The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Here is my rundown of Age of Ultron! All trailers are down below and you can find all the posters here!
I have been mulling over doing a 30 day countdown to the Avengers: Age of Ultron by highlighting some of my favorite issues over the years, we’ll see how that goes.
In this nice little handy-dandy video, you can click in the upper left hand corner and access all of the official Avengers Age of Ultron trailers and TV spots. Pretty cool because it saves me one big Hulk sized headache trying to organize all that stuff. Now since that’s done *wipes hands* here are some of my thoughts on the trailers.
The most recent trailer/TV spot highlights the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. I have to take umbrage with the description of Scarlet Witch’s power set. In the video, they describe her as “grounded and thoughtful” and her powers as, “she has telekenesis, ‘she can get inside your head’ and make all your worst fears and doubts come to the front.”
Sigh… I hate to go all nerd on you… but that’s kind of what I do. I understand fully that somethings just don’t translate well to the big screen, but things also don’t translate well when they are so far away from the source material that they don’t even resemble their on paper counterpart either.
Marvel Wikia describes Scarlet Witch’s powers thusly:
Wanda’s power to alter reality itself was spawned from the combination of her natural mutant abilities to affect probability and Chaos Magic. It must also be noted that the Scarlet Witch is responsible for the resurrection of Mad Jim Jaspers which happened when her powers altered reality. As such, she may possibly be on par with the White Phoenix of the Crown. Because of her ability to warp reality, Wanda is one of the most powerful Marvel beings.
- Hex Bolts: Initially, the Scarlet Witch had the ability to manipulate probability via her “hexes” (often manifesting physically as “hex spheres” or “hex bolts”). These hexes are relatively short range, and are limited to her line of sight. Casting a hex requires a gesture and concentration on her part, though the gestures are largely a focus for the concentration. Early in her career, her hexes were unconscious on her part, and would be automatically triggered whenever she made a particular gesture, regardless of her intent. These hexes would only manifest “bad luck” effects.
- She later gained enough control over her powers that her powers only work when she wants them to, and they are not limited to negative effects. She can use her hexes to light flammable objects, contain or remove air from a particular volume, deflect objects, stop the momentum of projectiles, open doors, explode objects, create force fields and deflect magical attacks.
- Her powers while beginning to unveil a higher potential appeared capable of prevailing against the mastered mystical ones of Dormammu in his own Dark Dimension when she and the Avengers fought against him for Avalon’s Evil Eye power-object, albeit indirectly by disrupting the energies of Dormammu and the Eye. They have been known to alter the molecular composition and physical state of physical objects, negate or distort physical laws, and to cause various forms of energy to spontaneously appear or disappear. She has an affinity with natural elements and phenomena, stemming largely from her magical training under Agatha Harkness, and has trained often at using her hexes to deflect projectiles or to cause enemies to stumble or otherwise suffer the effects of “bad luck”. Ultimately, the hexes are not under the Witch’s direct control, although she can influence the nature of their effects with great concentration and effort. This makes her one of the few Avengers that Ultron fears; his adamantium shell cannot repel magic. She has displayed the ability to cancel Longshot and Domino’s powers of probability and has also once turned Longshot into a cat.
- Flight: Wanda has recently portrayed the ability to fly, though even prior to her mental collapse she has inexplicably demonstrated such an ability. The full extent to this ability is unknown.
- Telekinesis: Wanda has portrayed the ability to manipulate and levitate things using her mind. The full extent to this ability is unknown. She can also make force fields.
- Expert Knowledge of Sorcery:
Wanda was trained by Agatha Harkness in witchcraft. Her sorceress training has not given her a set of powers separate from her mutant abilities, but only honed her control over her existing abilities. She has, however, a special affinity for the natural elements and materials that witches utilize in their spells: the four alchemical elements, wood, organic substances, etc.
Expert Combatant: Wanda has also been trained in hand-to-hand combat by both Captain America and Hawkeye.
Expert Tactician: When sane, the experience and leadership skills that come from years of active duty as an Avenger.
The Scarlet Witch possesses the normal human strength of a woman of her age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.
Mental Illness: Although Wanda appears to be currently sane, her mental stability is still questionable.
So they at least got the telekinesis part right but they failed to mention she’s BAT SHIT CRAY.
That’s probably one of her powers too.
Trailer #2 is chock full of goodies! It’s really our first good look at the film and some of the other characters and locations. We hear the familiar piano notes of “I’ve Got No Strings” from Disney’s Pinocchio matching the footfalls of Ultron as he shambles through Avengers mansion. Banner getting all Hulkie, the return of Nick Fury (he was in hiding after the events of Cap 2: Winter Soldier and then this shot..
Is that Wakanda? It looks like some kind of mystical type healing pool and looks like what could be one of Black Panther’s personal bodyguards The Dora Milaje.
The reason I’m guessing it’s Wakanda because in the trailer we also see Andy Serkis. Andy Serkis is playing Ulysses Klaw. Ulysses Klaw was an assassin hired to take down Black Panther’s father King T’Chaka at a conference when and if he refused to negotiate mining rights to the Vibranium mines. Vibranium is a rare metal that is largely found in Wakanda. (also partly used in Captain America’s shield)
Finally there are more action shots of Cap fighting Ultron, the team fighting Ultron, Iron-Man decked out in Hulkbuster armor battling, well, um, The Hulk.. and an interesting shot showing that there will be a possible Black Widow/Hulk/Banner romance/emotional guardian kinda thing blossoming.
At the end of trailer #3 we get a cool shot of The Vision, played by Paul Bettany and his eyes opening.
Not bad, not bad at all.
So that is pretty much it. One month away.