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The Unanswered Questions of Age of Ultron, Part 1

Bob "MovieBob" Chipman | 16 Jan 2015 16:00
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With only a few more months until Avengers: Age of Ultron his theaters, there's still a lot we don't know.

Avengers: Age of Ultron has now had a teaser and two full trailers, both of which are full of easter eggs for fans but in terms of story have offered only the broadest details: Tony Stark (maybe?) builds some robots to help The Avengers. One of these robots is named Ultron, and he goes bad. Also, two twins with poor fashion sense are around and have magic (?) powers - maybe they're bad guys, maybe not. At some point, Iron Man has to put on a bigger suit of armor to fight The Hulk, which is sad because they're friends. That's pretty-much what we know.

Or is it? Marvel deliberately packs its promotional materials with comics-related details to keep fans generating free ancillary marketing by way of "investigation" meme-sharing, but if you look beyond the cameos and shout-outs I think there's a lot more to be gleaned from these trailers than meets the eye. And since I'm going to be somewhat occupied this weekend, well... among the columns that could be drafted in advance, this was the best option.

So! What are the big things we still don't know about 2015's most-anticipated non-Star Wars blockbuster? Warning for those trying to go into Age of Ultron spoiler-free, spoilers (and speculative spoilers) follow.

WHAT ARE THE AVENGERS, POST-S.H.I.E.L.D.?
The Avengers declared themselves independent of S.H.I.E.L.D. at the end of Part 1, but the implication was left open that Nick Fury thought he could re-assemble them if necessary. But post-Winter Soldier? Officially, there is no S.H.I.E.L.D. anymore and most S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (which would include Hawkeye and Black Widow) are laying low what with the public now turned against The Agency.

So who's running the show? From the looks of things, the team has been re-assembled (and busy) for a while, using Stark's new Avengers Tower as a base, when this sequel kicks off. So we know where the money and tech are coming from (and it's safe to assume Captain America is the nominal leader/field-commander because... well, he's Captain America), but are they accountable to anyone? By what legal sanction are they bopping around the globe fighting evil, exactly? Sure, it'd be kind of hard for any government to "boss around" a team that includes a literal god in its membership, but still...

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