Avengers: Age of Ultron broke records this weekend with its big release. After waiting years to see the sequel to the best selling Marvel movie of all time, fans were treated with a mix of action, humor, and Marvel Magic. This review is intended for those who saw the film. I also wrote a non-Spoiler review for those who have not yet seen it.. which, to be fair, is a pretty small crowd at this point in the game.
In short, the Avengers themselves were set up well. While they didn’t explain many of the questions that I would have liked (why did Tony keep building suits? When did the Avengers reassemble?), there were a couple nods to previous movies, such as Falcon mentioning the “missing person case”.
Whereas Hulk was a scene-stealer last time around, he was not used much at all this time. He ended dramatically, but he was not focused on too much. Thor also dropped into the background. Aside from having a single vision, he was mostly there to hit people. His hammer even had a larger roll than he did.
Captain America felt like the team leader still, which I appreciate. He did well holding the team and holding his own. The team was still not used to the Cap from the past, as well. I appreciated the references to Cap saying, “Language” repeatedly. It made him still feel out of time.
Black Widow and Hawkeye were focused on much more, especially Hawkeye. I felt like this movie was almost an apology to fans for his lack of time on screen for the last couple years, even through Avengers. He was my second favorite character (I’ll get to that later), and I appreciated that. Black Widow also touched more on her backstory. She may not be getting her own movie, but she is getting plenty of origin story, which I like a lot.
Iron Man was undoubtedly the “Main Character” of the film. His faults were emphasized heavily, which likely will move us further towards the Civil War storyline. For the first time, Tony proved predictable. He was no longer the hero. We saw the most of Tony as a character. Personally, I wouldn’t have minded seeing some of his focus time distributed to the other Avengers, but it was necessary for Ultron.
Speaking of Ultron…
Ultron & Vision
While the character of Ultron was undoubtedly different from the comics, I loved the Tony humor in a robot voice. Ultron was truly a creation of Tony Stark, which I very much appreciated. I liked seeing his origin on screen and it didn’t feel as shoehorned as I had expected it. His evil plot was interesting and a nice different plan from many other evil villains.
Ultron was not without fault in plotholes (would Ultron really not leave at least one of himself behind just in case?), but he carried well as a villain. He lived up to his roll in this film, as a title character to the sequel of the Avengers.
As good as Ultron was, Vision was the screen-stealer. Although only appearing after halfway through the film, Vision was frankly incredible. He rocked the screen with his righteousness. I loved seeing him brought to life and I fully expect to see much more of him in the future.
I also have some theories regarding the Vision, but that’s for another time…
The twins were well done. Working for Ultron was a nice replacement for the Brotherhood of Mutants from the comics. They worked well as reformed villains. I believed them as siblings and I didn’t mind their accents in the least.
Individually, they did a good job with Scarlet Witch’s powers. Her powers are hard to nail down and difficult to describe to a friend, but they worked well within the context of the film. I also think they set up well moving towards the Doctor Strange film.
Quicksilver was incredible. They did a great job with his speed and his character. He felt straight from the pages of the comics. Also, impressively, at no point in the film did I think of the Days of Future Past Quicksilver, which means they did well making him unique. Also, he died. Spoilers aside, that was an impressive way to throw off the audience, especially when portions of the film appeared to be setting up for Hawkeye’s death. I liked that they killed him.
The film was a solid sequel to the first Avengers. While not a masterpiece, it was enjoyable, well done, and marked an excellent addition to the MCU. It was a good one for Joss Whedon to go out on. As for the future of the MCU in the aftermath of Ultron, only time will tell.