Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hurray! Age of Ultron is almost here...oh wait...

 I am so excited about the new release of Age of Ultron. Then Marvel released these new facts about the film.
...I am less excited now. Let's go ahead and pick these apart, shall we?

1. Hulk got a welcomed upgrade to his wardrobe with the addition of stretchy pants, which he wears underneath his clothes. No more will he be caught in the embarrassing situation of being half-naked in shredded clothing when he Hulks-out—the pants, made of high-tech, microfiber fabric, stretch with him. 
(This is fine. My wife and daughter will be sad about less naked Mark Ruffalo, but what are you going to do?)
2. Thanks to Tony Stark’s engineering skills, Hawkeye received an upgrade to his weaponry. He now has many new arrow tips that serve different purposes. Some of these are explained in the movie and others the audience will just get the joy of seeing deployed on screen. Hawkeye’s quiver has also changed—it is more automated and faster loading, and is capable of holding nine arrows.
(This is also fine. No worries so far.)
3. Hawkeye’s bow also received a makeover, with the classic black color being changed to maroon. Added features to the bow include an infrared-sighting device and a sonic-sighting device.
(Um, okay, purple bow but no mask to cover up the face, got it.)
4. An exciting change was also made to Captain America’s shield. It now has the ability to be called back, much like the Iron Man suits. Instead of having two handles in the back, the shield now has a magnetic element that clips onto Cap’s gauntlet.
(Or he could just, you know, throw it like he has for decades and the damned thing just came back to him! Yeah, now we're having it out, aren't we?)
5. Courtesy of Tony Stark, Black Widow gets to flaunt new fighting batons, which are based on Escrima Sticks. But Black Widow’s two sticks are charged exactly the same as her stingers, so when she jabs, she is not only striking her opponent, but delivering a massive jolt of power as well.
(Is this because Mockingbird is already on Agents of SHIELD? Because it sounds a lot like that's why this happened. MY Black Widow didn't need no damned sticks to fight with!)
6. On this film, production designer Charles Wood and his team built an enormous, new Avengers Tower set that is the largest set ever built for a Marvel film. Much of the movie takes place there on its many different levels. A large expanse of glass opens the view to New York City and one can also see a hangar for the Quinjet. The multiple environments are all connected, with the ability to move from downstairs to upstairs and vice versa.
(Cheaper than going on location I guess.)
7. The Avengers Tower set is designed to serve the story in multiple ways. In the movie, the Tower, designed and built by Tony Stark, is a gathering place for The Avengers—a place to plan, do business, relax or study. There is a lounge area, three laboratory areas plus a machine room, a gym, a relaxation area and a locker room. The Tower was also designed to provide everything Tony Stark needs for his work and research.
(Blah, blah, yeah we get it. Nice digs.)
---8. New characters entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the comic book world are Wanda (Scarlet Witch) and Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver), who have powers that have not yet been seen on screen. Pietro is lightning fast and Wanda possesses the power of telekinesis, and she is able to fire neurons in people’s brains remotely using her powers and as a result can manipulate their minds. 
(Um, so using Scarlet Witch's actual powers that are infinitely cooler she's a telekinetic? What's next? Hank Pym didn;t create Ultron...oh yeahhhhhhh...)
9. Another new character on The Avengers team is Vision, played by Paul Bettany, who previously had voiced Jarvis in the Iron Man films. He’s an artificial life form whose look is truly unique. Vision’s powers are spectacular and he represents a new power base for The Avengers team.
 (Hurray for The Vision!)
10. The Hulkbuster is an iconic piece of Iron Man tech—a prebuilt super-suit designed to take on the Hulk. The Hulkbuster Armor was developed by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, after they studied the Hulk’s physical actions and strength levels in an effort to find a way to contain him and minimize the damage caused by his rages. A satellite in low orbit is always around Banner and at a moment’s notice, Tony Stark can deploy the Hulkbuster armor, get into it and stop the Hulk in his tracks—theoretically. 
(Yeah, we all know how well that's going to turn out. Still sounds pretty cool.)
11. The redesigned Quinjet has a more militaristic look this time around and the pilots are now able to have a good look at the environment around them while flying. The design of the canopy was based on a helicopter cockpit with glass in front and below, which will give audiences a tremendous sense of speed when the Quinjet is flying through city airspace. The interior has been stripped down to a more utilitarian, sleek space as well, with many of the luxurious finishes and padding removed for an edgier look.
(That's fine. The original Quinjet design was always a little wonky anyway.)
12. A unique asset to the production in Seoul was the use drones and remote control cars to put the camera in places that could never be achieved by camera operators or helicopters. The production enlisted the expertise of brothers Menstru Pa, who is the Korean National Champion in drone flying, and Pak Min Keu, who is the Korean National Champion in remote car racing.
(This will be interesting to see if it makes any difference at all. Will he be flying the drones in the huge Avengers hangout they are never leaving? Also, does this take jobs away from traditional cinematographers? If so, it sucks.)

So, the Captain America thing is irritating me a little. The Scarlet Witch is a HUGE problem for me. I wish that the people who make these things realize that the comics have been around for decades and already work pretty well. Arbitrarily changing a major characters powers seems, well wrong to me. I guess we will have to wait and see how it works out in May.

It had better not be stupid. 

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