Trailer Analysis – Avengers: Age of Ultron (Trailer 3)


Avengers Assemble! A battle cry surely shouted across the globe, as tens of millions flocked to social media to feast their eyes on the latest look at Avengers: Age of Ultron. On a normal Wednesday morning, an unexpected tweet put forth an invitation to Marvelites everywhere to stand together and show their loyalty. With only 140 characters at their disposal, Marvel Studios single-handedly broke the internet promising the new trailer a full 24 hours ahead of schedule, if enough people commonly used the famous tagline in hashtag form. With, possibly, the most fun and socially interactive plan in recent memory spreading like wildfire, the goods were offered up in a matter of hours. Which brings us to the breakdown:

Bring on the expected, gorgeous flyover shots of ominously desolate countryside to urban locales, all brilliantly voiced over by our increasingly lovable, titular villain. “I was designed to save the world,” explains Ultron, as we immediately realize we’ll need to look no further for our story speculations. Any suspicions we may have had of the twin’s initial allegiance are put to rest, when we find Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch worshipping Ultron atop his throne. As the team’s Quinjet flies overhead, people gaze upward in awe, as they’re greeted with the idea of “hope.” It’s such hope, that appears to evoke the maniacal, race-eradicating thoughts of our antagonist.

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With our first official exterior look at the new and improved Avengers Tower, comes an enlightening exchange between Stark and Banner about the development of artificial intelligence. “I tried to create a suit of armor around the world,” Tony explains. The overarching theme of hero morality shifts into focus, causing our characters to question if the Earth would need protection at all, if it weren’t for their mistakes. With the odds of winning the imminent war stacked heavily against them, the once-fragile team begins to unravel. Familiar face and former Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury, offers words of encouragement, urging the team to stand and fight. Accompanying action sequences show the team sprawling across the frame in classic comic book panel fashion, inducing chills to fanboys worldwide. Additional, quick-succession shots display the likes of Stark holding Loki’s scepter, Scarlet Witch manipulating Widow’s mind, and Hulk pummeling Iron Man up the side of a skyscraper. Comic relief remains in-tact amidst the destruction, thankfully, with several Whedon-esque quips peppered throughout.

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With just under two months to go before the film dominates the box office, numerous questions still carry on unanswered. Just how will the (potentially Inhuman) Maximoff twins join Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? What in God’s name is going on between Banner and Widow? What other awesome Marvel Cinematic Universe cameos may we see from the Scarlet Witch hallucinations? Where the heck is Spider-Man during all of this? Expect to see this, a team-wide pano shot that puts the Battle of New York’s to shame, and oh-so-much more when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1st, 2015!

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P.S. You didn’t really think we’d wrap that up without at least mentioning the breakout character of 2015, did you? Behold, the Android Avenger: Vision! Get yourselves very familiar. This Avenger is going to own the screen!

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Trailer Analysis (Summer ’15)

Hello, everyone! I’m Pat, the new contributor to Justine’s Movie Blog, and I’m going to present a brand new segment where I break down 2015’s most talked about trailers for the upcoming summer movie season.


Furious 7


If we’ve learned anything from six previous outings, it’s that the Fast & Furious franchise is an unstoppable force of action and entertainment. Furious 7 looks to kick off this year’s summer movie season with a massive, high-stakes adventure that has as much heart as it does explosions. In an interesting turn of events, this entry brings us to present day, immediately following the untimely death of Han. We discover this apparent tragedy is planned by a new character, played by Jason Statham, who so happens to be the older brother of our last antagonist, Owen Shaw. In a last ditch effort for enacting the ultimate revenge, we find the famed Toretto residence blown to pieces, allowing our cast motivation for another plot’s worth of (doubtfully) “One last ride.” With the combined ingenuity of Dwayne Johnson wielding a turret, Paul Walker running atop a hurdling cliff-side bus, and Vin Diesel crashing cars through Middle-Eastern skyscrapers, the stunts of this film appear to be at a mind numbing level of extremity. Regrettably, this installment also serves to pay homage to Walker, as it will be his last. His passing had been widely reported, causing a lengthly halt in production. One can only hope his send off will be done tastefully. Furious 7 hits theaters April 3, 2015.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron


In what some may consider the follow-up to one of the most well-received films of our generation, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron proves to have some weighty ambitions to oust its predecessor. The Marvel Cinematic Universe thrives on, at the peak of what it’s carefully established, thus far. The fall out from our favorite team/time bomb’s staggering shifts in momentum with “Phase 2” (Infinity Stones, Clean Slate Protocol, the demise of S.H.I.E.L.D.) will reach full realization with it’s finale. We begin with what appears to be a celebratory “assembling” in the newly revamped Avengers Tower, only to discover Stark’s been quite busy, sans arc reactor. The horror-stricken team’s introduction to our titular villain sends chills tingling through viewers, assuredly thanks to James Spader’s expertly delivered dialogue. Plot ensues, forcing the Armored Avenger to suit up once more with his pals to take responsibility for his horrendous creation. We’re graced with some fantastic reveals, including meeting the twins, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, after their brief, Hydra centric origins. With teases of how these new heroes’ abilities may shake the team’s foundation, a much sought after look into Widow’s cringe-worthy past, and, perhaps, the most epic, Hulkbusting battle between the Science Bros we may EVER see, Age of Ultron looks to be sheer, non-stop entertainment on a global level. Written and directed once more by Joss Whedon, the film looks to be in the best of possible hands. What’s both admirable, as well as notable, is that Marvel’s kept large portions of the plot under wraps, including, most excitedly so, the reveal of Paul Bettany’s (J.A.R.V.I.S) Vision. The excruciatingly long wait draws closer each day. Can ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’ take down their greatest threat to date? Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

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Jurassic World


With roughly 14 years separating us from the last chapter in this beloved film series, Jurassic World places Hollywood’s latest go-to guy, Chris Pratt, in its leading role. Pratt’s new-found star power stems, deservedly so, from last summer’s smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Our first look at the movie grants us shots of Jurassic World open for business, attracting thousands of tourists to the wonder and discovery of these pre-historic creatures. We’re met with the revelation that park scientists have been busy, yet again, with genetic experimentation on dinosaur DNA. Owen, notably a reptilian wrangler of sorts, expresses his immediate distaste for the unorthodox creation of the Indominus Rex, whose physical appearance remains shrouded in mystery entirely. It becomes quite apparent this beast’s out for blood and a full-scale evacuation of the park takes place. It’s here the familiar ominous tones, suspenseful chases, and children fearing for their lives all materialize. With long time fans of the series theorizing, in detail, about just what makes this “D-Rex” so threatening, retractable wings, camouflage abilities, and human gene splicing all seem to have surfaced. Will they be able to take down the Indominus Rex, and is there more to its creation than we’re led to believe? We’ll find out June 12, 2015.

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Terminator: Genisys


Cue the iconic overture known by fans of the Science-Fiction genre everywhere. This could only mean one thing, another installment to the long-running Terminator franchise is upon us. At the center of this pseudo soft reboot, is the always incredible Emilia Clarke, of Game of Thrones fame, starring as Sarah Connor. Amusingly so, the timeline of this film looks to include elements of different events previously established canonically, with a bit of a modern twist. Dialogue exchanged between well-known characters, John Connor and Kyle Reese, discuss familiar moments from the original, when John’s mother Sarah still needs saving and the future needs altering. It’s to the viewers surprise, when Kyle is met by a far more empowered, self-aware version of his future lover, where it’s she who delivers the renowned “Come with me, if you want to live!” quote. Furthermore, we’re shown and older version of the T-800, again played by Schwarzenegger, destroying his younger counterpart upon his initial arrival. The mission at hand has changed, and the motivations behind this are left, somewhat intentionally, unclear. There’s no telling the repercussions to be had for the future once the credits roll. Terminator: Genisys “Will be back” July 1, 2015.

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Ant-Man


If there’s anything Marvel Studios has proven time and time again, it’s that they’ve never been afraid to take risks. It’s hard to imagine that seven years ago marked the beginning of what would be the most successful, cohesive cinematic universe the film industry had ever seen before. Marvel’s approach, from the start, had always been carefully calculated and formulaic in nature. Each “Phase” would be segmented yearly into at least one well-known property, as well as an entirely new property. With Avengers: Age of Ultron sure to account for all of 2015’s required revenue, Ant-Man’s wasting no time at all laying the ground work for Marvel’s Phase 3. So who is Ant-Man? Though his title may suggest otherwise, Ant-Man possesses the fascinating ability to manipulate his molecular structure, by means of Pym particles. Which leads to our story: Scott Lang, played ambitiously by Paul Rudd, is depicted as an ex-criminal searching for any means of redemption. What exactly transpires to place Lang in this position is unknown, however, it’s when his path crosses with Dr. Henry Pym that everything changes. We’re offered discussion between the two, suggesting Pym needs Lang to take up the mantle of Ant-Man, demonstrating we may meet our first generational hero. What’s fantastic about this, is there are countless possibilities for ties between Pym and, perhaps, Agent Peggy Carter or Howard Stark, both very recognizable, previously established characters. We’re offered glimpses of Lang’s assumed first transformation, his trainer/love interest Hope Van Dyne, and other stunning visuals. What’s honorable in what we’ve seen, is that Ant-Man seems to really own what it is, embracing humor when possible. But, “Is it too late to change the name?” Ant-Man opens July 17, 2015.

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