Over the past few weeks during promotional interviews, there have been whispers about Joss Whedon stating that this may not have been his best work. It’s all been widely reported that after Avengers: Age of Ultron, he would be hanging up his Marvel Cinematic Universe cape and go on directing other non marvel projects. I’ve seen Joss Whedon directed pieces of media and never have I once thought that it bad or lacking effort or care, and I’m pretty sure there were times he wasn’t on his “A” game. So when I heard these whispers I thought nothing of it and went in with complete excitement. I love super hero movies and The Avengers was an amazing movie that I enjoyed with my fiance and my mom when it first came out. So, to keep with a tradition, I decided to bring the same crew back and go watch Avengers: Age of Ultron.
If you haven’t been watching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. then you’ll realize that the opening shot was what Agent Coulson was talking about at the end of the last episode. If you haven’t been watching the show don worry, the movie sets up why the team is there in a nice little package. During the opening scene all I was thinking about was how great it was that this is a sequel so no more back stories have to be given. Even when Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were introduced there was only a glimmer of back story, and it didn’t eat up too much screen time. The story seemed to move quickly right into Ultron which was great, there would be no teasing or long build up. You’re introduced to the concept Ultron, who envisioned him, why he would be necessary and how they would make him relevant to the story that had already been set in motion. Once Ultron has been established and things get set into motion, the movie doesn’t stop with the humor and action. I couldn’t believe how funny this movie was without being strictly a comedy. The movie did what I enjoy about comic book based movies, they had constant dialogue. Just like in the pages of a comic book, there are few panels without some kind of dialogue. I always wondered how they were able to speak so much while throwing punches and this movie gave me a new perspective. As I mentioned above, the story has no dull moments and did great work subtly setting up other movies and their villains. If you’re unfamiliar with what I’m talking about, I referring to the thief in Wakanda who gets his arm chopped off. Wakanda is home of Black Panther and that gentleman, who is now cosplaying as Luke Skywalker, will be the villain Klaw. After the time in Wakanda you never hear about it again, which leaves it open for Black Panther to continue that story. The creation of the Vision and the reveal of the Mind Stone was amazing. It put so many questions about Loki’s staff to rest and helped solidify what items from the Marvel movies were actual stones. Vision also doesn’t waste anytime getting revealed then showing his true self. He comes out like he’s going to attack then after taking a look at the world tells everyone he is there for the greater good and only wants to preserve life. The same feeling of saving people are also shared by Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who turn on Ultron after they realize what he plans on doing. The battle with all of the Ultrons and the Avengers was perfect. Each person had a decent amount of screen time showing just what they bring to the table and why they’re earth’s mightiest heroes. The final fight scene with Vision and Ultron was very calm and serene. The environment which they were at allowed for the truth to come out and for Vision to give Ultron one last chance to tell his side before he destroyed him.
I know the above is a oddly based synopsis of the movie, but I didn’t want to go shot for shot and tell you what happens. I did mention some characters that were introduced into this movie and I’d like to take some time to give my thoughts on them.
Let’s start with one of the movie powerful mutants in the Marvel Universe and the one character who gives one of the most important scenes in the movie. I’m of course talking about Scarlet Witch, and even though they couldn’t say she was a mutant in the film we all know that the movie barely tapped her potential. She never comes off and evil so when the she turns on Ultron it’s not a big surprise. Her mind control powers used on each of the Avengers show some back story, but the best one is when she goes into Thor’s mind and they go through the items of each movie and show that they are all the infinity stones and then an outline of gauntlet is shown. That was great for both comic and non comic readers, because it gave a visual and it was easier to explain to those who may not be familiar.
This is the second time I’ve seen Quicksilver on screen, but this time not as a mutant and no one referred to his by that name. He was always referred to as the enhanced and a guy that runs fast. Out of the two twins, Scarlet Witch being the other, he was more of the aggressor and seemed to only want to protect his sister. He had some funny lines and when the time to do the right thing came he did so without any second guessing. He also made the ultimate sacrifice and gave his life to protect Hawkeye and a little boy.
Vision was extremely likable and also had some funny one liners, he is also shown to be worthy to wield Mjolnir. In the first half of the movie there is a scene where all the Avengers are hanging out and they all try to pick up Thor’s hammer. Captain America moves it a little bit, which makes for a funny face by Thor, but one actually picked it up. When Vision joins the Avengers at the end to help out he picks up Thor’s hammer with ease, to which the whole theater clapped and laughed. This may prove that Vision is worthy, but in the comics only sentient beings who are worthy can pick up the hammer. Vision is an android so there is a small loophole proving that others weild it, but I’m sure they’ll go with him just being worthy.
Finally we come to Ultron, who is voiced by James Spader and gives a great performance. He may look like a robot, but has the full consciousness of a human with humor and wit. He knows everything about the Avengers and can banter with each of them as a way to try to break them down.
I must also name some notable hero cameos. Iron Patriot has gone back to War Machine and even helps out with the final battle. Falcon only makes an appearance, but you never see him in the full Falcon gear. Agent Carter makes an appearance in a vision that Scarlet Witch gives Captain America and Heimdall appears in Thor’s. Maria Hill and Nick Fury also come back, but no Coulson.
So what’s next for the Avengers. The movie ends with Hulk in a ship that turns on his cloaking device so no one knows where he’s going. Hawkeye returns home to the secret family he has. Iron Man goes back home, presumably back to to Pepper. Captain America and Black Widow are at a new Avengers facility where they’re starting a new team. The next movie coming out is Ant-Man, then Captain America: Civil War in which Iron Man, Captain America and Spider-Man will be a part of. So there’s going to be some major story telling and movie linking in the next few years.