I really enjoyed Avengers, and thought the writing of Loki, in particular, really added to the film. Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed Avengers, is back doing both for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he writes a good villain. However, this villain being a robot, I went in with lowered expectations.
In regard to the villain, perhaps my low expectations were warranted, as the robot, Ultron (James Spader), doesn’t really have a motive, but I guess being a computer program, he doesn’t really need one. As the viewer, on the other hand, I do.
Otherwise, the film is really enjoyable. All the Avengers are back, including Tony Stark’s Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Bruce Banner’s the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Steve Roger’s Captain America (Chris Evans, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Natasha Romanoff’s Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). I only remember Hawkeye’s first name (Clint, for anyone wondering), but didn’t bother to look it up, because the way Hawkeye always seems so expendable is used for humor throughout the film in a fun way.
As a huge fan of anything written by Whedon, I was not disappointed with Age of Ultron. There was witty dialogue, small setups with big pay-offs, and as much character development as one can reasonably do in this type of film. Some of the background story was cut, a disagreement between Whedon and Marvel that became very public around the release of the film, and it would be interesting to see those scenes, and whether they add to the already two and a half hour film.
For fans of the Marvel universe, it is interesting to see how the films are increasingly tying together, not just in an Avengers film, such as this one, but in all of them. Black Widow showed up in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, many of the sidekicks show up in this film, and for those who following casting, many of the Avengers are also going to be showing up in the third Captain America film, currently titled Captain America: Civil War. Marvel has also just announced that Hulk will be in the third Thor film, currently titled Thor: Ragnorak.
Too much plot would reveal spoilers, so to give a short and vague summary, after getting the stone from Loki’s scepter back from Hydra agents, the Avengers are all celebrating with a party in Stark Tower. However, Tony and Bruce had been working with a computer program called Ultron, trying to create artificial intelligence, which Banner was very hesitant about, and with good reason. During the party, Ultron comes to “life” and attacks the Avengers, saying he is there for peace, but that peace means getting rid of all the Avengers. Ultron then joins up with two twin siblings, the Maximoffs, who want to kill Tony Stark for revenge for their parent’s death.
This being a comic book action movie, a lot goes wrong, and then the good guys all have to band together. Plot-wise, there is nothing terribly unexpected, but I don’t think anyone goes to see a Marvel film for the twist ending. There is a little light twist to the end that has potential in upcoming Marvel films, but I’ll say no more to avoid spoilers. The bottom line is if you enjoy Marvel films, see Avengers: Age of Ultron.
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