Today is Saturday, May 2nd. Avengers: Age of Ultron opened here in Syracuse two days ago. I’ve seen the movie twice with another viewing planned for tonight. (The Geek Force is strong in me!) In a wonderful movie filled with lots of moments to make true geeks happy, here are a couple of my favorite. (Minor spoilers ahead!)
Ultron as the Crimson Cowl
Back in 2013 when the title (and main villain) for the Avengers sequel was announced, I wrote a Geek 101 post titled “Hello, My Name is Ultron and I Have Daddy Issues“. Everything you need to know about the big bad Tin Man’s comic book origins and speculation on links to the new movie. In Age of Ultron, comic book geeks got a nod in one of my favorite Easter eggs in the movie.
When Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver first meet Ultron in the church, he is seated with his head and shoulders covered in a red cloak. Great reference to his origin as the comic book Avengers’ foe: the Crimson Cowl.
Here’s the unmask from the 1968 comic The Avengers #54.
And here’s the nod to history in the movie. See the red cloak hanging off his shoulder? (Sorry, this was the best image I could find!)
Cap is Worthy
Cap’s my all-time favorite. Everyone knows I’ve got a bias for the Living Legend. In the teaser trailer released months ago, we see the team and friends hanging out. Many try their luck and proving their worthiness AKA lifting Mjölnir. Thor sits back, relaxed as each try – and fail – to lift his birthright. All, that is, until Cap steps up.
In the comics, the “I lifted Mjölnir” club is pretty exclusive. (I won’t bother boring you with all of the variant-Thor characters in the club. Just know that, in the comics, Cap lifts it and proves the strength of his character.)
In the comics, Thor is man enough to acknowledge Cap’s accomplishment.
From the First Moment to the Last
Go see the movie. It’s great – another home run from Marvel Studios! So until next time, Avengers —
(I’ve gotta admit, that was worth a chuckle as well!)