Plot: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
Review: The highly successful sequel to Marvel’s The Avengers is finally upon us. This film is easily one of the two most anticipated movies of what is sure to be a blockbuster year. Crazy to think that this is the 11th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that was started way back in 2008 with the first Iron Man. To say that this movie had some big shoes to fill would be an understatement. The first Avengers went on to break numerous records all around the world. Did the sequel live up to the hype? In my opinion, yes it did.
The story starts with the Avengers on a mission in Sokovia trying to obtain Loki’s scepter from Hydra’s own Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. It is in this opening scene we also meet Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. They are on team Hydra because everybody in the fictional town seems to dislike the Avengers. They even have graffiti on the wall of Iron Man with his head crossed off. The people of the town seem to look at the team as intruders looking to take over their land. I guess you can say that makes sense since that’s how the people of war zones look at their enemies. The team defeats Strucker and apprehend Loki’s scepter. Back at Avengers tower, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner discover that the scepter’s gem has the ability to create artificial intelligence. Stark gets the idea that they can use the power to create his “Ultron” project. Ultron was created to protect the world from another alien invasion similar to what happened in the first Avengers film. As you can tell, shit hits the fan and Ultron is on a mission to destroy the world.
The first thing people will notice about this film is that it is very darker than its predecessor. The reason behind that is from Scarlet Witch. She has the ability to “curse” people and build an inner conflict within the team. And also since Tony Stark himself thought of creating Ultron, it causes tension between the heroes when they discover the horror that is in fact, Ultron. If you are a Marvel fan, seeing all this tension is just getting you more excited for the upcoming Civil War movie. One thing that bothered me was having Quicksilver in the movie. Don’t get me wrong, i love the character – it’s just i enjoyed him more in X-Men: Days of Future Past. No knock on Aaron Taylor-Johnson, it’s just that when i think of Quicksilver, i think of the X-Men franchise. And every Marvel fan knows that Magneto is Quicksilver’s dad. But because of the agreement between Fox and Marvel Studios – Marvel can’t acknowledge that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are mutants and Fox can’t acknowledge them being apart of the Avengers team.
There are a lot of scenes that i enjoyed a ton, but with some, i can’t get into too much detail without spoiling. So don’t worry, this will not be a review with spoilers. One scene comes to mind is the opening scene. It is very much like that one shot scene of the team fighting at the end of the first movie. I love seeing the heroes perform combo moves on the enemies. I’m a sucker for those one long shot sequences. Another scene would be the party being held at the Avengers tower. I know, the scene with them trying to lift Thor’s hammer was in the trailer already, but it was still funny as hell. We also get a few cameos during that scene but i’ll let you be surprised. Oh yeah, and how can i forget the Hulkbuster vs Iron Man fight. This fight was very epic. And yes, it is Iron Man in the suit battling the Hulk. Assuming you read the beginning of this review, you can connect the dots and point the finger at Scarlet Witch to blame for that. Finally, what would an Avengers movie be without an action packed ending. I noticed, this movie has ALOT of action sequences. It was a blast to watch all of that on screen.
Of course how can i not talk about the cast of Age of Ultron. The main players did exactly what they did in the first. And that’s why it works again. The chemistry between the actors(and actress) feel so real that you believe they are a team. Bravo to James Spader who is the voice of Ultron. Judging from the trailers, you can see his menacing voice goes great with the character. While watching the movie, i was surprised that he had his funny moments and at how much of a smart ass he was. Then again, he is the creation of Tony Stark. A key player who also didn’t have as much of a bigger role in the first film, but did this time around was Jeremy Renner(Hawkeye). I enjoyed all the screen time he got and thought it was well deserved. We also find out Hawkeye has a family, to which Stark says to his wife, “I didn’t even know you guys existed”.
It was pretty hard to talk about all the stuff i loved about the movie because i wouldn’t want to spoil anything for you guys. The movie is great to me. I can see why some might not like it because it is so much more different and darker than the first. But what we are seeing is the character progression. We seen them work great together in the first movie, so now even tho we still see them as a team, we see more tension. After all, Civil War is what most people are waiting for. You can’t always see your heroes happy all the time. We need to see them struggle so we can root for them at the end. People have asked me which movie do i like better – The Avengers or Age of Ultron. My response is this, both of the movies are great in their own way. To say one is better than the other is hard to do because they are both different and were trying to serve different purposes. Age of Ultron is a step toward the bigger picture – Civil War and the Infinity Wars. I give Avengers: Age of Ultron a 9/10.