You can’t turn around without walking into a poster or trailer for a superhero film these days. As we delve further and further into the Marvel Cinematic Universe the stories, trailers and rumours get more and more intense. This year has seen the introduction of Ant-Man into the MCU as well as the latest installment, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The latest installment saw the Avengers - Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) - try and stop the evil and villainous Ultron (James Spader) from enacting his evil plans, after Iron Man and Hulk try and jump start a peacekeeping program that goes awry.
Avengers: Age of Ultron, along with Ant-Man, marked the end of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Two. Phase Three begins with Captain America: Civil War in 2016 and will include Dr. Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Captain Marvel (2019), Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 (2019), and concludes with Inhumans (2019).
Within the Avengers films in particular, there is a lot of action and a multitude of superheroes to keep track of, so it is inevitable that certain mistakes get past the editors in post-production. Avengers: Age of Ultron is no exception, and here we look at 10 of those mistakes that you may have missed when you were too busy listening to Iron Man's quips or watching Black Widow’s back flips.
10 Ad-Hoc Time Scale
During the film, the Avengers go to Hawkeye’s farmhouse for some R and R. Whilst there we see Tony Stark (Iron Man) chopping wood outside the barn. His watch tells us it is 12:20, yet when he goes back into the barn and talks to Fury (Samuel. L Jackson) the time on the watch is 11:20. Time appears to have gone backwards an hour. Does Hawkeye’s barn cross time zones? Or is there a little bit of a mistake going on here? Given that this is a Marvel film, time travel is entirely possible, however in this instance we believe it is a goof.
9 Factually Incorrect Boats
During the film we see a battle between Ultron, the Avengers and Ulysses Klaues' (Andy Serkis) men. The battle takes place at a salvage yard where Ulysses Klaue holds a ship full of stolen Vibranium from Wakanda. The ship is docked at a salvage yard and when audiences see the salvage yard and the vessel, they see it is named ‘Churchill’. Audiences are also shown that the boats' registry port is ‘Great Britain’. This is impossible and inaccurate, as Great Britain as a whole is not a registry port. The correct way would be to use a city like London or Liverpool rather than the country.
8 Health and Safety
Towards the end of the film, the gang takes on Ultron. We see an epic fight scene between Captain America and Ultron taking place inside a truck. The fight eventually ends up taking place inside a bus however when Captain America is fighting Ultron inside the truck, very briefly you get a glimpse of a safety cable holding actor Chris Evans as he hangs outside of the cab of the truck. This does detract slightly from the illusion of the ultimate soldier that he is supposed to be. Surely Captain America would not need such things, especially if he has his trusty shield?
7 Self-Cleaning Shields
Any Marvel fan will know that Captain America’s shield is the stuff of legend. It is his trusty sidekick and pretty much the only weapon he needs. But did you know it has another, much more domestic ability? When Captain America is part of the big chase scene in South Korea’s capital, Seoul, his infamous shield starts out grubby and scratched, yet by the end of the scene these marks are no longer visible. Captain America appears to have a self-cleaning shield. It must be a huge time saver for him in terms of the energy expelled buffing in between battles.
6 Solid Hair
When Captain America and Ultron are battling on/in the truck, Black Widow is seen rather impressively riding a motorbike through the city to deliver Captain America his shield. For the eagle eyed, it is, however, quite obvious that the riding is actually being done by a stunt double. This is evident as when we see the bike from the front with Scarlett Johansson at the wheel her hair stays relatively still. If she were riding the bike herself her hair would look like Bridget Jones after her car ride in the country. In fact when you see the bike being ridden from a distance you can see her hair being blown about wildly.
5 The Space in Between Us
Avengers: Age of Ultron is the first time we see the heroes Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When Ultron first introduces himself to the twins Pietro (Quicksilver, a bit like a silver version of The Flash) and Wanda (The Scarlet Witch) they initially stand close together, yet when Ultron goes to walk towards the twins’ seconds later they are standing feet apart. Whilst this may be believable for Quicksilver and his epic speed skills, there would be little point other than to confuse Ultron. We think it is probably more of a goof than an attempt to mess with Ultron’s head.
4 Wardrobe Malfunctions
As with any Avengers, or indeed any superhero movie (2015’s Fantastic Four notwithstanding), Age of Ultron ends on a huge battle scene. The Avengers take on Ultron and his huge army in a city centre battle that will end up being a nightmare for state officials to recover from. The damage alone is going to take months to rebuild, not to mention the mountains of paperwork. During these scenes, audiences that watch carefully will see that Hawkeye's coat is on and off between shots. Continuity seems to have taken a back seat to destructive action.
3 Mysterious Drinks
One of the most mirth inducing scenes in the film is where each of the Avengers has a go at lifting Thor’s hammer. The famous hammer that only Thor is able to lift. The gang is having a few drinks and it’s all happy and fun. First Tony Stark gives it a bash, then uses his Iron Man hand to try. No joy. Captain America tries to use his immense soldier strength to no avail. During this scene Thor picks up his drink in his hand, yet in the next shot the drink is on the table, without him having put it down. Intriguing.
2 Poor Aquatic Knowledge
When Ulysses Klaue is confronted by Pietro (Quicksilver) and Wanda (Scarlet Witch), he states that he is afraid of Cuttlefish and describes them as "Deep sea fish. They make lights, disco lights to hypnotize their prey." This is incorrect and anybody who has seen Finding Nemo knows that this is in fact the deeply terrifying Angler Fish that chases Dory and Marlin in the deep dark sea. The cuttlefish has no such lights and unlike the Angler Fish that dwells in the dark depths of the Ocean, the cuttlefish tends to stick to shallow waters. It makes you wonder why Ulysses Klaue would be afraid of it.
1 Inappropriate Reflections
In the scene where we are at Hawkeye’s farmhouse and he is talking to his wife, there is a peculiar reflection in one of the pictures. When Hawkeye is talking to Laura in the bedroom of their farmhouse, Laura’s reflection can be seen in a picture on the wall. However, the angle at which Laura is standing would make it impossible for her reflection to be shown in that picture, suggesting that the picture was edited to hide the reflection of crew or equipment. Or is it in fact a bend in reality? Is it a little hint at what is to come in the future of the MCU? No. No, it is a mistake.