Trailer Breakdown: Shit Gets Real in The Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer

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No, calm down reader; you didn’t time travel a week into the future, despite your many attempts at trying to earlier this morning.  And that post I wrote this morning wasn’t a lie either; Marvel was hoping to premiere the first trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron next Tuesday during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  But what is it they say about the best laid plans?  Oh yeah; the internet fucks them all over.  So thanks to an internet leak of the trailer (stupid Hydra) just a few hours ago, Marvel has relented and given us the good stuff a full six days earlier than expected.  So, as unexpected as it is, check out the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer below.

And, as always, stay tuned after the trailer for my thoughts.  Or just scroll past the trailer you’ve already seen two dozen times already on other websites and get my speculation instantly.  Your call:

Okay, pick your jaw off the floor fanboy, we got work to do here.  Right off the bat, the most interesting thing to me about this trailer is the length: I’m used to “teaser” trailers being those one minute little teases that don’t tell you anything about the film but are just used to inform you that it is coming, but I guess Marvel figured such a move was unnecessary for Age of Ultron; everyone knows that The Avengers sequel would be hitting next May, and everyone at this point is very much planning to see it.  This trailer was simply to get the fans hyped, and I think on that end it was very much a success.

The trailer has a ton of Ultron for one, which I’m sure made a lot of fans happy: he’s a rather beloved bad guy in the Marvel universe, and everyone was excited to see what James Spader would be bringing to the table voicing the villain.  And from the looks of the teaser trailer, he’s FUCKING PERFECT.  A bit hyperbolic?  I don’t care — Marvel hasn’t had the best track record when it comes to bad guys but, in just this two minute stretch, Ultron has already made himself an imposing and rather terrifying presence, mostly due to the voicework of Spader.  That man could stupefy ghosts, I swear.


And they characterize Ultron a bit too, mostly with the not to subtle Pinocchio references — he is a puppet who no longer has strings, and thus is to unleash his might upon the entire planet.  Just like the Disney film, right?  I…haven’t seen that movie in a while.  Anyways, the use of  the slow cover of “I Got No Strings to Hold Me Down” was an absolutely wonderful touch, and I almost wonder if Joss Whedon himself was the one who suggested the usage of it.  Sounds like something he’d do.

The rest of the trailer honestly isn’t worth going in to — like most blockbusters, it was just an assemblage of action and character reaction shots at play here, usually in some form of slow motion.  I don’t really mind however; it’s not what the trailer does, but how it IS done, and this trailer was as expertly crafted as it gets.  In just the two minutes I’m already amped for what seems to be a darker tone, and all of the footage shown off here (like the Hulk vs. Hulkbuster battle) looks fantastic so far.  Like most trailers its impossible to say if its a proper reflection of the finished film but, if that turns out to be the case, this very much could end up being the Empire Strikes Back of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  And that’s an incredibly promising notion in my eyes.


And just in case you were wondering, as someone who saw footage from Comic Con when it premiered in Hall H, I was surprised how much of what was in this trailer was new.  What we saw was a fun one to two minute scene, followed by a minute of the action-y stuff.  So just on its own, I would estimate a good 50% of this trailer wasn’t shown to us at SDCC 2013.  So I can’t even brag about how I saw all of this way before the rest of you plebians did.  Pssh, what’s even the point then?!

Here’s the synopsis for the film:

Marvel Studios presents The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

And here’s the also just released teaser poster for the film, which is basically the teaser poster of the first film, but all robotized.  It’s a shame it says “Assemble 2015” on it though — really ought to be “Re-Assemble 2015,” right?  Whatever, it’s good enough:


Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1, 2015.