So, I caught Avengers: Age of Ultron yesterday and it was awesome! Being one of the lucky countries that got the film first, I must say it is definitely worth the wait!
The Avengers: Age of Ultron sees the team getting back together to locate and retrieve Loki’s sceptre from a HYDRA facility in Russia. Since the downfall of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) has built an Avengers facility, protecting mankind alongside Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Bruce Banner aka Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).
While they are fighting off HYDRA’s men, the team encounters two teens with special abilities, who temporarily stalls their effective efforts. Pietro Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has the ability to run at lightning speed, rendering the team unable to catch sight of him while he delivers punches to them. His twin sister, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), is left within the facility to use her telekinetic power to mess with Tony Stark’s mind. In giving him a vision, Tony sees the downfall of the Avengers at his hands. Afraid, he decides to work on a solution to prevent that from happening.
Back at Avengers HQ, Tony begins toying with the idea of building a program or artificial intelligence which has the ability to end fights on their behalf. A first line of defense that will prevent attacks and protect mankind. He ropes in Bruce who was hesitant at first but gave in after being persuaded. Together, they work day and night to develop the program – Ultron. After many failed attempts, they eventually took a break and attended a party that they were hosting. However, it was as they left that the program finally succeeded.
Having successfully been created, Ultron (James Spader) comes to life. Jarvis (Paul Bettany) was left behind to oversee the program development and upon noticing Ultron’s success, begins to help orientate the new program. Unfortunately, Ultron had other intentions. Accessing files on his own and learning about the Avengers, he develops a different perception of the understanding of Tony’s reason for building him. Jarvis tries to talk him down but to no avail. Filled with rage, Ultron destroys Jarvis and takes matters into his own hands.
After finally meeting the Avengers and getting his temporary body destroyed, Ultron escapes and ropes in the twins to assist him on taking the Avengers down. While they had their own agenda of seeing the Avengers wiped off the face of the Earth, the twins were still human. When Wanda finally sees Ultron’s plan in wanting to destroy humanity as a whole, she and her brother joins the Avengers in their fight against Ultron.
Marvel does what Marvel does best! I felt that this film was well done and had plenty of action, laughs and fantastic special effects. Much like the previous Avengers, this film had great laughs which sorta made these superheroes seem like ordinary people. I really enjoyed the scene where all the guys tried to lift Thor’s hammer but couldn’t. The part that got me laughing was really the scene where Captain America nearly lifted the hammer off the table and Thor had a worried look; which eventually subsided when the Captain gave up.
James Spader voicing Ultron was really the best casting ever. His ability to sound creepy and smart at the same time had me frightened for the future of robots. What if our constant thirst for building programs that were intelligent turned out this way? I wouldn’t want my iPhone 9 taunting me this way! But, with that said, that really shows how talented Mr Spader is. I couldn’t have thought of a better actor fitting this role.
And, even though this was a pretty good movie, I still felt that there were parts that were not fully explained. Being a two and a half hour film, I thought that they would have some time to tackle certain issues that the characters were facing. For example, Captain America’s vision of Peggy. Did he not have any repercussions? Was he really that okay after having a memory like that put into his mind? I kinda felt that there were too many characters in the film which sorta resulted in having too many things to fill in with too little time.
But nonetheless, I love Marvel so I definitely would recommend everyone catch The Avengers: Age of Ultron! Bear in mind that there would be a mid-credits scene so stick around for that! If you want to sit till the end of the credits, just know that there wouldn’t be anything but a line that says ‘The Avengers will return’. (I’m a stickler for sitting till the credits stop rolling so yeah, I stayed for that line. #noregretsyo)