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COMICS 101

By Scott Tipton
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2014-10-29 - AGE OF ULTRON ON THE HORIZON

Well, I figure we have to talk about it, right?

The first trailer for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON leaked out on to the Internet last week, with Marvel swiftly following suit and releasing an official, much prettier hi-def version a week earlier than they'd planned. I'm sure you've seen it by now, but just in case you've been out of the loop somehow, let's take a look:

Okay. Wow. A lot to process there. Let's look at a few things closer, shall we?

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It's clear from the start that this is going to be a much darker film, based on this shot of the team having retrieved Bruce Banner from a presumed Hulk-out incident. Banner doesn't look at all well.

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This shot of the newly "born" Ultron shambling in to bust up the Avengers' party has a great Frankenstein vibe about it, and really sets the town for how creepy Ultron can be as an opponent. And James Spader's voice really sells it. I have to confess, when the casting was first announced it didn't really grab me, but now I get it. Let's just hope we get a few classic Ultron screams in there, too. Ultron screams, like, a lot.

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The first couple times I watched this, I failed to notice the very alarmed-looking Rhodey on the far right. Glad to see Don Cheadle's in this, although how much remains to be seen.

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In this wider shot, it looks like they're in Stark Tower for this scene. My question is, who's the woman next to Thor? A Jane Foster cameo? I hadn't heard of a Natalie Portman appearance, but it's not unprecedented; no one knew Gwyneth Paltrow would be appearing in the first film, either.

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Look closely and you can see the Avengers logo on the newly born Ultron's chest. He's definitely built himself from spare parts.

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Looks like Pietro and Wanda will be taking orders from Ultron, at least at first. Which lines up fine with their comic-book history, so I dig it.

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This seemed to be the scene that set the Internet on fire last week, the introduction of Tony Stark's Hulkbuster Armor. I'm amazed to see such a note-perfect reproduction of Kev Hopgood's original Hulkbuster design. Let's hope he gets a nice paycheck for it.

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Although the Widow's motorcycle dropping out of a flying Quinjet was almost as cool...

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I like the blue glow effect they're using to represent Pietro's speed. Almost a "Kirby Krackle" look.

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I have to wonder: is that a new shield that Tony Stark whipped up for Captain America? Because presumably the original is still somewhere at the bottom of the Potomac following the end of THE WINTER SOLDIER.

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As many online have speculated, this has to be Ulysses Klaw that Andy Serkis is playing. I can't think of anyone else in the Marvel Universe who sports the Abe Lincoln mustacheless beard.

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I like the notion of this tender moment between the Hulk and the Widow, playing off of their terrifying encounter aboard the Helicarrier in the first film

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Hawkeye's new threads look pretty sharp, much closer to his comic-book outfit. If only he had a mask with an "H" on it.

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And finally, a glance at what I'm guessing is Ultron's finished look by the end of the film. Okay, it may not be exactly this:

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...but damn. Close enough.

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