“Do you see? The beauty of it? The inevitability? You rise, only to fall. You, Avengers, you are my meteor, my swift and terrible sword, and the Earth will crack with the weight of your failure. Purge me from your computers, turn my own flesh against me. It means nothing. When the dust settles, the only thing living in this world will be metal.”
Official Synopsis: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.
Look, I understand when the professionals look at this movie and see missed opportunities. Whether it’s with the three new characters of Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and The Vision or a few plot holes or the minor pace issues. And yes, I do notice those and take those into account, but how can you just not look passed those and enjoy the freaking hell out of this movie? IT’S SO MUCH FUN. It has everything of an unbelievably exciting and kick-ass sequel to The Avengers. The first shot of the movie gets everything and jut doesn’t stop from there.
This dark and different story compared to the original definitely works. The Ultron story in the comics is one of the most highly regarded stories in Marvel comics history, and I don’t think Joss Whedon could’ve done a better job. The spectacle is bigger, the stakes are higher, and it freaking works. Yes, there were a few plot holes and pacing issues here and there like I mention above. Like the whole Nick Fury thing, where has he been and what’s the dude been up to? But listen, all of that and the little tiny pacing issues are thrown out the window because of how much of a triumph Age of Ultron is. It may have not been as dark or gritty as we thought (and kind of hoping), but there were definitely dark moments and got very gritty at times. I mean, an Avenger dies, the world is on the verge of ending (more so than the first) because of the horrifying A.I. Ultron, Hulk is ‘gone’, and the team we know and love is no longer with a new team stepping in. That’s pretty dark and different, right?
As for the team dynamics, it’s all still there, but even better this time around. Unlike the first, these guys have been around each other for years now and they know each others strengths and weakness, they know each other inside and out. The way Whedon showed these fellas in battle was just jaw-dropping. Whether it was Captain America and Thor teaming up in multiple battles to share the shield and much more, or how prominent Hawkeye is in now, or the whole Black Widow and Hulk relationship (little to much), it all worked. One thing I said when walking about was “Holy hell that shield got around!” Everyone got a turn with the shield, Hawkeye, Thor, Black Widow, SO COOL.
Speaking of cool, how about The Vision? I thought both Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were very cool and used pretty well, especially Scarlet Witch, but The Vision stole the show by far. Once he showed up, it was his show. One, the dude is straight up powerful! He may have just become the most powerful Avenger because of reason, he can pick up the hammer! That moment when he picked up the hammer was just incredible! I was shocked in the best way possible, and he wasn’t done from there. He picks it up a few more times in battle and it’s so awesome. As for the twins, I thought they worked pretty well. For those who’ve seen it, we know the unfortunate demise of Quicksilver, but a demise that is hero worthy for sure. But Scarlet Witch man, just like The Vision, the Avengers have become a power like no other with her on the squad. The chick kicks complete ass in so many ways, I’m super excited to see where this character and The Vision go from here.
Avengers: Age of Ultron does have some issues, there’s no getting around that. But those issues are washed away completely with this action-packed, epic, and smart spectacle of a movie. It crushes in so many ways that it’s hard to believe. Seeing these characters all on screen again, with a few additions, is just mesmerizing and such a damn good time. Marvel, Joss Whedon, the cast and crew stepped up and gave us a sequel that deserves every kind of praise. It’s joins the ranks of some of Marvel’s best, one you can watch over and over and over again.