"Everyone creates the thing they dread," states Ultron via James Spader's (Blacklist) raspy, sonorous voice. Spader's character is the newest super villain Marvel's Avengers must face in the up and coming Age of Ultron movie. Yesterday, Marvel released its second trailer for the Avenger sequel. Despite its pessimistic outlook, it's likely Ultron's prediction won't prove true for Director Joss Whedon's vision for the film, given the dramatic VFX images the trailers are giving us.
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This trailer provides a few more narrative extensions and VFX shots we saw in the last one. For example, we see again the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) release a red fireball of energy to her right in the first trailer. In this latest one, however, we now see where the fireball lands...Iron Man's chest. Some excellent lighting, rendering, and motion blur effects applied to this little FX gem.
Another extended scene occurs when Ultron first appears as the broken, deformed AI robot giving the sad "Puppet's on a String" speech. Ultron totally plays the "Oh, I'm so deformed and injured, I couldn't hurt a living soul...just before I unleash an army of genocidal robotics in your face!" The first trailer completely omitted the sudden appearance of these robotic henchmen busting through the walls of the Avenger's HQ. There's some wicked dynamics going on in this scene as well.
The new trailer does focus mostly on building the drama of the situation, with tons of one liners, that eerie Pinocchio song again, and enough harrowed heroic faces to fill a super tanker. However, it does provide us with some more of what we just can't get enough of...the Tony Stark's Hulkbuster suit. We predict these epic battle scenes between he and the Green Guy to probably be the best part of the film's VFX work. But we'll have to keep waiting until May 1st, when the movie is released to be sure.
Directed by Joss Whedon, Avengers: Age of Ultron reunited Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johannson and Robert Downey Jr. as Earth’s mightiest heroes, with Paul Bettany, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen debuting as the Vision, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, respectively. Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released May 1.