Comic-Con 2014: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Footage Descriptions From Marvel Studios' Panel

During Marvel Studios' 2014 Comic-Con panel, they played footage for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The following is a collection of some of the descriptions of the Avengers footage. wrote:

Age Of Ultron trailer opens with a party scene at Avengers tower. The Avengers are trying to lift Thor's hammer Mjolnir. Tony Stark is the first to try, but he can't do it, even using his Iron Man hand. Rhodey tries to help, but he fails as well. Hawkeye and Bruce Banner both try and meet the same failure. Steve Rogers seems to move it just a little bit, but not much. 
Thor says, "You're all not worthy." 
A noise catches their attention. Then, there's a first look at Ultron, who says, "There's only one path to peace. Your extinction." 
There's a montage of various scenes, different places, explosions. Bruce Banner is in the woods. Tanks are fighting in the snow. 
Tony Stark says, "It's the end. The end of the path I started us on." 
Scarlet Witch says, "Nothing lasts forever." 
Tony Stark is in the Hulkbuster armor, which he is using to fight the Hulk. 
A fully-formed Ultron says, "Look no string on me." 
Tony Stark is in what looks like a wasteland with all the Avengers lying, battered and beaten before him, even Captain America's shield is broken.

We start on a city scape and the whole team is assembled in Avengers tower. They’re all hanging out. Drinking beer, joking, and Hawkeye tells Thor the whole no-one-can-grab-the hammer thing is “a circus side show.” He disagrees and Stark tries to pick it up. “If I lift it do I get to rule Asgard?” he asks. Yes, Thor says. He fails on a first attempt. “I’ll be right back.” He puts on the Iron Man glove. No dice. He and Rhodie [sic] try, both in their Iron Man gloves. Nope. Hawkeye fails. Banner tries and really exerts himself. Everyone gives him a look. Next up is Cap and he budges it which really gets Thor worried. However, having all failed Thor says he has a simple theory “You’re all not worthy.” Just then a huge screeching sound. “You’re all not worthy.” Enter a brutally broken, almost zombie like metal being. It’s Ultron. “How could you be worthy? You are all killers. You want to protect the world but you don’t want it to change. There’s only one path to peace… your extinction.” Just then a bunch of other robots fly in and we get the Marvel Studios logo. 
Ultron continues in voice over with a bunch of other images. “I had a vision … the whole world screaming for mercy.” People running away, escaping. “Everyone tangled in strings.” Banner all sickly looking on a place. “Strinnnngs.” Massive battle scenes, Hawkeye and others helping people evacuate. Banner in the snow, then a random hospital, Scarlet Witch on a bus, Thor smashing a tank. Then Tony Stark “It’s the end,” he says. “The end of the path I started us on.” Widow adds, “Nothing lasts forever.” We then see a screaming Hulk and the massive Hulk Buster armor. Black Widow on the Harley Davidson, Quicksilver running around, Andy Serkis as a human (!?!), more explosions, Iron Man flying by what looks like a prison and shooting some soldiers. Hulk throws a car at the Hulkbuster and then punches him through it. A quick shot of Widow and Hulk almost touching hands. 
The whole time, a song has been playing about strings. It’s very eerie and morbid. Finally, we get a fully realized, metallic, 8-foot Ultron. Referencing his statement “There are no strings on me” as his clenching fist turns into the circle around the “A” of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The title card. 
Then, after that, we see Cap’s shild [sic] broken, Tony Stark looking down at it, the camera pulls back and we literally see every member of the team laying on the ground in tatters on what may or not be Thanos’ tomb. They look dead.

The trailer began with the familiar heroes (including War Machine) dressed in casual all hanging out at Avengers Tower and attempting to lift Thor’s hammer… without much success. Only Captain America is able to move it (slightly) and Thor’s concerned facial expression is priceless until he smiles when Rogers gives up. The exercise is interrupted by the appearance of Ultron, in a broken down, almost skeletal form with silver armor plating haphazardly forming his upper hunched torso. He proclaims, “There’s only one path to peace: your extinction.” The heroes all stand up facing him and Thor picks up his hammer. 
This opening was followed by a montage of action shots of selected quotes from the movie, including Tony Stark saying that what happens in the movie is “the end of the path I started us on.” The trailer then offered a first look at the movie’s version of the Hulkbuster armor in action in multiple scenes, and Ultron delivered the excellent line “There are no strings on me.” The trailer concluded with Tony standing in a wasteland with the rest of the Avengers lying on the ground looking a lot worse for wear. Captain America’s shield was broken in half. They were seemingly dead. Perhaps the aftermath of that Comic-Con exclusive poster?

The footage that screened was pretty great in that Marvel way, but also interesting tonally in that started out light and fun and got darker as the reel went on. It opened with the Avengers (and War Machine himself, Rhodey) all hanging out in Stark Tower, dressed up and enjoying a few drinks. We’d heard reports of this scene previously, but seeing it in action was something else entirely. The ease and fun of this group, which has clearly become a tightknit family since the first film, is obvious. But that doesn’t mean that they’re not going to give each other a hard time, as each one takes a turn at trying to pick up Thor’s hammer. Tony Stark and Rhodey use their gauntlets to no avail, Bruce Banner practically hulks out but has no luck, but Cap… well, did the hammer just move a tad when he pulled on it? The look on Thor’s face for a moment says yes! 
But the fun is disrupted by a very creepy moment as a broken-up robot suddenly enters the scene. Barely able to stand, almost hanging in mid-air like a marionette, it tells the team that they are all killers. We see that it is one of Stark’s Iron Legion… but one clearly gone wrong. All of a sudden more ’bots crash into the tower and attack. 
From there we get quick glimpses of action from the film. Cap in uniform is bursting through the doors of some kind of compound… possibly Baron Von Strucker’s headquarters, where we saw Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch imprisoned at the end of The Winter Soldier? And we see those two in action too briefly, with Quicksilver running at superspeed and leaving a bluish trail in his wake while the Witch did that wavy-handed thing she does so well. Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor faced off against the Hulk, as we’ve seen in concept art already, though why the two are fighting isn’t clear. We do see Banner huddling in a blanket at one point and apparently having some kind of inner turmoil… and we also get a quick shot of Black Widow lifting her hand up to the Hulk’s, which seems to imply that only she can sooth the savage beast. Which actually ties in nicely to the first film. We also hear a reference in Ultron’s voiceover to a “vision,” though we didn’t actually see the character in action. And we got a glimpse of Andy Serkis himself… as a human character and not in a performance-capture role. 
It all culminates in an apocalyptic moment with a stricken Stark finding Captain America’s shield… which is broken! And as the camera pulls back, we see an array of bodies -- Cap’s, Thor’s, the Avengers'? Is it a dream or something more? Whatever it is, it seems clear that the film is going taking the characters to a darker place. The last thing we see is Ultron in a new, shinier body. It’s on!

Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently filming in the U.K. and is set to release in theaters on May 1, 2015.