UPDATED: That Mystery Woman from the Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailers Was Cut from the Movie
UPDATED 4/13/15: Usually, Marvel can do no wrong when it comes to marketing, but they might have just made a slight faux-pas, as a scene from one of the trailers for Avengers: Age of Ultron that had the entire internet buzzing won't even appear in the movie.
Sort of a spoiler for Avengers: Age of Ultron? More of an anti-spoiler.
In the above trailer, most of the players are well accounted for, either from the first Avengers film or the marketing materials for Avengers: Age of Ultron. But there was one enigmatic character that no one recognized, but everyone had a theory about:
This mysterious woman set the internet alight with conspiracy theories. Many people, including us speculated that she might be one of the Black Panther's elite bodyguards, known as the Dora Milaje. Not only would this have been exciting for the Black Panther connection, but it would also have lent credence to the rumor that Andy Serkis would play the Black Panther villain Ulysses Klaw.
But now that the reactions to the first screenings of Avengers: Age of Ultron are out in the webosphere, it turns out that not only was this scene cut, the woman's not in the film at all. It's not the end of the world, but it is strange, and it didn't escape the critics' notice.
To me, the fact that she was important enough to put in the trailer but not important enough to keep in an overcrowded film actually supports the idea that she has some kind of larger significance to the MCU. The only reason to have a potentially important character cameo is to foreshadow future exploits and give crazy fans a fun Easter egg.
In an interview with Cinema Blend, Marvel president Kevin Feige revealed the true identity of the mystery woman, and it's a hefty dose of disappointment. She's not a Marvel comics character, or even a cut character from the film, she's just part of a dream sequence.
"That was just interesting imagery as part of a dream sequence… It was part of when Thor was looking around at the oddity and the strangeness happening and it was just an image marketing grabbed."
Yeah, I guess a nameless woman sort of taking her clothes off is always interesting imagery. Whatever.
To his credit, when asked whether the studio was purposely messing with fans' minds by including that image, Feige said, "Sometimes, not in that case. In that case it was just an arresting image which seemed interesting and when marketing presented it to us, we said, 'Oh yeah, cool! This is great! Amazing, great work.' And then it started to go out and I thought, 'People are going to read into all this stuff.'"
Well, lesson learned, Kevin Feige. Don't include anything in your Marvel trailers without expecting rabid fans to dissect every last frame.
Avengers: Age of Ultron- minus mysterious trailer woman- comes out on May 1.
Via Business Insider.