In 1995, we were midway through a movie decade that still hadn't quite found its own identity 5 years removed from the 80s, which resulted in more than a few cheesy action movies that took themselves a little too seriously. They prided themselves on patriotism before 9/11 really pushed that point home. And they didn't have the same visual effects prowess that most modern blockbusters do today. They had to rely on good old fashion explosions in real time and non-CGI action. There was no motion capture back in 1995 that would allow an actor like James Spader to create a character like Ultron. So what would Avengers: Age of Ultron have looked like way back then? A new trailer attempts to find that out on what would have been it's 20th Anniversary.
Complete with a Disney logo scrapped from an old VHS tape, Avengers: Age of Ultron is reimagined as the hottest, edgiest, explosion-iest action hit of 1995. This retro remix of the movie's official trailer comes courtesy of Louis Plamondon, also known Sleepy Skunk. All of our heroes are here, ready to fight the good fight, but their latest mission is a little less hi-tech and a lot more gritty.
If released in May 1995, this version of Avengers: Age of Ultron probably would have been a complete flop, only to go onto become a cult classic. The two biggest movies that month were the kid-friendly Casper, one of the few 'comic book' movies released that year, and the action sequel Die Hard: With a Vengeance, which this latest trailer owes more than a little of its flavor too. 1995 wasn't without its superhero movies, though. Batman Forever was the second highest grossing movie of 1995. It was joined by Judge Dredd, which was a commercial bomb. With the only two superhero movies on such opposite sides of the box office spectrum, its hard to call where Avengers 2 might have dropped. At least now we know what it would have looked like. Check it out: