The sequel to the biggest comic book action movie in history is here. Avengers: Age of Ultron. My biggest fear going into the movie happens plenty of times in comic book movies. They have a team of characters and they throw so many existing and new characters at you that it's just way too much at once. That being said, I was quite excited to see some new characters involved. The comic book world has seen plenty of different variations of Avenger teams, so it's no rule that they're required to keep the same characters apart of the team forever. The core team of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow are back. A few characters that have popped up in the Iron Man and Captain America stand alone movies make an appearance, such as The Falcon & War Machine. It can't be an Avengers movie without the guy that brought them all together, Nick Fury. The main new guy on the block is Ultron. We've seen plenty of Ultron from all of the trailers and TV spots that he'd be a pretty interesting villain. James Spader really brought Ultron to life in more ways than one. The twins (Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver) have been teased for a while now first appearing in the end credits scene in Captain America: Winter Soldier, and have been a part of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tie-in to the movie. We get to see their home, the fictional Sokovia, and learn what they absolutely hate Tony Stark. The recurring theme across the Marvel movies are infinity stones, so it was likely they would pop up again in Age of Ultron. We'll see how powerful just one of the stones is later in my review.
The plot is pretty simple and you only really have to watch one of the trailers to understand what's going down. Artificial intelligence has been created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, and it's seen by Stark as a way out for The Avengers to return to somewhat normal lives instead of saving the world every day of the week. AI can never truly be controlled especially when the AI has its own motives. My hope going in was that Ultron would be the best villain in the Marvel movie universe, until of course we finally see Thanos do something. It's a somewhat simple task to accomplish since some of the Marvel movies are littered with less than spectacular villains.
Furthering the development of a lot of these characters was another curiosity of mine. Black Widow has popped up in several Marvel movies (Iron Man 2, The Avengers, and Captain America: Winter Soldier) already so I was expecting her to finally take a somewhat larger role for the team. Hawkeye is another character that needed more development so we could get a little more interested instead of wanting him to just go away. I have a ton of excitement for a couple new characters like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Despite seeming to be villainous in the trailers I still wanted to see what they can do. Scarlet Witch's powers change the entire Marvel universe in the comics which made her the wild card for me in expecting absolutely anything in the movie.
"I really wanted to give the movie 4 Stars, with how disappointed I was with the S.H.I.E.L.D. tie-in and poorly used Nick Fury, but I just can't do it with how fun it was to see all of these characters on screen."
RELEASE DATE: May 01, 2015 | WATCHED IN: Theater | FORMAT: 3-D | RUNNING TIME: 2:21