Ultron no strings on meBy now the entire world has seen the teaser trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. There really is only one word to describe it: awesome. The first movie made over $1.5 billion worldwide. It seems fair to say that $2 billion this time around is a distinct possibility. However, if director Joss Whedon delivers the goods — and all signs point to ‘yes’ — then it begs the question: How can he walk away from a climatic Avengers 3?

Over the past few weeks it’s been rumored that Marvel wants Joe and Anthony Russo to sign on for the 3rd and 4th Avengers movies, but it feels as though everything is building to Avengers 3. Only Marvel knows if that is the case, but I can’t help but feel as though walking away before completing an Avengers trilogy would be a bizarre move on Mr. Whedon’s part.

Directing a movie on as big of a scale as The Avengers must be physically and mentally exhausting. The time away from family and the pressure it puts on the director must be unbearable. However, if Mr. Whedon has set the stage for the superhero movie of all superhero movies to be Avengers 3, then passing on the job would be like the quarterback who leads his team down the field at the end of the big game, only to walk off the field on the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Regardless, for those who were too dazzled by the visuals of the teaser trailer to pay attention to the narration, it appears as though Whedon is going Empire Strikes Back-dark with this installment.

Ultron: “I’m going to show you something beautiful — everyone … screaming for mercy. You want to protect the world, but you don’t want it to change. You’re all puppets tangled in strings. String. But now I’m free. There are no strings on me.”

Then there is this exchange between Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff:

Tony Stark: “It’s the end. The end of the path I started us on.”

Natasha Romanoff: “Nothing last forever.”

Meanwhile, an eerie rendition of “I’ve Got No Strings” from Disney’s Pinocchio plays in the background. (The merger between Marvel and Disney continues to pay off in interesting ways.)

Avengers Age of Ultron teaserIt’s hard to see how Marvel can continue to keep this momentum going. The Black Widow is right: “Nothing lasts forever.” Eventually, Marvel will create a movie that implodes under its own weight. Eventually, all waves crash against the shore. Regardless, when that happens it will be hard not acknowledge that it was one wild ride.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

8 comments

    1. It looks awesome. I hadn’t heard that Whedon might not direct Avengers 3. I remember he was initially reluctant to direct the second film, but he obviously changed his mind. I think the Russo Brothers would do a decent job, given how well-done “Winter Soldier” was, but remember when a different director took over the X-Men franchise in 2006… the series went downhill for a few years. I still trust that Marvel can make it work, though.

    2. I think he has a young son or daughter, if I’m not mistaken. He probably just doesn’t like how much time an endeavor like that sucks up. Yes, he’s getting paid millions of dollars, but no matter how much a man is paid he still is going to be miserable if he can’t spend time with his wife and child for six, seven, eight, or nine months.

      I suppose he has the money to fly them to whatever shooting location they’re at, but that’s still not something all families want to deal with. “Hey, want to fly to South Korea for three months?” Wife: “Ummmmm.”

    3. He has two, according to Wikipedia. I can definitely understand wanting to spend more time with your family, especially when your kids are young.

  1. “Directing a movie on as big of a scale as The Avengers must be physically and mentally exhausting.”

    You think that’s big, wait until they make a Silver Surfer movie where the character’s abilities are actually close to the comics. You know how many green screens it’d take to accurately capture the number of Kree, Skrull, and or Shi’ar capital ships, moons, and planets that will wind up destroyed to accurately capture the awesomeness of what would happen if the Surfer went all out against a herald or some cosmic horror like Shuma-Gorath or two? It’d be like the opening scene of Revenge of the Sith with that big battle over coruscant… only with the ships trying to use bazookas to destroy gnats armed with nukes that can accelerate to luminal speeds quickly, turn on dimes, and fire energy blasts.

    In short, the kind of awesomeness that CGI has been intending to capture since before it was born. 😛

  2. Seems as if there’s going to be a Pinnochio allegory between Tony and Ultron… wonder how it will be pulled off, and who the “Blue Fairy” is in the story.

    My family and I rewatched the first movie recently and it seemed a lot worse than I remember it being on the big screen. Something about the plot made everything seem really hollow. Hopefully the worldbuilding and character development done in the last few movies and AoS will rub off on AoU.

    Also, LOLing that now Marvel can’t debut the trailer on AoS and get people to watch it.

    1. My family and I rewatched the first movie recently and it seemed a lot worse than I remember it being on the big screen.

      I think that you’re onto something with that observation. I don’t think ‘The Avengers’ will age quite like, say, The Dark Knight Rises. I’m not sure exactly how fair it is to really compare the two movies, but one the former is definitely more “popcorn” (not that there’s anything wrong with that), and the latter seems to be what can be called “cerebral blockbuster.” Heck, if you compare ‘The Avengers’ to ‘Winter Soldier,’ then I’d say that ‘Winter Soldier’ will come out on top 10 years from now.

      Again, all are great movies. Don’t get me wrong. It’s just that there’s a bit less substance to the first ‘Avengers’ flick, in my opinion.

      Also, LOLing that now Marvel can’t debut the trailer on AoS and get people to watch it.

      I wonder if a bunch of lawyers gave a visit to some guy’s home within hours after the leak. I’m sure Marvel, Disney and ABC bosses were not happy campers.

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