‘I was designed to save the world. People would look to the sky and see … hope.
I’ll take that from them first.’
Hey, good news! I’m writing a post that isn’t just my weekly post! Bad news, it’s about Marvel. I know, I know. I’m in danger of sounding like a broken record. But the fact is, I find The Avengers really damn exciting. They’ve been a significant part of my movie life for the past three years, and they’re part of the reason why my movie life (admittedly in a little bit a rut currently) is so important to me. Avengers Assemble was one of those films that made me love films. But, I digress. The point of this post isn’t to go on and on about the past. It’s to look forward to the future.
This glorious future is one that involves Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not the actual Age of Ultron, which after watching this trailer I understand would be terrible. But a world in which this film EXISTS. It will be a thing that I can WATCH. This world is coming within two months, and the prospect of it is something that makes me really very excited. Still, unfathomably I managed to forget about this trailer’s release date (until I was reminded by a frantic message from my best friend), and because I was working I had to wait to see it. However, I’ve seen it now, so just allow me the next couple of hundred words to be VERY ENTHUSIASTIC.
Firstly, James Spader’s Ultron voice is unnerving and amazing and I’m fully prepared to be terrified of him. An actual comic book villain I find scary! That’ll be something new and exciting, because everyone’s seemed either too panto or too damn charismatic since The Incredible Hulk’s Abomination (who I find particularly distressing). It isn’t just Ultron who gives me the creeps in that trailer – Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, the depth of whose powers I think we’re only just glimpsing, is a character I really can’t wait to see more of. I’m not a comic book nerd but I know bits and pieces, and if some of that backstory (well, not the obviously Fox-owned bits) makes it to the screen, I think we’re in for a treat.
Secondly, Black Widow. Because always Black Widow. This trailer’s had more of her than I remember seeing in the others, and I love this. I don’t want to make too much of the Natasha/Bruce scene glimpsed in a few seconds but if it isn’t a rug-pull waiting to happen, I like that idea a lot. Also, the “I’m always cleaning up after you boys” line made me smile. I love that character and I want her to do basically everything – including get her own movie. So watching her ride around on a motorbike and jump off things and seemingly get possessed (any time anyone gets red eyes in something I am reminded of terrifying kids’ TV show Jeopardy) in the space of this trailer is a good start.
Finally, since Captain America: The Winter Soldier I am fully on board with Steve now. I’ve revisited The First Avenger and I love it more and more, but I remember thinking he seemed a bit like everyone’s slightly bossy dad last time. In a post-TWS world, I don’t think that Steve exists. I think an example of this is how I actually think of the character as ‘Steve’, rather than as ‘Captain America’, and that’s made him seem far more human. Because Captain America: Civil War is basically shaping up to be an Avengers film in everything but name, I’m happy to see more of him in this outing.
I could go on forever, but I really won’t. I am just excited to see this particular band back together. The film’s out in the UK on the 23rd April.