Yesterday, two things nearly broke the Internet: our George R.R. Martin/Taylor Swift mash-up and the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. Although we had a blast making the former, we obsessively watched and rewatched the latter, analyzing each frame for clues as to what we can expect from one of our most anticipated films of the year. The trailer offered us our best look yet at Paul Bettany’s The Vision, hinted at a budding romance between Black Widow and the Hulk, and taught us a little bit more about Tony Stark’s tortured relationship with Ultron. Most of all, we saw the Avengers looking seriously badass while fighting countless miniature versions of Ultron.
Seriously, how awesome is that shot? Gushing aside, the most exciting part of the trailer might be what it portends for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As we mentioned yesterday, the trailer contained an Easter egg that hints at Ultron’s comic book origins as the Crimson Cowl. Taken by itself, it’s just a cool piece of comic book trivia. However, when contextualized with what else we see in the trailer and what our sources have told us, it may foretell something that could unite the villains we’ve seen across the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a form that has yet to be seen: the Masters of Evil. Join Jessica Chobot to find out how you might see Marvel’s cadre of superpowered criminals on the big screen on today’s episode of Nerdist News.
That’s all for today’s show! Speaking of sentient robots, check out Kyle Hill breaking down how consciousness works in Chappie on a new Because Science. Then, let us know your thoughts on whether the Masters of Evil could work in the MCU in the comments below.