Move over, Skynet. Ultron’s in town, and the strings are off.
Avengers: Age of Ultron features our heroes fighting a mad robot enemy of their own creation. Does it live up to the hype or does it deserve extinction? Well, let’s take a look at the trailer and find out.
So who stars in this movie? The original cast of Avengers is back, including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson. Newcomers include James Spader of The Blacklist as Ultron, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen of Godzilla as Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, and Paul Bettany of the Iron Man series in his new role as the Vision. Joss Whedon returns to direct the sequel to his first hit Marvel movie, so here’s hoping he handles it at least as well if not better.
As the trailer opens, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver discover Ultron in a castle, wrapped in a robe and sitting on a throne. Yep, not crazy at all. He reminisces about the good old days, saying, “I was designed to save the world. People would look to the sky and see hope. I’ll take that from them first.” So basically, you’re going against your programming. Didn’t take long for you to go all HAL 9000 on us, but what did we expect from a robot with a Messiah complex? “There’s only one path to peace,” Ultron continues. “Their extinction.” Considering in the real world we’re dealing with everything from radical Islamic terrorists to Baltimore riots, he’s not exactly wrong. On the other hand, killing people to stop them killing each other doesn’t exactly make much sense. But like I said, he’s crazy-pants.
“I tried to create a suit of armor around the world,” Tony Stark tells Bruce Banner. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough metal parts to encase an entire planet. “But I created something terrible,” he goes on. “Artificial intelligence,” says Banner. Hey, J.A.R.V.I.S. resents that! As Ultron drones burrow out of the ground, Tony explains the program, saying, “I’m sick of watching people pay for our mistakes.” So I’m going to make another huge mistake and watch people pay for it. But we see those mistakes as Captain America tries to pull a car to safety and the bumper comes off, dropping the car to its doom. They don’t build cars like they did in your day, eh, Cap? And now he’s giving me the evil eye for joking about someone’s probable death. Moving on.
As Banner and Natasha get too close for comfort (especially for someone who ships Black Widow and Winter Soldier), Tony asks Cap, “Isn’t why we fight so we can end the fight and go home?” No, you fight so that others can stay home and not have to worry about being killed by nasty robots. You going home is secondary at best. But even with that goal, as Natasha points out, “You amazingly failed.” So on point, it even got a laugh out of Cap.
The Avengers suit up and all leap through the forest in unison, Black Widow drops out of a Quinjet on a motorcycle, Banner’s eyes turn green, and Tony grabs Loki’s staff from the first film. Nick Fury shows up and says, “Here we are with nothing but our wit and our will to save the world.” Well, that and a magic hammer, an endless arsenal of arrows, a bouncy shield, lightning powers, green rage monster powers, Widow’s Bite tasers, and a suit of armor with more weapons than the US Military. I think you underestimate your position. “So stand and fight,” Fury says, and we get just that, with a showdown shaping up between Iron Man, Thor, and Cap and Ultron, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch. Here’s hoping this ends in a Guardians of the Galaxy-style dance-off.
As stuff blows up all over the place, Tony laments, “No way we all get through this.” Captain America says nonchalantly, “I’ve got no plans tomorrow night.” And that, Cap, is why we love you. Why we hate you is the fact that you keep throwing your shield at people who can either catch it or just throw it away, like Ultron. Good thing you have Natasha to pick up after you like a good mommy. As the Hulk beats Iron Man’s Hulkbuster up a building (not sure how those physics work), Ultron tells his sort-of sidekicks, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, “We can tear them apart from the inside.” And we see Scarlet Witch doing just that to Natasha, while Quicksilver hasn’t quite mastered that art and instead opts to tear Cap apart from the outside.
Thor grabs Tony by the throat and lifts him into the air, Scarlet Witch flips a car on top of Cap, Ultron shoves Cap over a railing, and Thor, being the egotistical warrior he is, asks, “Is that the best you can do?” Ultron then chuckles as he sends in a wave of Ultron drones that rivals Marvel fans rushing to theaters to see this movie. “You had to ask,” says Cap. Is it just me, or does Cap get all the best lines in this movie (or at least this trailer)? We get an epic shot of the Avengers smashing through Ultron drones, and the trailer ends with the synthezoid Vision’s eyes snapping open. And that’s how you build excitement for a character; we’ve seen less of this guy than of Godzilla in the previews for his latest movie, but he’s also the new character I’m most excited for.
So based on the trailer, do I recommend this movie? Absolutely! Admittedly, I might be biased because I’m such a huge fan of Marvel movies (most of them, anyway), but this one looks amazing. It’s going to some darker places than the franchise has been before, but it’s still keeping the humor. All the characters shine, and Ultron is probably the best villain Marvel has given us yet (and that’s just in the trailer). There’s a possibility it could get muddled down in all the plot points and characters, especially with three new Avengers, Hydra and Baron von Strucker, and Ulysses Klaue building up to the Black Panther movie, but early reports are comforting on that front. If you don’t like Marvel movies, this isn’t the film that will win you over, but otherwise, it’s a must see. As for me, watching the trailer has gotten me excited for this movie all over again, and I can’t wait to see it in theaters.
And no strings can hold me down from seeing this movie.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is owned by Marvel Studios.