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'Avengers: Age of Ultron': What you want to know – and what you DON'T

What to expect from the latest Marvel Studios team-up adventure, and a spoiler-free guide to what should stay secret

A movie like Avengers: Age of Ultron leaves a long meteoric trail of rumors and speculation, and now that the finished version of Joss Whedon’s superpowered sequel has begun to screen EW can tell you some of the things you want to know.

But, BUT … we’re also going to indicate which topics you truly don’t want to have spoiled, so you’ll know when to plug your ears and close your eyes and say “La-la-la-la-la” really loud when those who’ve seen the movie start to say too much.

 

You’ll want to know …

This is an Avengers story, not an It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World-style cameo-palooza of other random superheroes. As Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige already told EW, there is no introduction for Captain Marvel or Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange within these two-hours-and-21-minutes. Although the studio made a deal with Sony to share rights to Spider-Man, we’re not getting a reference to the webslinger in this movie either. The Winter Soldier is referenced, but not seen.

A few important figures from past movies do show up: Anthony Mackie’s Falcon and Don Cheadle’s War Machine among them.  We also see a vision of Idris Elba’s Heimdall, and fans of a certain lady spy from a retro ABC Marvel series won’t be let down either. Those expecting Age of Ultron to be loaded with introductions instead of reunions might be setting themselves up for disappointment.

You DON’T want to know …

The character Linda Cardellini is playing. Her name was revealed as part of the cast list for this Monday’s premiere in Los Angeles, which made fans everywhere wonder who she’ll portray. Whedon and Feige want to keep her a surprise, and they’re absolutely right. The emotional payoff that comes from her reveal is worth the wait. I will say this: she’s no one you’ve ever heard of, not a superhero, not a villain. She’s a person. An important one. And the fact that you don’t know her is part of the reason why.

Julie Delpy’s secret character is less of a spoiler. It’s also very brief. If you’re dying to know, just read the story above while I breath on my fingernails and polish them on my shirt.

You’ll want to know …

Someone dies. Someone important. And unlike other deaths in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this person goes down and stays down. No final-reel resurrection or misdirection. Marvel has cried wolf a bit too often in this department, so while it would be a truly rotten spoiler to reveal which character falls in Age of Ultron, it actually ups the suspense to go in knowing that not everyone will make it out.

You DON’T want to know …

Anything more about The Vision than what you may have already read. We know he’s a synthetic creation. We know he is a “son” of Ultron. And we know at least part of Paul Bettany’s character is crafted from the remains of J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark’s artificial intelligence program (previously voiced by Bettany.) But when The Vision finally appears in the film, he has an important choice to make – and it’s a moment of true uncertainty, for both the viewers and the Avengers. Is he good or evil? That is the question. And it’s better to let the movie answer it.

You’ll want to know …

Remember when the second trailer came out and there was a mysterious woman disrobing beside a pool of water inside a cave? Everyone was trying to guess who she might be – Maybe Shuri, Black Panther’s sister, or a member of his personal bodyguard corps, the Dora Milaje? Maybe Jacosta, the “female” mechanism Ultron created in the comics as his bride? I spun a whole theory that this woman could be one of the Eternals, who provide a mystical alternative to the problem of how to defeat an indestructible consciousness like Ultron.

Forget all that. Here’s the answer: She’s no one. That is, she’s not in the movie.

In fact, Thor’s whole journey to this cave is a bit of a headscratcher, which suggests a subplot that was seriously truncated. Maybe when the Blu-ray comes out, we’ll get our answer to: “Who is the mystery woman?”

You’ll want to know …

There is a Black Panther tease, but no Black Panther. Age of Ultron does reference Wakanda, the fictional African country of the Panther, who will be played by Chadwick Boseman in Captain America: Civil War next May as well as his own stand-alone movie in 2018. Wakanda is a technologically advance country because it is one of the few places on Earth to find Vibranium, the powerful metal used to make Captain America’s shield. As you can imagine, a mechanical monstrosity like Ultron would love a body made out of this substance. That leads him to cross paths with a character known as Black Panther’s most insidious foe, Ulysses Klaue (played by Andy Serkis), who in Age of Ultron is an arms smuggler who has his hands on some of that precious Vibranium. And about those hands …

Fans of the comics know Klaue (later Klaw) is an amputee who attaches a sonic emitter to one wrist as a prosthetic. This weapon allows him to craft objects out of mere sound. We don’t see that device in Age of Ultron, but it’s good to go in expecting a partial origin story for Klaue. Let’s just say he waves bye-bye to one hand with the only one he’s got left, but we won’t say how it happens.

You DON’T want to know …

The secret of Loki’s staff. After it was teased in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as the tool used by HYDRA to enhance the abilities of Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and her brother, Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver, we knew that Asgardian weapon would figure prominently a second time around for the Avengers. It was used in the first movie to wipe the mind of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and countless other slaves Loki needed to bring about the Chitauri invasion of Earth. But there’s something about it we haven’t yet learned and it’s nice to know that familiar objects can still have surprises to reveal.

You’ll want to know …

Hawkeye moves more to the center of the action this time. He got short shrift in the last Avengers film, mostly due to the previously mentioned brainwashing. This time, the sharpshooter serves as the heart of the story, partly because his “powers” don’t guarantee him the same protection some of the others enjoy. He’s not a thunder god, not an enhanced super-soldier, not a giant green monster, or even a billionaire-playboy-philanthropist encased in bulletproof armor. He’s a guy. Making a difference one shot at a time. Hawkeye’s not a superhero. He’s just a hero. And Age of Ultron shows that sometimes that counts even more.

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