Now let me start with the preface that this will be SPOILER-IFIC that means if you haven’t seen Avengers 2:Age of Ultron remove thyself from reading the rest of this post!!!
Ok… I’ll take that as either you’ve seen it, or you’re somewhere along the lines the same type of person as me, you just want to know it all and worry about a movie being “spoiled” for you later (or never!)
Avengers 2:Age of Ultron starts as soon as the movie title appears. There’s no character development for the main team (The Avengers include: Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and Thor). So the premise is, you already know who they are, their personalities and what they do. Long story short, they kick major ass!!! The team is fighting what are remnants of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra. While ultimately “winning,” they come across new pupils. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. While also in the building being occupied by the enemy, Iron Man comes across some alien technology that was left from the battle of New York (as seen in Avengers, part 1). Seeing the technology gives Mr. Stark the idea that he needs to have a better response system than just his team of specific contraction personnel (as seen in Iron Man 3) fight the good fight. He and Dr. Banner debate until Tony convinces him that he would be doing the majority of the footwork while Tony is just there to help him and voila, Ultron is born!
THIS IS PRETTY MUCH THE ONLY COMPLAINT I HAD ABOUT THIS MOVIE: there’s no character development for Ultron. He destroys J.A.R.V.I.S. and then starts working on his body. To me, if Ultron would’ve have been developed to his full potential, he would have been “born”, helped J.A.R.V.I.S for a while, answer to his “father” Mr. Stark, helped the Avengers and then finally, go “rogue from seeing what he believed would be the end game with the human race and the continued fight The Avengers were putting up. Through the process of perfecting his own body, Vision is created (with J.A.R.V.I.S.’s operating system, if you will) by Mr. Stark and Dr. Banner, a hand from Thor, as the correct “vision” originally had with Ultron. I also believe they didn’t have to kill off Ultron in one movie. But what do I know? I’m not making movies that are making a billion dollars at the box office, yes that’s BILLION with a capital B!
The movie will keep you entertained from start to finish! There’s a love story, actually, a couple of love stories. Hulk can only “return” from being the big green creature by being calmed by Black Widow’s touch (ok, who wouldn’t???) and then there’s Hawkeye’s family life, which Dr. Banner and Natasha seem to envy. Speaking of Hawkeye, the movie is set up to make you believe he’s not going to see the end of the move… I’m not spoiling EVERYTHING!!!
Then there’s the “new pupils” as stated earlier: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Scarlet Witch has the ability to control someone’s mind, in a daydream (or nightmare) sort of way. Quicksilver is properly named, being super fast. They start with Hydra/S.H.I.E.L.D., help Ultron and then join the Avengers in the end, “seeing the error in their ways.” Scarlet even opens Thor’s eyes when she controls his mind, to something he prepares for, that ends up in his decision to help in the creation of Vision.
Ultron being the ultimate megalomaniac, wants to end the human race on earth. He decides to attack the Avengers while also leading his pack of soldier Ultrons to set up a part of the Earth and turning it into a meteor to crash against the remainder of the planet, causing an extinction level event for humans. Ultron believes humans are what is killing the earth and themselves, so the only way to endure is to remove the problem.
At the end, someone is shot, multiple times. But this is a comic book movie (!!!) and, there’s no funeral or “send off” in any way… the new team is set up to be trained (there was even supposed to be inclusion of Spiderman and Captain Marvel, but didn’t happen due to red tape).
All in all, the movie is great! And I love it even more being asked by my kids and nephews, “hey unc, who is that” and being able to tell the story of it all. That’s what movies like this and even the DC Comic movies and even more-so the Star Wars movie dropping in December to for me and people in my generation!!! It gives us a reason to explain what we already knew due to comic books of our time…
By the way, typing this out on my BlackBerry Passport and loving every keyboard pressing moment of it!!! Til next time, cause as it says at the end of the movie, “The Avengers will unite again” and of course, I’ll have more to say between now and then!
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