Spotted! Part 1: The Avengers: Age of Ultron


Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Rated NR - This Film Currently Has No Rating

Genre/s: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Adaptation, Superhero, Science Fiction

This film is to be released on May 1 , 2015 (US Release Date, Available for Worldwide Viewing)

 Writer and Director: Joss Whedon

 Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Andy Serkis, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany and Samuel L. Jackson

Avengers disassemble? It looks like it. Welcome back to Dateline Movies, and a blessed new year to everyday. This year is abundant with exciting and thrilling films to watch. Trailers promoting these films are now live online or in television. One of these films is what made every comic fanboy going wild. Ladies and gentlemen, here are the trailers for Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as the first part of our Spotted! posts.

What we saw in the trailers?

Genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin) reassembles the Avengers, composing of SHIELD agents Captain America, played by Chris Evans (TMNT), Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, (Her), Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy), and the almighty Thunder-God Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, (Red Dawn), with a little help from War Machine played by Don Cheadle (House of Lies) and the Incredible Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo (13 Going on 30) in order to shut down Ultron, played by James Spader (The Blacklist) whose goal is to exterminate all life on Earth for peace.

Along the way, they encounter new characters such as the twins Quicksilver, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and the Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen (both appeared in the new Godzilla), who have a mysterious background to reveal, Ulysses Klaw, played by the very talented Andy Serkis, (Dawn of The Planet of The Apes), who is on the hunt for something very rare and very valuable, and the Vision, played by Paul Bettany (Priest), an enigmatic and mystifying AI.

Spotted!: Hidden Surprises and Trivia (Spoiler Alert!)

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1. I, Vision: Now, for the highlights of this post, there are hidden surprises and trivia from the trailers. One character, who has not been seen in any of the trailers, is quite an interesting piece to start with. As seen on the puzzle poster above, there is an unknown figure with a yellow cape on the top-left corner. Fans can immediately conclude that this is the super android Vision. The Vision, as been confirmed, will be played by Paul Bettany, the same actor portraying Iron Man's AI, JARVIS. Does this mean JARVIS will be an Avenger?

If so, this might be an exclusive take on this hero. In the comics, the Vision was built by Ultron, who would probably do the same here, in order to take down the Avengers and his creator in the comics, Hank Pym (who would appear in the upcoming Ant-Man film, played by Michael Douglas). However, in this movie, Iron Man will build Ultron, instead of Pym (or designs it based on Pym's ideas). He later turned against Ultron and became an Avenger. It is possible that JARVIS may have hacked into the Vision and used it for the advantage of the Avengers. There were several teasers showing what the Vision will look like. We hope to see him in action very soon. Here is one of those concept arts.

Recently, Marvel released their final trailer, and we get to see The Vision's face, looking exactly like the one in the image.

For more information about the Vision, click here.

2. The Masters of Evil: In one particular scene, Ultron was seen beside both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, among the ruins of a possible HYDRA laboratory. This might mean that both siblings were liberated by Ultron during his attack on the world. As a result, both would join forces at first with Ultron, alongside Ulysses Klaw (more on him later) and the Vision, who is probably still bad at this time. Thankfully they turned a new leaf, as we see later on, they took the fight to their previous master. This means that Ultron may be looking for some help with his army-building.

In the comics, Ultron formed a somewhat similar team called "The Masters of Evil" under his Crimson Cowl persona. This particular version featured unknown villains, with the exception of Ulysses Klaw. Ultron is not, however, the first leader of the Masters of Evil with Baron Zemo (who might be played by Daniel Bruhl in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War) as its founder.

For more information about the Masters of Evil, click here and for Baron Zemo, click here.

3. "This Time For Africa": In forms of "blink and you'll miss" shots, we see Andy Serkis sweating with a beard and a hunter's outfit. As confirmed by both Andy Serkis and fans alike, he will be playing Ulysses Klaw. Klaw is often associated as a villain for both Black Panther (who was confirmed to be played by Chadwick Boseman in Captain America: Civil War and his own movie) and the Fantastic Four.

In the comics, he was a scientist hellbent on obtaining the rare Vibranium, the same metal that made-up Captain America's shield. This metal can only be found exclusively on Wakanda, a fictional Marvel Universe country in Africa. Speaking of Wakanda, there was a scene featuring a Quinjet, one of the Avengers' means of transports, landing in a seemingly familiar area. As seen in the image below, it looks as if Black Panther might drop by to lend a hand or Ultron might grab some items to continue his conquest. Notice the near similarities of each location.

In addition, an African woman was seen in a pool, that strikingly look the same to where Thor burst out shouting. This pool and the woman are unknown based on my knowledge, but this might be an important part to note. Look at the picture below if you can find out.

For more information about the Black Panther click here, for his home country, click here and for the metal, click here.

4. Hulk SMASHED!: Normally, tick-off the Hulk and he'll destroy you. However, in this case, the Hulk's eyes are beaming red. In the iconic Hulkbuster VS. Hulk battle, we get a slight close-up of the Green Goliath's face. It seems that there may be someone or something controlling the Hulk in order for him to go on a wild rampage to kill the rest of the Avengers. This theory is supported by the item in the picture below.

Does it look familiar? If you're saying, "That's Loki's Scepter from the first Avengers movie", then yes, it is. As seen in the mid-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, HYDRA was able to obtain the said object, including the link with Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver's origins. These hints us of the possibility of Ultron retrieving it, with the twins, from HYDRA. In addition, this foreshadows Loki's appearance (which was confirmed) in this movie, which will be reprised by Tom Hiddleston, alongside Heimdall, played by Idris Elba (Thor and Thor: The Dark World) and Baron Von Strucker, played by Thomas Kretschmann.

For more information about Loki's scepter, click here and for Heimdall, click here.

5. Spy VS. Spy: Black Widow is one of the most mysterious people in the Marvel Universe. So far, not much was heard or seen about Black Widow's past before becoming an agent of SHIELD, except for some hints suggesting she was a former KGB agent who turned a new leaf. A few other bits of her history were heard from Loki and the Black Widow's talk in the Avengers, when he was incarcerated in the Hellicarrier.

The ballerinas in the picture were usually thought as a misleading clue to nowhere. However, a few suggest that this scene highlights the Black Widow's origins. We might be seeing a few Agent Carter mini-series connections here, since the picture is somewhat referencing to the episode, "The Iron Ceiling". This episode shows Agent Carter, played by Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger), and the Howling Commandos investigating a signal from a school in Russia. She soon discovers it was an academy of assassins, with a possible link with the show's primary antagonists, the Leviathan. Whether or not the Black Widow once studied here is really unknown, but it clearly suggests that she did. Agent Carter's cameo in this film is proof enough that this is true.

For more information about the show, click here, for the series' protagonist, click here and for the organization, click here.

6. A Patriotic Death: In a surprising scene, we see Captain America's shield broken in half, right where Thor is lying down. Does this mean Captain America will die? Or Thor? But then again, nobody dies forever because its a Marvel flick. If one of them dies, it proves that Ultron is indeed a force to be reckoned with. Also in this possibility, if Captain America falls, someone might continue his legacy. It could either be Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie or not likely but possibly, the Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan (both appeared in The Winter Soldier movie). Either way, each one of them may live on to fight for the rights of superheroes in Captain America: Civil War (more on that later). For Thor, its possible that he might die and be reincarnated into of female version of him. Weird, yes, very weird but rumors are pointing to it likely.

7. This Means War: For our last hidden surprise, we discuss the most exciting hint so far. From the poster above hinting of Captain America and Iron Man's upcoming battle, to Thor lifting Iron Man from the neck and Cap's broken shield, it is clear that Civil War is coming. For fans everywhere, Civil War is one of the greatest story arcs of all time, which tells that all superheroes must surrender their identities to the public or be arrested and treated as a common ordinary criminal. As previously mentioned, Chadwick Boseman will join as the Black Panther, as well as a possible Daniel Bruhl role and the return of the Amazing Spider-Man. People predicted that due to Iron Man's suffering from guilt trips experienced after watching Ultron burn the world, he might end up outlawing other heroes, forcing him to possibly disband the Avengers. Captain America, on the other hand, fears for the safety of other heroes' close friends, and thus attempting to stop the passing of the law.

Many have their own predictions of what Marvel has to offer, but here's my prediction based on what we've heard so far and to close this post. These are mainly guesses and Captain America: Civil War might use some of these elements. So be warned!

After Ultron's devastating attack, the Invincible Iron Man partakes and joins in the ranks of promoting and enforcing the so-called new government-mandated law, the "Superhuman Registration Act", a law which strictly observes and enforces the surrender of all super-humans' alter egos. A new SHIELD organization, which will be headed by Agent Phil Coulson, assists and gave their full support in Iron Man's campaign. And together with T'Challa, who is known as the hero Black Panther, volunteers to co-fund the project, as well as aiding in developing the Wakandan armory.

The First Avenger Captain America, who was still in shock due to Iron Man's final decision, decides to form and create a new collaboration of superheroes named the "Secret Avengers". This version of the Avengers operates underground and mostly comprises of "street heroes". Captain America recruits the help of the mystic Scarlet Witch and his brother Quicksilver, Scott Lang (now Goliath), the Incredible Hulk, Falcon, Hawkeye and the Winter Soldier.

Iron Man immediately activates the New Avengers Initiative upon learning of Captain America's undertaking. His so-called "New Avengers" includes the Black Widow, the Iron Patriot, the Vision, Black Panther, Skye (now Quake), Mighty Thor, Hank Pym (as Ant-Man) and the Iron-Spider (was Spider-Man), who later on defected to the Secret Avengers.

Iron Man, Shield Agent Coulson and Nick Fury have made a contingency plan if ever the the New Avengers would fail at their mission. Ultimately known as the "Thunderbolts Initiative", it includes recruiting villains to track down other heroes worldwide. This task-force is lead by Baron Zemo, a retired HYDRA officer. Joining Zemo in this task is the Abomination, Justin Hammer (now the Crimson Dynamo), Samuel Sterns (now the Leader), Brock Rumlow (now Crossbones), and Yellowjacket.

Possible cameo appearances by noteworthy Marvel characters include Maria Hill, Peggy Carter, Pepper Potts, "Thunderbolt" Ross, Hope Van Dyne, Jane Foster, President Ellis and of course, our man, Stan Lee.

Possible mentions include Betty Ross, Doctor Strange, Baron Von Strucker, Loki, Happy Hogan, Howard Stark, Erik Selvig, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Coulson's Team and the Inhumans.


  1. The success of the first film is kind of like the success of the Avengers themselves in the first film. Once the players and characters find that kind of success, it just gets harder and harder to keep them interesting.

  2. I find that quite true, Thomas. After the first Avengers, the films that follow it become more and more cliched. Hopefully the next Marvel films like Ant-Man or Captain America: Civil War can break some barriers.