Monday, 27 October 2014

Age of Ultron: Trailer Review and Further Speculation

"There are no strings on me."

I’ve been thinking long and hard over the past couple of days over what this trailer means. And to be honest I still have not found an answer. Does it answer any questions, does it raise further questions, are we more excited, or less? Whatever you think of this trailer, I’m going to take this opportunity to offer some thoughts over any possible speculation that this creates.
Now of course the main focus has to be on Ultron itself. Our first view of him appears to be as a piece of broken down Stark technology. Slightly disappointing that hank Pym appears to be out of this film as Ultron’s creator. That would open a great story for Ant-man as well, Pym creates Ultron and then when it’s all over becomes Ant-Man out of guilt. But right now it looks as if that won’t happen. Regardless though the way Ultron is presented looks so strange and menacing, as the theme of the trailer suggests he does look like a puppet without strings. Of course the music for this trailer is a remix of the Pinocchio song, seriously. It’s done in a very strange manner but it works very well in my opinion. James Spader’s voice is completely and utterly terrifying. Put into that emotionless shell and presented in the way it is makes it so… wow.
For story I’ve managed to conceive some kind of rough outline. It could be completely wrong or it may be close to the mark. If you don’t want even my best guess in risk of spoilers then skip to the next paragraph. With SHIELD in ruins the Avengers are constantly being called to try and take down what remains of Hydra, as we saw in the Winter Soldier. New recruits like Scarlett Witch and Quick Silver are brought in but it’s still not enough. So Tony Stark creates a new form of artificial intelligence, Ultron, to try and solve this crisis. The project fails and Stark abandons it. Whether the Avengers do eventually solve this problem themselves or it persists, Ultron returns. His programming is to help the world no matter what and he concludes that humanity is a threat to the world. From there it’s a battle for control of the planet between the Avengers and Ultron.
If you like that story leave a comment below, or if you think it’s going to be completely different give a suggestion. From the looks of it Banner is still having anger issues. This story has been told so many times and it’s hard to believe that even Joss Whedon could find a new perspective on this. If he does then it will be astonishing. We see the Hulk-buster armour come out, and that could prove to be not only a great action scene but a very poignant one as well. Stark and Banner found a new friendship in each other (not like that!), he even had a cameo in Iron Man 3. So to see them fighting so intensely could be an emotional experience.
With so much going on Loki looks set to be left out. This of course means that Thor is possibly less emotionally attached to this crisis. But the fact that he attacks Stark indicates that he blames our favourite genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist for this crisis. In fact I’m guessing that a lot of people will. It could be this pressure that leads to Stark effectively signing his own death warrant by taking on the Hulk in a full on fist fight. I’m not saying that I think Stark dies, but it is undoubtedly a huge risk.
We don’t know what sends Banner over the edge but it looks as if Black Widow will play a big role in stopping him. There are rumours of a relationship springing up between them. Hawkeye is rumoured to take a front seat part in this film after being side-lined for a long time. Quicksilver has a lot to top, that astonishing sequence in Days of Future Past could overshadow the Marvel version. I cannot find anything to talk about when it comes to Scarlett Witch, only that she might be starting her journey as an Ultron acolyte. Captain America will probably be postponing his search for Bucky. The final shot sees his mighty shield smashed, could this be an omen to the condition of Cap himself.
There’s a part reserved for Andy Serkis it would seem, making him a big player in Hollywood next year, but we do not know what it is. There’s no information concerning Nick Fury either. Whedon has also stated that the film is centred on the children of Tony Stark. Maybe this is literal, but more likely this is referring to Ultron, and the other child, the Vision. We have still seen nothing from this AI. But could he be the pivotal piece in bringing an end to this threat.
That’s the best I can do. What did you think of the trailer? Did it answer any of your questions, or are you still confused? Do you have your own theory around the events of this film, comment below if you do, let me know. And then, set a date for April 24, 2015… 

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