I have a secret fascination with boilerplate language. I wonder how many people actually read through an entire press release, top-to-bottom (I tend to give up after the third sentence, less for something I’m not really into). It takes somebody a lot of effort to craft an entire press release, complete with all the tropes like a few too many hyperboles and adjectives, name drops of actors (and sometimes their most popular movie roles!), and some chest-puffing for the companies behind whatever the press release is about.
It’s a remarkably standard affair, and it usually doesn’t say much of anything we don’t all already know. In that way, it’s similar to this post, which is me writing about the fact that the Avengers: Age of Ultron press release and official synopsis, predictably, does not offer us any new information.
I mean, it kind of does, in a roundabout way, if you can muscle through to the end of the second paragraph. There’ you will find confirmation that The Vision most assuredly IS the physical embodiment of JARVIS, and that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch may not have code names in this movie (or universe, if this is a Fox legal thing).
So that’s the Avengers non-news for the day. Having now read the movie’s synopsis, I’ll probably still go see it.
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.