My web sense has been tingling for days now! When the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer hit social media went ballistic, as is often the case. I checked it out, and was reasonably impressed.
Obviously I’d much rather see the film than the teaser, but all good things come to those who wait. And wait I shall, I love these flicks. Good storytelling, lots of action, humour, you name it. It’s all there for all to enjoy.
Now I’m not just writing this article to re-post an already over-viewed trailer to our blog. I’m writing it to re-post an extended cut of said over-viewed trailer. I kid, but seriously.
I was asked today – by a coworker – if I had seen the extended cut of the trailer yet, and I hadn’t. Don’t be alarmed, this doesn’t happen often. We all get one or two, right? So please bear with me. He took the time to watch me watch the clip, and was then kind enough to make me watch it again.
His name is John, incidentally. So John points out that at 0:31 you hear Mjölnir creak against the (thankfully) solid material of the table on which it rests. It shudders, ever so slightly, to Thor’s dismay. At this point, Thor’s face literally looks as though he’s about to lose the kingdom to the riff-raff from out-of-town. Which begs the question: doesn’t the hammer require the wielder to be worthy? Like the legendary sword Excalibur, once it is placed in the stone only he who was fit to be king could release it from its tomb. Knowing this, at what point does an Irish kid from Brooklyn become worthy of this Asgårdian relic? No amount of strength is going to account for this. If you doubt me, please refer to the scene in Avengers when Hulk (Bruce) tries to lift Mjölnir off the floor of the aircraft. It cannot be done. Assuming we’re working with Earth-199999 (Marvel Cinematic Universe Earth) this must remain true.
So I started thinking, as dangerous as that can be sometimes. What if – Steve Rogers’ Super-Soldier Serum contained trace amounts of Asgårdian blood, or other DNA? Nobody has ever really explained where his powers come from. Some intravenous and oral fluids, buffed up with #VitaRays. Really? That’s it? That’s so 1941. I want answers man, I want the sort of data we get today through Google and other credible scientific sources. I need the Neil deGrasse Tyson of the Marvel Universe to explain this to me. But I digress.
The trailer goes on to show us the beaten and battered form of Ultron, the lead antagonist of the film. One can only assume that all of these shenanigans with Mjölnir, while drinking, come while celebrating an untimely win. Too soon guys, too soon. Ultron regains strength and goes on a rampage. This all seems rather normal for a sociopathic, science-fiction robot, no? Well, it would – except he spends actual screen time (being a proper lunatic, I might add) voicing a lyric from “I’ve got no strings” from 1940’s Pinocchio, by Disney. Wait – Disney owns Marvel Studios. Marvel Studios films can now safely reference Disney content. Ultron and the Ultron Sentinels were once under duress by forces unknown, they now feel free to carry out their will, and have regained a form of liberty. Brilliant.
One more reason why Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Studios has made our lives better, in a very nerdy way.
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