Preview: Avengers Age of Ultron Trailer Leaked (…by Marvel?!)

The first thing Marvel had to say after the Avengers Age of Ultron trailer leaked? This:

Age of Ultron Trailer Leaked Marvel Tweet

Initially, their plan had been to debut the Avengers Age of Ultron trailer during next week’s episode of Agents of SHIELD, but that plan fell through after a low quality rip of the trailer surfaced online. Hats off to them, they took action quickly and released the official version of the trailer on YouTube through their official account – while Agent’s of SHIELD‘s ratings might take a hit because of that, it’s worth remembering how important first impressions are. The slick, HD version of the trailer will inevitably get people more hyped up for the movie than a grainy low quality version would. Marvel also released the first teaser Age of Ultron movie poster, pictured below (click for full-size HD version!).

Avengers Age of Ultron movie posterThe leaked Avengers Age of Ultron trailer contains, among other things, a look at Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armour and a very creepy remake of Pinocchio‘s ‘I’ve Got No Strings’. A lot of people were worried about the Disneyfication of Marvel after their merger – turns out they should have been worried about the Marvelling of Disney! We also get an early look at Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch…only we’re not sure which side they’ll be on yet, although one shot appears to show Quicksilver knocking an Ultron drone away from Captain America.

However, the Age of Ultron trailer raises as many questions as it answers. Wolverine, Spider-Man and time travel all have pretty big parts to play in the Age of Ultron comics. With X-Men Days of Future Past still fresh in audiences’ minds, it seems unlikely (but not impossible) that we’ll be jumping years into the future again in the Age of Ultron movie. Instead, it appears that The Avengers will be tackling Ultron during his rise, rather than retroactively trying to prevent it.

It also seems that Tony Stark/Iron Man is responsible for the creation of Ultron. This has previously been strongly hinted at by the confirmation that Paul Bettany (the voice of Jarvis) will also play Vision, an enemy of the Avengers and an ally of Ultron. The trailer seems to back this idea up, with Stark talking about ‘the end of the path I started us on.’

Black Widow motorcyle Age of Ultron

And what of that fancy European castle around the 48 second mark? Well, Thomas Kretschmann is pegged to play Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, who appeared in the post-credits scene of The Winter Soldier with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. While these characters were originally members of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, it appears they have been reimagined as genetic experiments created by Hydra. Could Captain America, seen kicking down a heavy wooden door, be following a lead from SHIELD to bust them out and recruit them to the Avengers? Time will tell…

Now,onto Captain America’s shield. We see it broken in the Avengers Age of Ultron trailer, presumably signifying that Ultron is made of Vibranium and able to break it. However, presumably prior to that, both the teaser trailer and a prop display at San Diego Comic-Con have shown it mounted to the front of Black Widow’s motorcycle (pictured above). Is it possible that the awkward flirtation between Steve Rogers and Black Widow is taken to romantic new heights in Age of Ultron? And is it wrong that I REALLY hope it is?!

The film arrives in theaters in the US on May 1st 2015, but if you can’t wait that long, there’s still time to grab the Age of Ultron comic book and compare it to the trailer. Over and over again…

Check out the Avengers Age of Ultron graphic novel here: — Amazon UK — Forbidden Planet UK

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