Pinocchio is back with another trailer! People who remember the first trailer would get the reference, from the ingenious idea of Marvel to play the Ultron sequences to the slowed and twisted tune of ‘No Strings’ from Disney’s Pinocchio. After taking the game one step too far with a 10 second teaser they released teasing the trailer whose purpose is to tease the movie itself, Marvel is still providing fodder for its fans who, unlike Ultron, are dancing to their entertaining strings.
Marvel is nothing if not perseverant, and the universe of armored suits and capes that they have been constantly working on since Iron Man in 2008 is now expanding to its third phase, the second coming to an end with this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. While detached from the overarching evil of Thanos – or at least it appears to be so – this one has the colorful Marvel heroes going head to head with an army of intelligent androids created by yours truly. Tony Stark, as has been made awfully clear in his repetitive Dr. Frankenstein-inspired mentions. There are a lot of things going on in this chapter, leading many to wonder why DC is being subjected to such disproportionate criticism and relentless rants. There is firstly, the question of Iron Man itself, who hung up his suit in Iron Man 3 (which was a disaster of a movie), who has now to find a reason to get back in the alien-punching game. We will also witness the birth of the prodigal son, Ultron, as a deranged Iron Man suit (Mark-some-random-number). The previous trailer has already given us enough fodder to keep us speculators busy. The character of Andy Serkis – for the first time in a blockbuster donning his own face – is now identified as Klaw, a villain of Black Panther, the movie for whom has already been slated with Chadwick Boseman. The running theory at the moment is that Klaw, using his abundance of resources in Wakanda, builds and fortifies Ultron’s body of armor. The interesting bit is that the resource the fictional nation of Wakanda is most famous for is the same ‘Vibranium’ that is the body-material of Captain America’s shield. This theory also supports the image of the Captain’s broken shield shown toward the end of the trailer. All that aside, there is also the question of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch who have to build their characters in this movie, particularly the former who has to distinguish his performance from Evan Peter’s most memorable scene in X Men: Days of Future Past. Just a few problems you will inevitably face when your comic property is scattered across three studios.
Here is the new trailer:
Around the same time this new trailer was released, there also surfaced some leaked promo art of Ultron, the Hulk, Iron Man and Thor. These images, while obviously concept art, do provide some more to factor in and speculate over, notably that of an unknown mysterious orb in the hands of Ultron.
While most of the images are similar to what has already been revealed, they do offer the campy ’70s pop vibe Marvel has been keeping with through all their projects. This may also come as a bit of relief for critics who find the air about this second installment to be dark and depressing, in obvious conflict with its sunny-sided predecessor. The orb in Ultron’s hands does raise a few questions, but nothing to this end has been seen anywhere else, so it is still too early for any theory to come to conclusion. With the overarching two-movie event of Infinity War on the slates, this might well be another infinity stone, one of the two we haven’t come across yet. While most speculate based on the epilogue of The Winter Soldier that the gem in Loki’s staff is the mind gem, the others being the Tesseract (Avengers) as the space gem, and Ether (Thor) and the purple stone (Guardians of the Galaxy) taking the places of the soul/reality gem and the power gem respectively. If this turns to be true, then the orb in the maniacal robot’s clutches could very well be the last linchpin, making Age of Ultron closer to the Infinity event than we thought.
Turning back to the trailers, as made quite obvious from the first one, the focus of the film will for the most part be on the character of Bruce Banner/ The Hulk, with Marvel spending at least a fourth of the video to show him crouching and falling over things. This aspect of the movie, the friction between the Avengers themselves is further teased in this new trailer, with a few extended shots from the fight between Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor and the Hulk himself, sure to replace the other famous Hulk punch scene from the first Avengers. It is made clear now that it is indeed Tony Stark who is inside the Hulkbuster, and while juxtaposed with Thor lifting Tony by the neck and Widow’s emotional undertones, it becomes that much more expected that this squad is on the brink of disbandment, to make way for Black Panther, Dr Strange, Vision and the twins. And as always with Marvel, poor Jeremy Renner’s bow-wielding character seems to have no stake in any of this, an emotional carcass who is just present to deliver impossible arrows which take down massive Helicarriers. It has reached a point where if Marvel happens to murder him off to create fervor and extract tears in an Agent Coulson-like situation, all eyes would turn to rather look at Tony Stark dealing with his alcoholism.
Let’s have a look at the first trailer:
The first trailer was easily the better of the two, tightly synchronized as it was to the Pinocchio song as it was, although the sole purpose of this new one is to flesh out the plot and impress on us exactly how dark-toned and deviant from the first Avengers this much-awaited sequel is. For the time being, for a few laughs , I invite you to watch this ingenious creation by a fan who is evidently bored with real life, deciding that Avengers and Celine Dion would be an acceptable collaboration:
Marvels’ Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to release in April, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlett Johannson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Mark Ruffalo, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olson, Cobie Smulders, Josh Brolin, Tom Hiddleston and Andy Serkis. Wow, that’s a lot.