I just got back from a midnight showing of the new Marvel uber-blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron. Chances are, I’ll fall sleep because it’s like 4am and you’re not gonna fucking read this til tomorrow anyway. Let’s begin. I’ve tried to keep this spoiler-free, but gonna put a spoiler warning here too, because everyone’s so goddamn sensitive.
Marvel just made another big tentpole blockbuster movie with explosions and lasers and a hammer nobody can pick up because YOU ARE NOT WORTHY. Oh, and a fuck-tonne of robots. I mean, seriously. Have you seen all the robots?
That was still a bit long, wasn’t it? Watch the goddamn movie already.
“What the hell are you going on about?” I hear you cry. Well in case you’ve been under a rock, on the moon or just basically asleep, Marvel have a whole cinematic universe under their belt these days. A multi-decade movie production the likes of which has never been seen.
Avengers: Age of Ultron wraps up “phase 2” of the timeline, which featured sequels to Iron Man Thor and Captain America, as well as new properties like the frankly amazing Guardians of the Galaxy. It paves the way for Phase 3, which will bring Doctor Strange, Ant Man and more Guardians, as well as the highly-anticipated Civil War and a brand-new Spider Man standalone movie not made by Sony (hooray!)
This isn’t about those movies, though. This is about Age of Ultron. Here are some pictures and brief thoughts. Add your own below!
The Team kicks ass
The Avengers are now a well-oiled team, and even Stark admits that Cap is the real leader. You know, so long as everyone knows he finances it, makes the cool shit, you know.. the important stuff. You see them fighting together right off the bat, in a great single-shot much like the one in the first Avengers movie.
It’s really funny
Joss Whedon knows how to write dialogue. That’s all I have to say on the matter. Ok, also, this movie is incredibly witty, funny, and clever. The editing is pitch-perfect for comedic timing, and you can really feel that the team has come together and can tease each other (especially teasing Captain America) in a friendly, jokey way. It’s great. I wanna be their friend.
The Hulk-buster is awesome
Shown off in the 2nd trailer, the Hulk and Iron man have a fight in the middle of a city. Stark can’t take Banner on in a normal suit so he calls on a badass ultra-suit to help him out some. It’s great! Speaking of which…
Hulk is still seriously fun to watch
The relationship between Scarlett Johannson’s Black Widow and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner has evolved between the last Avengers and Ultron. They’ve figured out how to calm him down a bit too, which is nice when a big green guy who loves to smash shit isn’t really needed anymore.
Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver annoyed me a bit
One of the main gripes I have about Age of Ultron is that it favours drawn-out exposition over flashbacks or some other form of visual storytelling for some reason. Budget, maybe? Who knows? In particular, a scene where the twins explain just why they hate Tony Stark so much is just.. so unnecessary, and could have been handled much better. However, Wanda is a badass when she needs to be, and Quicksilver is fun to watch, but the version of Quicksilver in XMEN: Days of Future Past last year was much more entertaining.
Hawkeye is a really nice, normal dude
You know, being around a demigod, a billionaire and a super soldier probably doesn’t help one’s ego, even when you’ve got insane bow and arrow skills. In Age of Ultron, we see what life is like for Hawkeye when he’s not saving the goddamn world. In fact, this movie is really the Hawkeye show. He gets the best puns, the best progression and just comes across as being an awesome dude trying to weigh up his duty to his world vs his duty to his family. Brilliant stuff.
Ultron is a great adversary, but Loki’s more interesting
Ultron is a seriously sinister, menacing presence in every scene he’s in. That’s mostly thanks to James Spader’s brilliant performance. He owns every scene with the same wit and intelligence as the good guys, and is great fun to watch. However, I never really cared about why he was doing what he was doing, and I miss Loki’s presence as a bad guy you can root for.
I guess that’s testament to Tom Hiddleston’s performance as much as anything, along with the fact we have had Loki for 3 movies now. I don’t know. I wanted to care much more about Ultron than I did.
Holy shit, robots!
Holy shit! Look at all the robots! Robots running, robots exploding, robots stumbling around. If you like robots, go see this. Especially for one particular robot, and I don’t mean Ultron…
Just look at him. I’m so happy right now. Vision is just, so fucking awesome. But I won’t say any more, because it’s something you have to see on the big screen. Paul Bethany is brilliant, and the character is arguably the best part of the whole goddamn film.