Just over a month ago a little rumour went around about the opening scene of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Reliable website Latino Review heard from an insider on the film exactly what was due to go down during the films opening twenty minutes, and those rumours have turned out to be true.
I won’t go into detail about exactly what was rumoured to happen, because a full description of footage shown at Comic-Con yesterday confirms that Latino Review were right. CinemaBlend, among others, gave a really detailed description of the footage they saw:
The footage began in the newly furbished Avengers Tower where we see Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Natasha Romanoff (Scarlet Johansson), Clint Barton (Hawkeye), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and James Rhodes (Don Cheadle), sitting around and relaxing. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) walks into frame and sits his hammer, Mjolnir, down on the coffee table in front of everyone. This immediately stirs up a debate, as Tony and Hawkeye don’t believe that Thor being “worthy” is what allows him to pick up his weapon of choice. An Avengers challenge then begins.
First it’s Tony who tries to pick up the hammer, asking if his success would mean him becoming king of Asgard. But of course he fails. After asking to be excused for a second, he returns with an Iron Man gauntlet on – but still his efforts are in vain. Then we see both Tony and Rhodey using their Iron Man gloves to try and lift the Asgardian hammer, but, again, they have no luck. Next up is Hawkeye, who also is unable to budge it a millimeter. Bruce then gives it a try, but his extreme effort begins to put everyone on edge (and, of course, he’s unable to lift it as well). Then it’s Maria Hill’s turn, and she is also unable to pick it up. Things get a bit weird when it’s Captain America gives it a go, as we actually hear the hammer move slightly, and Thor suddenly looks very concerned. This is fleeting, however, as his efforts soon become just as futile as everyone else’s.
After Black Widow refuses the challenge, saying that it’s not a question she need’s answered, Tony starts to accuse Thor of having Mjolnir’s handle encrypted with some kind of fingerprint recognition. Thor, however, dismisses this theory out of hand, saying that the answer is simple: “You’re all not worthy.” Everyone is smiling and laughing, but the mood of the room changes drastically when we begin to hear the sound of metal clanking down the hallway behind them, as well as the sound of a voice. We then see what looks like a very early version of Ultron – made up of what look like just spare parts. Things get really scary when he begins to speak, however:
“Worthy? How could you be worthy? You’re all killers. You want to protect the world, but you don’t want it to change. There’s only one path to peace. Your extinction.”
After that, a pair of robots come flying through the wall towards our heroes. The battle has begun.
The rest of the footage came in montage format, but was filled with all kinds of amazing visuals. Looking much, much darker than the first Avengers movie, all the various sequences were set in places around the world from Eastern Europe to Africa, but all of the scenes had one thing in common: a tone of pure dread. The material was extremely action heavy and showcased just about everyone’s powers – including the super speed of Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the magic of Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Iron Man’s Hulkbuster suit also made an amazing appearance, with Tony and Hulk doing battle in what appeared to be the aforementioned South Africa location (one particularly great moment had hulk throwing a car at Iron Man and then punching his way through it. . Other awesome stuff included a super quick appearance by Andy Serkis (who apparently isn’t playing a motion capture character), Bruce Banner stumbling shirtless through a forest with snow on the ground, Hulk and Black Widow pressing their palms together, and finally a shot of Ultron with the line of dialogue, “There are no strings on me.”
As incredible as the footage was, easily the most impressive bit was the very end of the footage, which featured Tony Stark looking down at Captain America’s shield, which has been shattered. The camera moves backwards and we see that Tony is standing over a field of bodies, including those of his superhero friends. In the distance, however, we see a lone figure still waiting.
Now this sounds extremely exciting stuff, and those who witnessed the footage spoke of how the film appears to be taking The Avengers in a new cinematic design, much more epic and by the sounds of it, a lot more serious than the first film once Ultron comes along and breaks up the party.
However, exciting as The Avengers will be, reports are saying that Warners and DC have ruled the Comic-Con weekend with their Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice presentation.
In an interview with Collider, Marvel President Kevin Feige also confirmed the setup for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and how the Avengers world now looks so much different. When asked if the plan over the previous Marvel films was to lead towards Age of Ultron, Feige responded:
“I think yes for a handful of reasons. One, because there’s certain images and story beats from Ultron’s appearance in the comics that we’ve loved for so long and that because we always knew that’s what would be the next villain we’ve been thinking about and beginning to prep. Also because it’s now the culmination of phase two. So every choice that was made in Iron Man 3, The Dark World, and Winter Soldier, was all to make those movies as good as we could make them, but also knowing that it means things would be very very different at the start of Avengers 2 than they were at the end of Avengers”
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will bring the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains, with “Marvel’s The Avengers” director Joss Whedon returning to write and direct the sequel. “Marvel’s The Avengers” was released in 2012 and went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-largest grossing movie of all time.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron will Hulk-smash its way into UK cinemas on May 1st 2015.