Well the teaser trailer for THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON that many saw at Comic Con this year has finally landed in shiny HD online. Obviously, it’s just a teaser, and nothing (as far as we know) has actually been shot for the 2015 film yet. It just features voiceovers from the last film and a little animation, but that in itself is interesting, implying the direction the final film might be heading.
In the Marvel comics, Hank Pym a.k.a. Ant-Man created Ultron (to be played by James Spader), but Edgar Wright’s ANT-MAN is due to be released two months after Age of Ultron, and everyone involved is insisting that he won’t be playing a part in Joss Whedon’s super-ensemble sequel. So, the big question is, in the Whedonverse, who makes the big metal baddie?
It’s long been rumoured that the most likely candidate is Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and the above teaser seems to confirm that, what with Iron Man’s helmet breaking down and morphing into Ultron’s head. This makes narrative and thematic sense – after IRON MAN 3 appeared to imply Stark was semi-retiring from the superhero business, maybe he makes Ultron to do his job for him. Of course, this also gives us the ever-reliable Frankenstein-esque arc of “I created this evil, so I must stop it” which will add real dramatic weight to the events on screen (and perhaps force Mr Stark to suit up again).
Not much more to say, really – it’s just the initial teaser after all. Less than two years to go… SSP