Useless words! Wasteful drivel! Unnecessary letters that are just getting in the way of you seeing the new trailer Avengers: Age of Ultron, which actually needs no introduction at this point! So why are you still reading this? Click play on this really grim but really action-packed trailer already, my good man/lady, so you can see Joburg get an Extreme Hulk Makeover, Captain America and Ultron dancing and Thor doing the electric boogaloo!
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
It seems that with every trailer for this movie, Marvel and writer-director Joss Whedon throw in a few frames of something that most people won’t notice, but which will get the fanboys talking. In the first trailer, it was a very brief shot of
dirty Abe Lincoln Andy Serkis, who we now know with near-certainty is probably playing Ulysses Klaw. And in this trailer, we have another brief shot of a mystery character, as at the 0:32 mark we see what appears to be a bald black lady disrobing in a cave. And cue Kervyn’s brain exploding!
Based on what we know about the plot, with the appearance of Ulysses Klaw and Ultron’s probable need for vibranium, it’s a pretty good assumption at this stage that the movie is going to make a stop in Wakanda, the technologically advanced fictional African nation that’s home to the largest deposits of vibranium in the world. Also – and this is the important part – home of T’Challa, King of said nation and also the costumed Avenger known as Black Panther. But in the comics, T’Challa isn’t the only Black Panther. That title is one that is supposed to inherited by the descendants of the royal family, and when T’Challa becomes incapacitated for a long time during an invasion by the alien Krulls, the mantle is passed to his younger sister Shuri. She not only does a damn fine job of being the new Black Panther, but ends up getting some Panther God powers and ruling Wakanda better than he ever did.
So could Whedon and co be pulling a sibling switcheroo on us? They’ve told us quite definitively that T’Challa’s Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, will be introduced in Captain America: Civil War, but what if we got a different Black Panther in this? What if Shuri is now the Black Panther and ruler of Wakanda, and the title is passed to T’Challa when something happens to her here? That would certainly provide sufficient motivation for T’Challa to get into the fight alongside the heroes.
Oh and is that a young Black Widow on that operating table? Ooohhh.
Final thoughts are that 1) I will never be able to watch Pinocchio again without getting creeped out, and 2) I find it amazing that Marvel have put 3 trailers thus far, jam-packed with action, and yet they’ve still revealed almost nothing about the actual plot. Impressive.
Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1, 2015.
Last Updated: January 13, 2015