Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Film Review
Age of Ultron brings Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU) Phase 2 to a close, even though Ant-Man is the official last film. But that is a standalone film and the events of Phase 2 will not affect what will happen in Ant-Man.
Age of Ultron is set roughly a year after the events of Captain America: The Winter Solider, S.H.E.I.L.D is gone and the world thinks Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is dead. Over the last year the Avengers have banned back together to bring Hydra down for good and reclaim Loki sceptre.
Unknown to them Agent Coulson has found its location and given the information to Maria Hill (Cobbie Smulders) who then forwards the information to the Avengers. (This event does not happen in the film but in the TV show Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D season two episode “The Dirty Half Dozen.”) This brings us to the action pack opening of Age of Ultron.
From the get go Whedon, does not disappoints, with lot of action and humour. We get introduced to two Enhanced Humans that was briefly scene in the post credit scene from Captain America: The Winter Solider and also a closure to the Hydra storyline started in that film. (Though I will not be surprised if we see more of Hydra in later episodes of Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.)
With the help of Dr Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) attempts to build an A.I that will help save the world from extra terrestrial threats, using his Iron Legion. This is where the creation of Ultron (James Spader) happens. From this point on the Avengers go after Ultron to stop him at any cost.
The film has lots of drama with a budding romance between Banner and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson.) and we get to see Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) personal life away from the Avengers.
This gives Renner a lot more to work with this time around instead of being a mind-wash drone like he was in the first film. Spader is excellent as Ultron and brings a lot of comedy to the role which you not expect for someone trying to wipe out all life on Earth. Ultron has been flesh out better than past villains in the MCU, which is a good thing as so far all they have seem to be is just progress the story along.
We finally get to see Paul Bettany on Screen as Vision and the roll really suit him. But it also looks to be the last we hear him as J.A.V.R.I.S.
Newcomers Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) fit in well. It a shame we don’t get their real heritage, being the children of Magneto. But this is down to the rights issue that Marvel has with FOX, who currently own the film rights. So don’t expect any mutants appearing in the MCU.
As for the rest of the main cast, this is their forth time or more playing their roles. So they all know what they are doing.
Age of Ultron is a dark film; one of the reasons for this is that Joss Whedon has states that The Godfather Part 2 was inspiration for the film. But Whedon does not go to dark making sure to lighten some of the darker moments with comedy that we come to expect from him. While some of these did make me laugh, there where not as many laugh out load moment as there was in The Avengers.
The action is fast and you are able to follow what is going on screen, and there is lot going on screen with the hundreds of Ultron drones.
Age of Ultron has the most effects in a Marvel film to date, and it stunning. It looks like Marvels did not waste a penny in this area. One the highlights form the CGI. Is Iron Man fight with the Hulk in the Hulkbuster suit. This fight bring everything fans have wanted to see when these two go up angst each other on the big screen.
As with Marvel other films there are lots of hidden Easter eggs for fans of the comics with find and quite a few references to up coming films in Phase 3.
Joss Whedon has been very busy since he wrapped up work on the Avengers, with kick-off Marvels TV show Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D (which is part of the MCU) and working behind the scene of Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Solider. So that they will set up events that will lead into Age of Ultron. With all of this he has managed to pull it off again and deliver a very enjoyable film. After I watched it I thought the film was missing something and I could not put my finger on what it could be. But now that I had a few days to think about it, I would put it down to the fact that even though he has brought so many elements together it’s no longer new like it was with the first film. Add to it the hype that was been created it all adds up.
As I have stated, Whedon has delivered once again. After five years working at Marvel he has earned a well deserved break. (Joss Whedon dose have the option to come back to the MCU and do another film.) For Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, they have some very large shoes to fill, as they are currently set to direct Captain America: Civil War and then start work on bring everything together for Avengers: Infinity War Part One & Two, which could also include a fair few of the Marvel TV shows that are part of the MCU.
I give Avengers: Age of Ultron a 4.5 out of 5.
Tony Stark: What’s the vibranium for?
Ultron: I’m glad you asked that, because I wanted to take this time to explain my evil plan… [blasts Stark]