Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron is great! Not Oscar-great but blockbuster-great. No need to think or feel creeped out about A.I. like in Ex Machina, just enjoy the ride with moody Ultron as he carries out his plan to kill all humans. But fear not!  Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are on the case.

One of the things Age of Ultron does best is give us lots of new characters. That fits well with the revolving door that is the Avengers comic book roster. So we are introduced/reintroduced to many characters we know are, or will become, Avengers, like War Machine, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and in unfortunate licencing loophole, Quicksilver. Jay found that super confusing having already seen a different Quicksilver, without an accent, in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and I agree. It shouldn’t have happened and it takes away from the movie. Still better to have him here, I think, because Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are great together (this movie captured their relationship well) but it’s time for a deal with Fox. At least Marvel got Spider-Man back from Sony, but let’s get the rest of these movies working together too.

Seeing Vision pop up was an unexpected surprise for me. I liked that he made an appearance and thought he was used well, both as a source of conflict between the Avengers and then as a contrast to Ultron, though they share the same view on humanity’s likely future (i.e., not promising). Really, all the new characters were handled well and I feel like we are well on our way to the Infinity Gauntlet saga.

The disappointing thing is there are now four or five other Marvel movies on the way between now and Avengers 3. I’m excited for Captain America 3, especially with Spidey on board, but beyond that, it’s way too much. Especially when I use Vision’s introduction as a comparison; Ant-Man, Black Panther, and Dr. Strange could all be brought in as part of an Avengers movie, and I wish that’s what was being done. But since there’s money on the table we get separate movies for each. Let’s be honest, I will probably see all those, so you can expect to hear this same complaint every few months between now and the next Avengers movie.

I can’t hold that against this movie though. Avengers: Age of Ultron itself does things exactly right. I thoroughly enjoyed it and wouldn’t have changed a thing so it gets ten Infinity Gems out of ten.

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14 thoughts on “Avengers: Age of Ultron

  1. Jay

    We watched this in a VERY crowded theatre filled with people who needed to see it on the first night, and would probably be seeing it more than once. They laughed OUT LOUD at all the crummy jokes. They applauded when a great blow was landed. They shouted things at the screen. It was epic and weird and I worried the whole time that the fat man sitting beside me was masturbating.

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  2. mattasshole

    At lesat he kept control over all his functions.
    All in all, a great crowd and I’m glad they liked it. I almost never see movies get laughs that big. It made me feel very awkward that I seemed to be the only one who found the movie consistently boring.

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  3. mikeladano

    “I feel like we are well on our way to the Infinity Gauntlet saga.”

    Awwwww YEAH!!!!

    “The disappointing thing is there are now four or five other Marvel movies on the way between now and Avengers 3. I’m excited for Captain America 3, especially with Spidey on board, but beyond that, it’s way too much.”

    I feel the same way and I’m currently behind by a couple movies too!

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  4. Brittani

    I saw the late movie on Thursday and my crowd was very excited as well. I’m pretty sure people came when Vision lifted Thor’s hammer.

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  5. Carrie Rubin

    We saw this yesterday. Certainly another fun ride, though I liked the first one better, probably because it had Loki in it. He’s a great antagonist, and although James Spader was fantastic as always, a human antagonist is always more fun. Well, I think so anyway. I’m sure my 15-year-old son would disagree… (“Puny God”–Still my favorite scene in any movie.)

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