Avengers: Age of Ultron

Question: Nothing very spoilery! The pool that Thor goes to with Erik Selvig - did I miss something, or was that just not explained much? It seems like he meets Erik, then they both go directly to a mystical lake in a cave that Thor just randomly happens to know about.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: The pool allowed Thor to relive the vision that Scarlett Witch made him see. It's through the vision that he finds out that Loki's staff contained an infinity stone and it would be to dangerous to destroy. He also sees the creation of Vision. He also sees that Asgard is in trouble. Since Selvig is an expert (as much as one can be) in Asgard and Earth he would be the one to help Thor find the pool. Many of the scenes relating to the pool were cut and could appear in the home release.

Question: Why is the Hulkbuster armour called Veronica?

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: This is a fairly US-centric gag. In Archie comics, the titular Archie has two competing love interests: Betty and Veronica. Given the Hulk/Banner's history with Betty Ross being able to calm him down, Tony Stark has named the containment system/Hulkbuster armor "Veronica".

Question: When Scarlet Witch attempts to mind control Hawkeye, he turns it back on her and says something like "Already done the mind control thing...didn't enjoy it the first time." Was this supposed to be an in-joke reference to the fact that Jeremy Renner was publicly bitter about having to spend most of the first film being mind controlled by Loki (which almost got him fired)?

Chosen answer: It's not an in-joke about real life. It's just a direct reference to Loki mind controlling him.

Greg Dwyer

Question: What was Thor's intention when he struck the pod that created Vision, was it to stop the process or to add the final jolt of power needed to complete it?

Gary Stewart

Chosen answer: He was helping to bring The Vision to life. Not destroy him.

Question: Just wondering about something. Thanos sent Loki to Earth to recover the Tesseract, which contained an infinity gem. To do this he gave Loki a sceptre, which also contained an infinity gem. When Loki failed in his mission the sceptre was lost, so Thanos not only didn't get the Tesseract Gem, but also lost the Mind Gem, which he already had? Or did he not know the sceptre contained an infinity gem when he gave it to Loki?

Jay Mallone

Chosen answer: He knew. Most likely he planned to kill Loki after he conquered Earth. This is just speculation. We won't know fully until "Infinity War".

MasterOfAll

Question: Throughout the movie, the people in Sokovia speak English with an accent, and a previous correction claimed that the native language was English. So why are there signs all over the place in Russian?

Answer: Sokovia's official language seems to be Serbian (I've seen Ukrainian also listed), the writing seen is in the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet (some places it's the Latin script), which looks similar to Russian. It's possible that English is also an official or unofficial language, this is usually due to a country being ruled or controlled by the British Empire at some point, but for some reason they choose to require signs to be written in Serbian. However, the English we hear may be more of a filming technique for the audiences' convenience. That is to say, they are speaking a foreign language but we hear English (or whatever language you're watching the film in) rather than hearing a foreign language and then either reading subtitles or not know what was said. You see this often in films, such as a WWII movie where the Germans are speaking English even though everything is written in German. Some films are known to switch between filming styles where sometimes characters speak in English and sometimes they speak in a foreign language. And some films or shows will create a universal translator to explain why we hear everything in English (like in Guardians of the Galaxy where Peter has a translator implant in his neck).

Bishop73

Question: Why did Ultron kill Strucker?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Ultron is doing what he was programmed to do: produce peace on Earth. Strucker opposed that, so Ultron killed him once gaining information about Hydra's base in Sokovia.

Answer: To get the twins on his side.

MasterOfAll

Question: What was Steve talking about when he said Ultron and Wanda and Pietro have something in common? Maria Hill makes it sound like Strucker, but it can't have been since Strucker had nothing to do with creating Ultron.

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: They all resent Tony Stark.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: If Ultron was so advanced to lift a piece of land / island with thrusters, why didn't he build a remote detonator to drop it?

Chosen answer: He wants the Avengers to try and fail to stop him, and he wants to make a big show of his plan to draw their attention because of that.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: Thor discovers the underground tunnel and fights a couple of Ultron Sentries there. As soon as he defeats them, he suddenly throws his hammer upward and leaves. Why?

Bunch

Chosen answer: Thor was back down in the fortress, along with Black Widow and Bruce. He was trying to find what Ultron was building. But, it was located in the city and Thor left once he found out there was nothing there.

lionhead

Question: How is it even possible for Ultron to use Loki's sceptre to mind control the technician woman...considering that the sceptre came from Asgard and Loki is a god, whereas Ultron is a sentinel robot. Is this a goof?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: Loki is only a god by our standards (commanding incomprehensible power, borderline immortal, etc.) The sceptre contains a mind stone that can presumably be controlled by any sentient being, and Ultron is most definitely that.

Question: Why was Captain America unable to hold Thor's hammer? He fought to protect his country. He saved the lives of innocent people and wasn't afraid to back away from any kind of danger so he should have been able to lift it. Ultron said that the reason none of them could lift it is because they were all killers but that's really just speculation.

Chosen answer: He's able to move it just barely, enough to impress Thor. It's an enchantment on the hammer that requires a combination of strength and righteousness. He might not be there yet, but he's on the way. Thus the hammer moves more than anyone else could.

Captain Defenestrator Premium member

Question: Is The Vision worthy of wielding Thor's hammer?

Chosen answer: It is not specifically explained in the film, and at the end Thor believes Vision is worthy, whilst Stark and Rogers debate whether it is because he is an android rather than being "alive" that he can wield it. One possible explanation is that Vision does not have any ill intentions, even saying that he is too naive to even know if he is a monster or not. Because of this he could be said to be "pure" and therefore worthy of using Mjolnir.

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