With the Marvel Studios panel being held at San Diego Comic Con 2014 this evening, we all knew that tonight was going to deliver our first official look at Joss Whedon’s the Avengers: Age of Ultron. There was a rumor that footage would premiere for the hungry masses packed into Hall H; and Marvel definitely didn’t disappoint.
The film footage opens with the entire gang trying to pick up Thor (Chris Hemsworth)’s hammer, Mjolnir, first Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), then Rhodie (Don Cheadle) tries to help Tony. Then Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), then Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), before Captain America (Chris Evans) manages to nudge it just a bit, which makes Thor frown. It’s at that moment that we hear Ultron (James Spader)’s voice, and Ultron walks into Tony Stark’s swanky NYC apartment. Is he a party guest? No, he’s there to save Earth — by way of human extinction. Two more robots then fly at the group, before the footage kicks into a montage (with Ultron over the entire thing) that sees the Avengers spread around the globe, all individually doing their thing. It’s impressive, and it’s also the first time we see Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), also elsewhere in the world.
It ends on a powerful note, with Downey’s Iron Man lamenting that what he started was now unraveling, before cutting to him in the Hulkbuster suit, battling Hulk, as the duo are now the same size. After all that fighting? A hint of romance, with Hulk holding out his hand to Black Widow, who holds out her own to touch him. Suddenly, Cap’s shield appears, cut in two, before showing all of the Avengers on the ground next to it, seemingly laying dead….except for Tony, who is standing over them, looking at them in grief and fear and astonishment.
End footage. Up comes title card. And the crowd goes wild.