Avengers: Age of Ultron – Review

It’s finally here, Avengers: Age of Ultron. We’ve spent months speculating, tearing apart trailers, reading every post we could find online. I’ve gotta say its pretty great, absolutely lives up to the hype for us fans.

We find ourselves after the events of Winter Soldier, no S.H.I.E.L.D, only the Avengers and its enemies. After finally tearing apart whats almost left of H.Y.D.R.A. and Loki’s scepter in Avenger’s hands, Tony Stark plans to automate world security with his AI program Ultron and alien tech. It’s a tale that is never really overdone, the AI program that becomes self-aware and attempts to destroy the Earth. In creating Ultron, Stark has set the world, along with the Avengers, down a treacherous path of destruction and death. Using the Maximoff twins and their abilities – thanks to HYDRA – Ultron now in his ultimate form scours the earth for materials and resources for his final endgame.

If you don’t remember, or didn’t stay for the credits (C’mon, you should know by now) The Maximoff twins Wanda and Pietro (Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson) are twins that were volunteers to the HYDRA human experiments. These experiments are greater discussed in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (You should totally watch that, season 2 is insanely great) but HYDRA basically continues Red Skull’s scientific research in creating human weapons. Ultron (James Spader) is Stark’s AI program that goes awry. Spader absolutely nails his portrayal, his devil-may-care demeanor and sharp tongue cut through the death and destruction all around and in doing so creates a truly great villain. 

For all the darkness that Marvel has given us through Phase Two, all of the downfalls of great organizations and destruction, its refreshing watching AoU because even though the stakes are higher than before, the comedy is even greater; making those tense moments cut into nice little sections that are divided by great humor.

Avengers: Age of Ultron isn’t without problems. You can’t compare one movie to the other but its hard to do so. Phase One Avengers felt nice and finished, while I personally felt that parts of Phase Two Avengers felt jaunted and incomplete. There were a few scenes that were unnecessary when we could have spent that time seeing more of Ultron working out his master plan. We’re still unsure if we’re actually going to get it, but the talk of Whedon’s “extended cut” might shed light on some things that we are missing.

Overall AoU is a wet dream. Joss Whedon threw so many fantastic comic book panel we ever read into one massive movie. There’s a lot of great stuff in AoU that I wont speak of, its best to experience it for yourself. We finally have Vision (You knew he’d be in it), The move to the third Phase with Thanos and the Infinity War (duh, we all know its coming), and here we sit on the cusp, about to watch Ant Man, Civil War, GotG2 and many others. Avengers: Age of Ultron is a great bookend to what has been a great Phase 2 run.

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