Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
After an Avenger raid on a Hydra base in Sokvia, Tony Stark is able to reclaim Loki’s influential scepter and bring it back to headquarters. This is where Tony Stark and Bruce Banner are able to isolate an artificial intelligence known as Ultron and upload him into Tony’s global defense system. However, Ultron backfires on the group by erasing J.A.R.V.I.S and creating a legion of robots hellbent on destroying mankind in order to save the planet.
With this being the 2nd Avenger’s movie (and many others in the Marvel line), the character development and setup is something that is no longer necessary. Avengers: Age of Ulrton is one big giant war between the Avengers and Ultron himself. Ultron is the kind of bad guy you just hate. Unlike Loki who is someone you secretly love, Ultron is evil with little reason in him. Because he is a program, he has no sympathy or compassion for living things. He sees what is best for the Earth and believes that eradicating humans is the way to go. James Spader is unrecognizable as Ultron’s voice, but his sadistic and uncaring nature sure shows through.
In this new installment, we see some new faces! The Maximoff twins (Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch) and The Vision make their first appearances. As we saw with Hawkeye in the first movie, the Twins are against the group before seeing what will become of Earth and switch sides quickly. As for The Vision, well I’ll just let him be a surprise. I think only adding 3 new characters to the series was a good idea by not overwhelming the inflated cast already, but also because many of the other side characters (Falcon, War Machine, Nick Fury, Maria Hill) make appearances in minor roles.
I believe that the action and comic book nature really shine through with Age of Ultron. I love the battle between Iron man and the Hulk mid way through the movie in a fight that reminded me of the Raphael/Leonardo fight from TMNT. Sure it is unnecessary, but boy is it fun. I think Joss Whedon did a great job of bringing Hawkeye back into the group and making him a factor (unlike the first movie when he was working for Loki.) Every character felt important and, for the most part, got equal screen time. That to me speaks volumes of a movie that is all about team work and considering how many characters there are.
At the end of the day, with so many superhero movies out there, and with as many movies in this inflated series as there are, Avengers: Age of Ultron is one hell of a blockbuster that entertains from beginning to end. I had some complaints after the first movie with all the talking and bickering between the heroes, but with the inner-group drama toned down this time around, only good vs. evil matters. This is one that no one should miss and will be one of the best of 2015!
9/10 Stars – With its only downfall being apart of the “been there done this” mindset, Avengers: Age of Ultron is big, loud, flashy and one hell of a good time!
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