Avengers Age of Ultron is in cinemas now and it's a spectacular slice of superhero action from writer/director Joss Whedon featuring great actors, top set pieces and a supercharged finale.
There's a lot going on in this 141 minute blockbuster, including plenty of easter eggs for future entries in the Marvel cinematic universe but one random element really stood out for us and that was an Irish accent which turns up in the final act. The spoiler-free version is that Tony's Stark's Iron Man picks up a new suit towards the end of the picture and it has a different voice for reasons which you'll have to see the film to find out.And that voice is female and, for no real reason, totally Irish.
We say Irish but its really more 'Oirish' with those rounded vowels which chafe the ears of anyone who is actually from our island nation. Whedon has shown in the past that he has a good handle on everything British, including some memorable uses of slang in the Buffy TV show which helped him get past TV censoring, but it doesn't seem like it extends to the treatment of Irish folks. There's no explanation in the film for why this accent is chosen and for a lot of the time there's so much happening that it's easy to ignore but the odd lulls in fighting led to very obvious titters from our audience.
We can't find any mention of a voice artist for the role but it's pretty clear the lady in question is not actually Irish. As for why - maybe Whedon just wanted to distinguish the voice from the rest of the chatter in the large scale finale or there might be some kind of precedent in the multi-generational sprawl of the comics. Or it could just be there for a laugh, in which case, mission accomplished!
In any case, it's definitely something to listen out for if you plan on heading along to the film. And you should, because its really a lot of fun.
Check out our spoiler-free review of Age of Ultron here.
Read about the mid-credit scene here.