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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]


2 responses

  1. I haven’t seen the film, but I enjoyed reading your thoughts on it. And, as always, thanks for not including any spoilers. 🙂

    You’re not the only person whose thoughts I’ve read on the film who has said something seemed to be missing. It also seems like it has a lot crammed into it. How much does the film rely on people having seen Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? IE: would someone who hasn’t seen the show get lost in the events of the film that relate to the show, or be OK? I saw the first half dozen or so episodes, but I stopped watching after that because it didn’t do much for me. Also, I didn’t care for the show’s tie-ins to movies that were currently in the theater, since I rarely go to the theater.

    Anywho, thanks for the review. I’m sure I’ll give the film a shot when it hits DVD or Starz.

    08/05/2015 at 15:56

    • Chris, you don’t have to watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, but they are connected as they share the same universe. So big events that happen on the big screen will affect what is happening on the show.
      The best example is the events of Captain America: The Winter Solider. With S.H.I.E.L.D now gone it going to effect a show about S.H.I.E.L.D. Funny enough the show really picked up in quality after that and season two have been very enjoyable so far. Marvel has even brought on some well-known names with Bill Paxton having a major role in the second half of season 1 and Edward James Olmos for season 2.
      For Age of Ultron, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D only did a tie in with Coulson giving Hill the location of the Hydra Base that is attacked by the Avengers at the start of the film. It’s only about a 1 minute of screen time. People outside of the States would not have seen this episode as it was aired in the States after the film was realised international. It just a little tie in and shows that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is part of the same universe as the events on the big screen.

      Marvel is also doing what they did with Phase 1 on the small screen with shows that will be shown on Netflicks. (Daredevil, AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Frist) which will lead into The Defenders which will also be shown on Netflicks, these shows will also be part of the MCU. Events in them are unlikely to affect anything on the big screen except for a mention in the Spider-Man film.
      (Don’t forget the films also need to appeal to those have never seen the other films or just watch the films.)

      From what I can see Marvel getting everything ready for the main event that will happen in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 & 2. The best way to look at it is when they do a big event in the comics that covers all their titles even the one that are not main player in the main event are affected by it in some way. As Marvel keeps saying “it’s all connected.” So they got a lot of work to do for it to work, but this is mainly for those that only follow the films.
      One things for sure, what they are trying to achieve is impressive.

      08/05/2015 at 16:50

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