It’s 2015, which according to the Hollywood zodiac, is the year of the Mouse. Disney will be taking our money and our brainwaves as we are overrun by an indefatigable onslaught of franchise powerhouses. By the time we walk out of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, we’ll be asking “why weren’t we subjugated by our digital overlords years ago?”
Somebody at Vulture answered those mewling, organic prayers by imagining what a trailer for Age Of Ultron would look like if it had come out 20 years ago. From the grainy VHS footage (somebody adjust the tracking), to the excitement-building intertitle credits, and the gravelly tones of a narrator who’s here to let you know that The Avengers mean business, this trailer distills the essence of a ’90s trailer. Echoing blockbusters of decades past, it also serves as a chilling reminder that while sometimes movies do live up to the hype of their trailers (nice job, James Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day), sometimes they definitely don’t (looking at you, Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla).