It's not May yet, but we've already got yet another glimpse of the new "Avengers" sequel.

This time, we’ve got a few jokes to obsess over in between the comic book violence. Aren’t superhero movies meant to be endlessly dark, gritty and serious?

“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” in theaters May 1, feels very much like an extension of the first mega-hit, according to the three trailers assembled for our dissection.

The third trailer¬†showcases James Spader’s Ultron as well as a few quips that would fit in with an ’80s action fest.


It’s easy, and wise, to celebrate Christopher Nolan for crafting three brooding, and impressive, Batman features. But “Avengers” auteur Joss Whedon arguably translates the comic book experience better than any artist alive.

His films feel like you’re leafing through a comic book. The explosions are all there, of course, but so is the witty banter and larger than life personas. Whedon isn’t obsessed with reality. It’s a comic book movie, for crying out loud.

He even frames the action like those comic panels have popped off the page. Director Ang Lee tried a literal take on that approach. The result? The tonally inconsistent “Hulk” from 2003. Whedon’s movies capture the fizzy spirit of those panels without apology. And none is required.

Comic book devotees will be rubbing their hands together over our first glimpse of the Vision, the robot played by Paul Bettany in the film.

That’s all well and good. The better news is that these Avengers, be they new or old, don’t take the task of saving the world too seriously.

DID YOU KNOW: Paul Bettany isn’t new to the Marvel film universe. He supplied the voice of Jarvis, Tony Stark’s robotic butler service, in the “Iron Man” franchise.