– by Tom Munday
So, how do you top, arguably, Marvel’s best flick to date? The original’s balanced tone, peppy aura, and laugh-a-second style wowed audiences and critics alike. That multi-billion dollar behemoth set the bar for every other comic book adaptation to come. Phase 2, while not reaching Phase 1’s magnetic heights, completed its mission.
The first Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser promised a “darker and grittier” examination of our favourite superhero squad’s intricate workings. Showing off Ultron, Pinocchio’s “No strings on me” attitude and some new characters, the hit-and-miss first teaser got everyone excited.
According to every arts & entertainment publication in the galaxy, this Phase-capper is set to tare everything everyone apart. Sparking up Captain America and Iron Man’s famous Civil War feud, this one may see our favourite heroes making questionable decisions and noble sacrifices. We get several humanizing, heart-breaking moments. In particular, Hulk holding hands with Black Widow amidst the chaos.
This trailer, from the civilian-focused introduction, focuses on the consequences of the team’s globe-obliterating actions. It’s outlined specifically in one particular phrase: “Everyone creates the thing they dread”. Hopefully, we don’t get any Interstellar/Dylan Thomas style quote repetition! Each reaction shot gives an alarming ‘Ryan Gosling sad eyes’ quality to this eagerly-anticipated popcorn-zilla. However, the Hulk/Hulkbuster Iron Man showdown appears to be a 2015 cinema highlight.
The trailer’s piano-heavy darkness looks to rift against the silliness. We got gods, green monsters, and snarky billionaires: none of this should be dark! God forbid, we get another Man of Steel character-against-tone miscalculation! The too-many-characters/storylines/sequelitis issue looks set for a comeback (damn it, Iron Man 2! Why aren’t you better?!). Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier achieved that balance whilst delivering fun twists and turns. This, on the other hand, looks set to have one Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch too many. No offence, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, you’re both fine.
The trailer, though promising, leaves one with a swath of cautious optimism. With four villains and roughly 200 heroes likely to make an appearance, Joss Whedon and co. may have Hulk smashed their chances of making lightning strike twice (sorry Thor, had to be said).
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