The latest "Avengers: Age of Ultron" trailer has everything you want in a promo for summer blockbuster: big action, big one-liners and plenty of big reveals. The clip's two-minute runtime is packed nearly exclusively with all-new footage, meaning that it goes to places that we've yet to see in any previous "Age of Ultron" trailer or TV spot. This clip goes a long way toward clarifying a number of questions we had after the Marvel Studios film released its first footage.
With so many big moments condensed in one trailer, odds are you might have missed a couple of them -- unless you've had the promo on loop for the past few hours, of course. Since some of these reveals only flashed on screen for a few seconds, we've isolated the seven biggest reveals of the new "Avengers: Age of Ultron" trailer and presented them below.
Every villain needs motivation and, in the new trailer, Ultron wastes no time bringing audiences up to speed on his. "I was designed to save the world," says James Spader's slightly modified voice in the trailer's opening moments. "People look to the sky and see hope... I'll take that from them first. There's only one path to peace: their extinction." The monologue sounds as if it might have been cobbled together from various points throughout the film, but it gets Ultron's point across. He sees only one way to "save" humanity, and his plan doesn't involve encouraging words and sing-alongs.
The Twins' Allegiance
Ultron must make a convincing argument because it looks like the Maximoff twins, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, are firmly on his side for much of the trailer. The footage includes what could be the pair's first encounter with the robotic villain in a dilapidated castle and it also shows them standing side by side with Ultron against Captain America, Thor and Iron Man. Things have to go south at some point, though, because Scarlet Witch can be seen fighting off Ultron drones with the Avengers at the end of the trailer.
Earth's Mightiest Downtime
We've heard rumors that "Age of Ultron" will include a scene set on Hawkeye's farm and large portions of this new trailer seem to verify those claims. The team trades their super suits for casual wear in a number of scenes, most notably a confrontation between Steve and Tony and an intimate moment between Natasha and Bruce. The first "Avengers" film was pretty much go go go as soon as Loki arrived on Earth; it looks like "Age of Ultron" has more character-centric scenes in its arsenal.
The trailer includes a quick scene of Tony Stark, equipped with an Iron Man gauntlet, grabbing what appears to be Loki's scepter from a stand. The weapon first appeared in 2012's "Avengers" when the Chitauri bestowed it upon the trickster god. The scepter contains within it a still unidentified Infinity Stone, which has so far granted the device the ability to fire energy blasts, control minds and open portals. It was also used in an undetermined way to give powers to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, as revealed in the mid-credits scene of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." What role could this weapon play in "Age of Ultron?"
Scarlet Witch's Power
This reveal actually clarifies some of the more confusing shots from previous trailers. Shots of ballerinas and Natasha Romanoff undergoing a procedure seemed a bit out of place before since they appeared to be from some sort of flashback. This shot shows Wanda Maximoff using her powers to literally dive inside Black Widow's head, a move that will most likely trigger the flashback scenes we've already seen glimpses of. Black Widow's red eyes, a side effect of the Witch's control, also helps explain other shots of the Hulk that feature the hero rampaging while possessing similarly colored eyes.
Widow's New Weapon
We've already seen Black Widow's batons in a number of promotional images for the film, but this trailer gives us our first look at the new tech in action. Unlike her Widow's Bite/Sting/Line gadgets, which have a basis in the comics, these -- I guess we'll call them Widow Sticks -- are new weapons created for the film. They actually bear a strong resemblance to another S.H.I.E.L.D. bad ass -- Bobbi Morse. Adrianne Palicki has been using battle staves in most of her appearances as Mockingbird this season on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and it looks like Black Widow's about to join the baton fan club.
Come on, this is a big reveal. So far Paul Bettany's android Avenger has been missing from all official images and footage. His appearance on the "Age of Ultron" poster is even obscured by a flash of light. So far Vision fans have only had the plethora of promotional images to go off of -- but not any more. This trailer gives us our first extreme close-up of the hero, leaving us eagerly anticipating seeing the Vision take flight and take action.
Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens on May 1.