Waiting for a new trailer is something that a ‘hard core’ fan must do, willing or not. When a trailer finally is released, it can be spread worldwide in seconds – even if it wasn’t time for it to be released.
Earlier this evening, on October 22, 2014, fans across the world (if they were awake) got their first glimpse of Avengers: Age of Ultron. But they were not supposed to. It was leaked for reasons that are not known as the trailer was not set to air until a later date. Within minutes the leaked video had thousands of views and forced Marvel Studios to release the trailer on their own site and Youtube Channel.
The reaction from Marvel is actually pretty chill compared to the fans that have been waiting to see the characters, old and new, on screen again. They merely replied with a two-word tweet, “Dammit, Hydra,” playing on the ongoing villainous underground society in multiple Marvel films.
In the trailer itself, there is an unsettling theme of rage, mistrust, destruction (beyond the physical), and blame as we see the very beginnings of fellow Avengers turning against each other. Thor is seen choking Tony Stark. An army of robots attack civilians. Captain America’s shield lies wrenched in two. The fans have their first real look at the villain Ultron, in which the movie is rightfully named after. An underlying song throughout the trailer, “There are No Strings on Me,” is sung with no accompanied music and with the voice of one child, making the mood no less like that of a horror film. It brings out the ironic likeness of Ultron to a puppet that has come to life and now is free of control. The doom is blatantly impending.
Among other short snippets of the trailer, fans see much more of the possible pasts of lesser characters in the previous Avengers, like Hawkeye, and Black Widow. There are also epic clips of Hydra’s new weapons, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch known as the Twins. The only known major character that is not shown is Vision, the lifelike android with the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S.
It’s an ominous feeling that accompanies the preview’s viewing, portraying the set of heroes need to “grow up” a little and face a much more grey set of morals. Themes promise to run much deeper than that of a ‘mere evil vs. good’ scenario. This time one of the villains has come from the Avengers themselves, not to mention an unbeatable duo of speed and power found in the Twins. Fingers will be pointed, faith will be misplaced, friendships will change and fall and crumble. From the trailer alone, fans cannot be certain that all would end well, as the Avengers: Age of Ultron also brings ugly rumors of an Avenger’s death. The question also remains of where each of our heroes will end up. Could this possibly be some of the first tensions of the Marvel Civil War? Is it even possible for this movie to end on a good note?