With a little over a week left before Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres, there have been several new TV spots, clips, and featurettes worth discussing; most of which are courtesy of Comic Book Resources.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is the sequel to 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers, and is the eleventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU). The film features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill.
Allow me to take a breath.
The movie also features Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes/War Machine, Paul Bettany as Vision/J.A.R.V.I.S., Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, and James Spader as Ultron.
Hooray for star power! It’s quite possible that this movie has more recognizable actors than is legally allowed. Sarcasm aside, writing out the entire cast puts the scope of this film into perspective.
The film picks up following the post-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier showcasing Thomas Kretschmann’s Baron von Strucker experimenting on humans using Loki’s scepter; the result creates characters known as the Twins (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch). The Avengers raid Strucker’s Hydra outpost in Sokovia, where they first encounter the Twins. Tony creates an artificial intelligence program (codenamed Ultron) to protect civilians around the world, but Ultron develops a belief that he must rid earth of humanity to save it.
These new TV spots, clips, and featurettes presents different scenes from the upcoming movie as well as a focus on new characters, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Some of the clips feature more action scenes with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. One of the clips features a main fight between Iron Man in the Hulkbuster Armor and the Hulk. During the clip, Hulk badly damages the Hulkbuster armor.
Next, we see Iron Man call for replacement parts via low-orbiting satellite; allowing Iron Man to continue fighting the Hulk. Another clip, released on Wednesday, features the creation of the newest addition to the Avengers: Vision. Vision is an synthetic body made by Banner and Stark with Stark’s J.A.R.V.I.S. artificial intelligence. Vision’s powers include flight, superhuman strength, super speed, invulnerability, phasing (where he can manipulate his density), and can control/absorb energy from the Solar Jewel on his forehead.
A new TV spot reveals additional scenes from the film, and it shows more scenes with Don Cheadle’s War Machine taking part in the fight againt Ultron.
One of the featurettes showcases the new villain, Ultron. The featurette has Robert Downey Jr. and director Joss Whedon discussing the creation of Ultron. They delve into how Ultron develops into a self-sufficient A.I. program with the sole mission of human extinction.
Another featurette reveals how the cast acts behind the scenes. Viewers are able to see how the cast becomes nutty when the cameras start rolling. This core of actors has said in numerous interviews how the first film seemed similar to the first day of high school, but returning for the sequel seemed familiar and relaxing; which can be seen in the footage.
Overall, the TV spots, clips, and featurettes entice the viewers to go out and purchase a ticket to see the film, which is being hyped as the best summer movie for 2015. Avengers: Age of Ultron is being projected to earn somewhere in the amount of $217 million for the opening weekend; this would surpass the $207 million generated by The Avengers.
Early reviews of the movie portray the film as being darker than the first, but more consistent overall in terms of staying close to the comics. One of the most talked about scenes in the film occurs in the opening sequence. The opening sequence has been staged as a single shot, making it a superb piece of action filmmaking.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1 in 3D, and IMAX 3D in the United States, France, Italy, Norway, Finland, and Sweden on April 22. It opens in other territories between April 24 and May 1.
Introduction of Vision
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