Anticipation for Avengers: Age Of Ultron couldn’t be higher: Marvel’s track record for making fun, exciting movies is unparalleled, and 2012’s initial Avengers adventure was the studio’s defining moment, both creatively and commercially. For the sequel, the entire cast as well as writer/director Joss Whedon returned–this time joined by the voice of James Spader as a robotic antagonist bent on destroying a world that the film’s heroes are tasked with defending.
We knew all of that based on the previous trailer, but what we didn’t know until today–when Marvel released the newest look at the film–is how it all fit together. The rough plot sketches for Age Of Ultron are revealed in the new trailer. Instead of context-free punching and smashing, we get a glimpse of the role new characters like Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver might play in the story; instead of vague monologuing from Spader’s Ultron, we get specific monologuing from Spader’s Ultron. The trailer is still light on spoilers (er, there’s gonna be a lot of fighting), but it offers a sample of the movie’s tone, wit, and gravity. Because what made The Avengers work wasn’t just the chance to watch Captain America and Iron Man fight bad guys–though, sure, that helped–but also way Whedon built the stakes around the heroes’ adventure. There was no reason to doubt those things would be in Age Of Ultron, too–but now, we finally get a chance to see it. That, plus at least one shot of the heroes as a bunch of jackasses standing, suggests that Marvel is set to roll on with Age Of Ultron.