By Scott Tipton
Well, I figure we have to talk about it, right?
Okay. Wow. A lot to process there. Let's look at a few things closer, shall we?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Look closely and you can see the Avengers logo on the newly born Ultron's chest. He's definitely built himself from spare parts.
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.
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.
Although the Widow's motorcycle dropping out of a flying Quinjet was almost as cool...
I like the blue glow effect they're using to represent Pietro's speed. Almost a "Kirby Krackle" look.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
...but damn. Close enough.