Last night, the world's attention temporarily switched from college athletics to something else that’s just as high-energy but with fewer referees and end-zone dances. Although, if The Hulk punts Tony Stark between two tall buildings, then he will have every right to get down with his bad self. Yes, I’m talking about the 2nd trailer for Avengers: The Age of Ultron, and right off the bat, I have some good news for you: they’re still going with the emo Disney music! Now, seeing that Marvel is owned by the House of Mouse, this comes as no surprise, and I for one look forward to hearing more twisted versions of beloved Disney classics. Seriously, though, if Avengers: Infinity War doesn’t open with the song “When You Wish Upon A Stark”, I am going to be very disappointed. Anywhoo, without further ado, here is the trailer just in case you haven't already watched around 35 times by now:
Pretty spiffy looking, huh? I mean, you’ve got some familiar images that were shown in the first trailer, and then you’ve got some cool new stuff designed to make fans and nerds alike salivate like a starving man who has just been handed a Kit-Kat Bar. But before we get into the nitty-gritty, I’d just like to point out that if you want to impress your friends, then tell them that Ultron’s line at the beginning (“Everyone creates the thing they dread”) is somewhat reminiscent of Oscar Wilde’s famous quote: “Each man kills the thing he loves.” I can assure you that all of your pals will look at you with awe and accuse you of doing some of that “book-reading” that used to be so fashionable way back when. But let's move on and discuss some of the more interesting additions to this latest Coming Attraction...
Like any good trailer, it raises some questions, and the first noticeable one is: who is that African beauty about to engage in some cave-bathing? I have only speculation and conjecture to offer you, but according to the Internet (a thing that is never wrong), this mysterious woman might have something to do with the fictional African nation of Wakanda, otherwise known as the birthplace of future Avenger, The Black Panther. This also explains Andy Serkis’s non-motion capture role in this movie, as he is rumored to be playing Ulysses Klaw, a villainous villain who is after a rare metal known as vibranium, which can be primarily be found in Wakanda. I’m sure vibranium is important for all sorts of reasons, but the main thing you should know is that Captain America’s shield is made out of it.
Also in this trailer we see, yet again, what looks to be a glimpse into Black Widow’s past, as we see a younger version of herself getting captured and possibly experimented on. What, pray tell, are they doing to her? I have no freaking idea, but I’m sure it will come into play around the last 35 to 45 minutes of the movie. There’s also a lot of in-fighting happening amongst The Avengers, as we see, once again, The Hulk tussle with the Hulk Buster. When I saw this happening in the first trailer, I surmised that Ultron had merely taken over the suit and that there was nobody actually in there. But, unless there is some editing trickery going on here, Marvel apparently woke up and decided to rain on my parade, because we see in this one that Tony is actually piloting the suit and is very angry at the Hulk for some reason. I guess maybe the big green guy wouldn’t stop pointing out all of the plot holes from the last Iron Man movie. Meanwhile, Thor continues to keep his own ego in check by embracing things like empathy, humility, kindness, and, apparently, the art of choking, because this is the second time that we’ve seen him throttling poor Tony Stark! I’m assuming that this is because Tony created Ultron, and now the rest of the Avengers have to put in some overtime as a result.
So what does all of this ultimately mean? Well, I think that what the trailer is trying to tell us is that we should really start thinking about reserving our theater tickets. May is just around the corner, after all. Seriously, though, I loved the first Avengers movie, and this one looks like it’s going to be pretty great as well. Will everyone’s predictions and speculations be confirmed when the movie is finally released? Maybe yes and maybe no, but it matters little, because in the end, I think we’re all going to end up having a lot of fun during The Age of Ultron.