Avengers: Age of Ultron [teaser trailer]

Duh.

In case you didn’t know, I’m a big fan of the first Avengers film and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.
Also in case you didn’t hear, this teaser trailer was leaked 2 days ago and Marvel had the greatest response to the incident.

If you don’t understand the reference, check out Captain America, Captain America: Winter Soldier, or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Marvel fandom has been in absolute uproar. I mean, you thought we were excited about Guardians of the Galaxy?

Okay, yes, we were excited for GotG. But that was for a comic franchise that most movies-only fans like myself weren’t familiar with at all.

This is the AVENGERS. Everyone fell in love with them 2 years ago. (I may have seen the movie 3 times in theaters.) (Not on purpose, but just because people kept spontaneously deciding to see it and I wasn’t going to be that spoilsport who went “No no no we can’t I saw it already”.) (But I digress.) We love the characters and we love the cast. OH how we love the cast.

So. The new trailer is out. Release date is May 1, 2015. Here is a quick list of things that got me SUPER excited in this trailer:

  • The deliciously dark cover of “I’ve Got No Strings” from Pinocchio. Disney, as a movie powerhouse, knows that their audience looooves these dark and somber covers of songs in trailers. (See: Maleficent with “Once Upon a Dream” ) In fact, all of Hollywood knows this. (See: The Social Network with “Creep” or, heck, even Fifty Shades of Grey uses an intense version of “Crazy in Love”).
  • James Spader’s voicework as our new villain, Ultron, is flippin’ fantastic
  • Marvel Studios’ take on Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver. If you watched the sting scene at the end of the credits for Captain America: Winter Soldier, you would’ve seen that Hydra has the twins. It’s also interesting because we’ve seen Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but these are two different studios, so… the joke in the fandom is that AOU (Age of Ultron) won’t be able to talk about mutants. Which is what they are. But… Marvel Studios doesn’t have the rights to “mutant” because Fox does? (In the sting scene, they’re referred to as “miracles”.)

    • By the way, I am liking what I see with Elizabeth Olsen? I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen any of her work before.
  • Hulkbuster! The Hulk is a fairly important in the first film but it seems like he’ll be important in this one as well with how often he features in this trailer.
    hulkbuster.jpg

    • Also, one of the best things about the first film I think we’ll be seeing here: the Avengers clashing and having to work together
    • With all the talk of Civil War, the fandom is definitely abuzz about the clashing of the Avengers and the conflicts that will be exposed in this film that the previous films have been building up to. (I’m not familiar with the comics, but essentially, the Civil War arc sets Avengers against each other on the debate as to whether superheroes/mutants/whatever need to be registered.)
    • Doubly also, a Hulk + Iron Man fight means that the Science Bros fandom will go bananas.
  • Hoping that Hawkeye gets more screentime in this one! Although he wasn’t featured much in the trailer.
  • Also hoping for some Black Widow story here, since Marvel keeps hedging on her own independent movie…

    Some folks think this will be a Natasha Romanoff backstory sequence?
  • Possible Steve Rogers flashback?

    Y’all know I love me some Cap.
  • SHIRTLESS THOR?

    Because in the midst of half the world getting wrecked, we still need some at least one shirtless Chris to appease the fans
  • Andy Serkis as not-Gollum!

    Rumored by comic fans to be playing Ulysses Klaw?
  • MUCH MUCH MORE

Sorry, guys. I started getting sucked into all the great information out here about this teaser trailer, all courtesy of the wonderful Marvel comics universe fans out there.

Are you excited for this movie?
Were you excited when you saw this teaser trailer?
How many times did you watch it???
I watched it no fewer than 10 times. No fewer than 3 times in a row.

Yulia Lipnitskaia’s Long Program

(ACK I forgot to post last night, zomg, one weekend that I miss my BEDA goals and I’m patchy for the rest of the month??)

Easily, my favorite winter Olympic sport is figure skating.

Why am I talking about the winter Olympics months after they ended? I don’t know. BUT I do know that yesterday, I found some comfort in re-watching Yulia Lipnitskaia’s long program routine. Set to the theme from Schindler’s List, it’s one of the most spectacular figure skating routines I’ve ever seen. She’s a very mature skater, considering she’s only 15 years old. (!!!) You can see it in her face. I liked her far better than Olympic gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova because I really did feel that Yulia was more mature and more skilled as a skater, although Adelina was more athletic. (I don’t want to talk about how disappointed I am that Yuna Kim didn’t get gold. I’m supposed to move past that.)

This scoring is gorgeous, and I believe she picked it herself.  The outfit also evokes imagery from the film. I’m particularly impressed with Yulia’s spins, which she has become well-known for and for good reason.

She’s a great skater, and she was a favorite for gold for Sochi. It was unfortunate that she, along with many of the skaters this year, stumbled and fell during her long program. But she made it count here, at the European Figure Skating Championship.