it hits theaters!

Avenger: Age of Ultron will hit theaters May 1st, 2015. It is directed by Joss Whedon, and featuring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / The Hulk, Scarlet Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye, Aaron Taylor Johnson as Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, James Spader as Ultron, Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury, among many others.

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