A new trailer for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” debuted last night, during the college football national championship game. If you missed it, it’s embedded below.
As you watch it, pay extra attention around the 30 second mark; why? Because there’s a quick shot of a mystery character disrobing (screen capture above), who, by the way, looks like a black woman.
I’m no comic book aficionado, and certainly not an expert on the Marvel universe, so I’ll have to rely on those of you who are, to answer the question posed in the title of this post: who is this mystery woman?
Needless to say, it’s got fanboys and girls across the web, speculating on what the trailer doesn’t show, and/or hints at!
One key *find* that Marvel universe pros have previously highlighted is that, the much-anticipated big screen introduction of the superhero we all know as Black Panther, just might happen in “Age of Ultron.”
More after the below image…
Why? Well, as those in-the-know shared, based on this new trailer (and the first one), it looks like Andy Serkis’ role (which has long been kept a secret) is revealed. Specifically, Serkis just might be playing Ulysses Klaw. The image just above is a frame from the trailer, which shows Serkis looking very much like the animated version of Ulysses Klaw, right next to him in the diptych. The connection here is that, assuming Serkis is indeed Ulysses Klaw, it could then mean that Black Panther might be introduced in the movie as well (possibly in the end credits), because, Klaw is Black Panther’s arch-enemy!
Also, as one super sleuth pointed out to me, Ultron is made out of, and is on the hunt for, a super-duper metal called Vibranium (maybe for an upgrade), which is the indestructible alloy that Captain America’s shield is also made out of. And as fans would already know well, Vibranium, in the Marvel universe, can only be found in one place: Wakanda, the home of Black Panther. So, again, assuming all of this holds, “Age of Ultron” may serve as a backdoor intro to Black Panther.
We already know that a Black Panther movie is in development at Marvel Studios, with a 2017 release date planned. Maybe “Age of Ultron” will offer us our first tease.
What does all this have to do with the mystery woman in the image at the top of this post? Well, as we can see, she’s inside some kind of cave, or mine. Captain Obvious wonders whether this could be somewhere in Wakanda – Black Panther’s home – where Vibranium is found. And if so, who might this woman be? The trailer offers no explanation – at least, none that I’m certain about. She could just be a distraction – a peripheral character, with no real influence on the overall narrative. But why include her in the trailer?
Ok Marvel experts, chime in…
Watch the new trailer below (again, she comes in at around the 30 second mark):