The Avengers: Age Of Ultron – TV Spot 1

Seriously, why does Marvel Studios even bother with trailers, especially for a property like The Avengers?  They already have my money, and I am sure the same applies for millions of other people.

Just don’t give away any more of the movie (which the new trailers don’t seem to be doing) because I am still smarting over when the commercials from the first movie, that featured the Hulk saving Iron Man after he blew up the Chitari installation.  It didn’t make the movie any less awesome, but it did rob me of a little joy.

In reference to my first point, I am not kidding.  If I didn’t literally didn’t see another trailer for Age Of Ultron it would make no difference at all.  In other words, short of something physically stopping me from doing so, I have every intention of seeing this movie.

Twice.

How The Scene Should Have Went: Guardians Of The Galaxy

James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy was without a doubt one of the best movies of 2014.  Marvel Studios’ motley group of space heroes was certainly a surprise, though like any other movie there were things that could have been improved.  For me, the first would have been some sort of explanation about how StarLord’s mask worked (perhaps it encased the wearer within a small envelope of atmosphere, which would explain how he could go into space without anything protecting his body but a leather suit and duster).

The second thing that bothered me a bit was the scene where we first meet The Collector, Taneleer Tavan  (Benicio Del Toro), and he was speaking to his Attendant.

Their conversation began with him asking if her people had elbows.

“I don’t have to remind you what happened to the last Attendant who disappointed me?”  said The Collector.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Attendant sceneNow here’s what the Attendant should have said:

“You mean that Attendant that’s been a foot behind me the entire time?  The Attendant that there’s no possible way that I could’ve missed?  You mean that Attendant?”

Seeing what her fate was a few scenes later, perhaps it would have been better if she had been a bit more defiant while she had the chance.

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron – Trailer 2

Oh.  My.  God.  Can this movie look any more awesome?  At this point, no movie matters more and it has somehow managed to move from mere celluloid, to an event.

If this movie doesn’t earn at least $500 million its first weekend, it won’t earn a penny.

Daredevil Premiere Date

Daredevil, The Man Without Fear

Daredevil, The Man Without Fear

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daredevil (the first entry of Netflix’s launch of Marvel superheroes, soon to be followed by A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, culminating in The Defenders) will premiere April 10.

And as typically the case with series that appear on Netflix, the entire first season will probably air in its entirety.

And I for one can’t wait.

 

Ant-Man – Trailer

I caught the Ant-Man trailer–for some reason it’s still being called a “teaser”–and I have to say, it looks awesome.  You’ve got Paul Rudd in his Ant-Man costume, running about, riding an ant and looking bulked-up.

As I said, it’s pretty awesome.

You also see Corey Stoll strolling down a corridor, and I have to say that I have never seen him look more bad-ass.  You also see Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), looking gorgeous.

Interestingly enough, I get a very Iron Man-vibe from the trailer; not an accident, I assume.

I also am willing to bet that most people are going to quickly forget that Edgar Wright was even considered to direct.

The Ugly Side Of Fandom

If you’ve seen videos of cosplay or the various ‘Cons’ the first thing you notice is that they feature all sorts of quirky, colorful (and often brilliant) costumes, which is why it’s understandable if you thought that that was what comic geek culture was all about (besides costumes and the–virtual–worship of certain movies and comic characters).

And for the most part, you’d be right, though there are instances when a comic character that began “life” as a white person, and is reinterpreted as a person of color in the movies (Oddly, when a male character was reinterpreted as female, in the case of 2004 reboot of Battlestar Galactica, when Starbuck was underwent gender reassignment, fans only offered token resistance while most were relatively sanguine about it) when you often see the ugly side of fandom.

Before I begin, you’ll noticed that I deliberately don’t use the term “race” because, besides being a misnomer, it has always bothered me because white people are genetically identical to black people, yellow people, beige people, and so on.

I bring this up because the reaction to John Boyega, dressed as a stormtrooper in the beginning of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, has been pretty distressing for some members of the fan community.

Comic book fans tend to be sticklers for detail, which to a degree I can understand. If someone has been following a character for the better part of their lives, it probably feels amazing to see the character on the big screen; till that is, they see that the character has been interpreted in a manner opposite to what they have known and anticipated.

That being said, it feels that whenever an actor of color is cast in a prominent role in a comic book movie, some in the fan community lose all sense of propriety, and logic goes out the window.

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The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer – Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Edition

Kevin Feige, you cheeky bastard.  It appears that you pulled a fast one.  When the trailer for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron was leaked prior to it appearing on Marvel’s Agent’s Of S.H.I.E.L.D. I assumed that that was the end of this story.  Sure, Marvel Studios handed things pretty gracefully, but I thought it was time to move on.

How wrong I was.

The trailer that was released during S.H.I.E.L.D. is quite similar to the leaked trailer, but not the same, and as anyone knows, the Devil is in the details.  The fist, and most noticeable difference is that there’s an extended party scene (which the first trailer only touches upon), where Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr) and Jim Rhodes (Don Cheadle) attempt to lift Thor’s hammer.Tony and Rhody Attempt to lift Thor's hammer

Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) doesn’t bother, because she knows that boys will be boys.

Though things get interesting with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), otherwise known as Captain America, tries.

Thor's expression

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) appears mildly concerned, especially since he knows that one has to be deemed worthy by the magics that permeate the hammer to lift it, and who’s worthier than Captain America?

From that point on, the trailer mostly follows similar beats as the first one, though there are small differences.

Such as the image below of Black Widow staring at something…

Black Widow staring

Which was followed by this image of the Chituari scepter from 2013’s The Avengers (and what we learn give the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver their abilities from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Ctharia weaponCombined with earlier scenes of Captian America breaking into a castle, I believe that they show his his search for the origins of Winter Soldier, and that he finds the hideout of Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann).

Though there’s an image that appears in both versions that I am very curious about, which is of an attractively-lit room that’s serving as a ballet studio, though why is it in the trailer?  Did Joss Whedon (who may not have cut it) want to add a scene of beauty to contrast all the larger-than-life heroics that proceeded it?

Ballet Dancers

Maybe, but I doubt it because it’s too obvious.  I suspect that the dancers may have something to do with the Scarlet Witch, if only because it’s not exactly the style of Black Widow or Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders).