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Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Review

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I had the opportunity to attend an advance screening of Avengers Age of Ultron earlier this week and I wanted to give you the rundown, spoiler free. My brief two cents, it’s a lot of fun, and it’s a decent enough story for all the action and “kick-ass” posturing to be hung on. There were two distinct “wat…” moments, but nothing a comic book movie that knows what it’s doing couldn’t get away with. If you liked Avengers 1, then you’ll enjoy Avengers 2. This is not a Matrix Reloaded all over again. Click below for some more details.


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The story picks up right in the middle of an all-out Avengers mission. It took a massive alien invasion to bring everyone together at the end of the first film, now we have the impression they operate as a team when they need to, without S.H.I.E.L.D., which didn’t survive.

They’re busting heads trying to get their hands on Loki’s staff, so that Thor can take it someplace safe. We’re introduced to the twins at this point. Which is funny, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, aka Kick-Ass, played Elizabeth Olson‘s husband in 2014’s Godzilla. But now they’re brother and sister. Yeah I don’t know. I’m not so blown away with Taylor-Johnson’s performance in anything that he had to be back.

Quicksilver and the X-Men??
I guess my biggest question is why Quicksilver was introduced in X-Men: Days of Future Past, establishing one actor and a timeline, and then um, retconned(?) for Age of Ultron just a year later. I know that X-Men is 20th Century Fox, and that Avengers is Marvel Studios, but it seems, with allllll the Marvel characters out there, did either property have to use Quicksilver? Was 20th Century Fox trying to stick-it to Marvel, who is trying to tie together their Cinematic Universe with all these crossovers? Also, and maybe I heard it wrong, Avengers characters mention that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch were the only two survivors of General Stryker’s experiments, which also contradicts the X-Men universe. I understand it’s a different studio, but it seemed like they were going out of their way to disavow the entire X-Men universe. Maybe there is a huge explanation that someone will point out. I’m glad to hear it.

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Anyway, I’ll touch on things you need to know that won’t blow any major reveals. Yes, the fight between Hulk and Tony in the Hulk-Buster suit is awesome. James Spader‘s performance as Ultron is fantastic. It’s not really a spoiler any more, but Vision appears. I saw the movie with a guy that had zero knowledge of Vision’s history, and so his appearance was a little out of left field, but it all worked and didn’t impact his enjoyment of the film.

The special effects are top notch, the humor between the characters is on-point, and it was a great mix of familiar territory (now that the Avengers characters are established) and a new adventure. This did not feel like Avengers 1 all over again.

One of the inherent problems with a team this powerful is, you can’t focus on all of them all of the time. Several times I felt myself asking “where is Hulk in all this? Where is Iron Man now?” But it wasn’t like they were conveniently shelved to move the plot, it’s just too massive a predicament to avoid little vignettes of what everyone is doing. Whedon had to top the climax in Avengers 1 with something massive, but not seem too over the top. They came pretty close, but all in all, I can say it was appropriate. Avengers 3 is going to have to be even bigger, and if what we’ve heard is true, it’ll finally bring in Thanos and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Go see Age of Ultron, I mean, even if I told you it was Matrix Reloaded level awful, I think you’d see it anyway, but rest assured, it’s a lot of fun, and you’ll want to see it soon so you can join in all the online debates. Ok, here’s my one main criticism. They totally missed a great joke! At one point, Tony hits Hulk with an elevator. He should have said “This is your floor, sir” and if people didn’t get it, he could have even used a Droopy dog voice. C’mon!

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