The age of unlimited superhero sequel movies is upon us; for some that means many great weekends ahead, including this one (it is also the Age of Ultron apparently), and endless opportunities to see your favourite heroes beat the bad guy. For others, the thrill is just not there and the question “Are you seeing Avengers this weekend??” comes with a smart-ass remark like, “How old are you?” or “I’ve seen one, I’ve seen them all.” I’m sure you can guess which category I fall into.
Obviously Marvel would give the best one-liner to describe the film: ‘The epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time.” Sounds about right to me.
Before I offer my opinion and a serious list of spoilers, if you are like me and a big movie fan but not a comic fan, you could wondering how best to binge watch the Marvel-Avenger universe to be fully prepared for Age of Ultron. Don’t worry, the internet has lots of people that are ahead of all of us, so I have listed the order of the Marvel movies (read the source article here). I have included the TV series as well, but I only watch the movies.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Agent Carter [TV]
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Avengers (2012)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Agents of SHIELD Season 1, Episodes 1-7 [TV]
Thor 2: The Dark World (2013)
Agents of SHIELD Season 1, Episodes 8-16 [TV]
Captain America: The Winter Solider (2014)
Agents of SHIELD Season 1, Episodes 17-22 [TV]
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Daredevil [Netflix Series]
Agents of SHIELD Season 2, Episodes 1-19 [TV]
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Agents of SHIELD Season 2, Episodes 20-22 [TV]
So if you need to find me, I will be in the Marvel Universe all weekend. Avengers Assemble!
Now that we’ve seen it, let’s talk about it.
The one thing you can always count on with Marvel (besides that the next movie is already on its way) is that it is bigger and better than the last one. This includes everything from the abilities of the bad guy, to the amount of shit they blow up throughout the movie. As I was reading through reviews of the movie, sometimes I wonder why these people even went to see it. If you expected unrealistic action, lots of fighting, and feel good moments, then that’s what you got. It’s not a whole lot different from any of the other Marvel movies that have come out recently. The only critique that I read that I agreed with was the unnecessary sappy moments. (1) The connection between Banner and the Black Widow is a little drawn out in all of the scenes, its slow enough to break up the action scenes but doesn’t full move the audience in the way it was intended. (2) Hawkeye’s family connection, in a way to humanize Hawkeye we see that he is just a regular guy with a cool bow and arrow, but like the Forbes article I was reading said, what’s the point of humanizing him?
Actually my second criticism is they try to pack in a lot into an already fairly long movie. There a lot of characters that were introduced through out the movie including Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Ultron, and Vision (I didn’t actually know this was his name). Then they also have old characters pop back in like Falcon and Nick Fury. There are so many characters fighting all at the same time it is hard to focus, so much that the plot gets a little confusing. For example when Iron Man has to heat up the core to save the floating city, there isn’t really enough time to fully understand that is what he is trying to do before the island drops.
But overall, it was fantastic as expected, Marvel movies deliver the most entertaining, action filled 2 1/2 hours. I highly recommend going to see it on the big screen to get the full experience.