Yes, that’s right. We ain’t done with the Marvel-ous news yet! As you may recall, before HYDRA decided to get all leaky, the first Age of Ultron trailer was originally supposed to debut during last night’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But with the genocidal robot cat let out of the bag one week early, Marvel had to come up with an alternative. And they did that by showing off a brand new version of the trailer that kicks with a minute-long clip showing the Avengers just having a laugh as they all get down to some hammer-time.
No, they’re not suddenly donning Prince of Persia pants and telling people they can’t touch stuff, but rather it shows off all the heroes taking a crack at lifting Thor’s mystical hammer Mjolnir. It’s all fun and games – pay careful attention to Thor’s face when Cap tries to lift it – before the party gets rudely interrupted by a very creepy looking robot with a real problem with strings.
Damn. That must be about the 6th time I’ve seen that trailer (not counting the Celine Dion version) and it still gives me goosebumps every time. I actually love this extended version more than the original as that transition from the happy go-lucky party to Ultron’s disturbing speech just perfectly captures the idea that play time’s over and things are about to get really dark for these heroes.
Along with that new cut of the trailer, we also got a statement from James Spader (via CBM) – who of course plays Ultron via mo-cap and voice-capture – describing just how they went about transforming the veteran actor into a 8-foot tall killer robot who needed to go through some transformations of its own.
“When you first meet Ultron, his physicality is very different to what he evolves to. It was in the script but we arrived at the metamorphosis of him on the set. In practice, in rehearsals … We were able to create the physicality of the character on the motion-capture stage. They would dot me up and I was wearing a helmet that had two cameras on my face, and they could live stream it to a monitor so we could try different things. Then I’d go and shoot the scene with the other actors and they’re recording all of it, including my voice. 9 times out of 10 they were not using ADR (additional dialogue recording) after the fact.
If you he wanted to add something, or change something, you had the opportunity to do that. I just loved it.”
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be releasing in May 2015.
Last Updated: October 29, 2014