Marvel Releases First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' After Those Hydra Scoundrels Leak It

Hydra seems to be ruining everything these days. After destroying S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and now antagonizing what's left of them in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., they're ruining it for Marvel yet again. On Wednesday evening, those rascals leaked the first teaser for Avengers: Age Of Ultron, mere hours after they had announced that the trailer would be making its debut during next week's episode of SHIELD.

It was a good plan too, SHIELD's ratings have been floundering despite a really strong start to the season, and a big promise like a trailer debut to what's sure to be next year's most anticipated and probably highest grossing movie would certainly help drum up some viewers. Alas, it wasn't meant to be, so rather than content with a leak for six days, Marvel decided to officially release the trailer early.

Check it out below:

In case you've been living under a rock, Avengers: Age Of Ultron reunites the group to fight Ultron (voiced and mocapped by James Spader), an artificial intelligence presumably bred by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) accidentally, and with ambitions to take over the world. Things seem as dark as ever, and as a result, we see new people added to the team, some even fighting against the team to begin with. New additions include Vision (voiced and mocapped by Paul Bettany, who we unfortunately don't get to see in the trailer), Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olson) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor Johnson). The trailer also gives us a brief glimpse of Andy Serkis's mystery character, as well as the long-rumored and teased Hulkbuster armor, as Iron Man mysteriously seems to be going up against The Hulk.

As expected, it's spectacular. And not in the way that gives up too much about the movie either. If anything, I have more questions now than I did going into the trailer, having read all sorts of rumors and alleged spoilers.

Off the top of my head:

  • Why is Iron Man fighting Hulk?
  • Did Bruce Banner go insane>
  • Will Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver spend most of the movie fighting for Ultron?
  • Did James Spader leave his fedora on the set of The Blacklist?
  • Why is Andy Serkis playing a human in this?
  • I wonder if he had to, like, still do mocap, and then they CGI'd his body onto himself?

And so on.

In any case, it looks like Joss Whedon has crafted a darker, more serious Avengers movie for his second go-around, and like he's leaving a lot on the table. If the first film needed anything, it was slightly more gravitas, and while I'm sure this will be nothing short of hilarious too when push comes to shove, the idea that Age of Ultron might combine those two styles, on top of everything we see in the trailer, has me very excited.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron is due in theaters May 1st, 2015.

Here's Marvel's hilarious reaction to the leak on Twitter:

And also the accompanying trailer poster: