More than any Marvel movie before, this is literally superhero galore with billionaire narcissist Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.); the ever so righteous Steve Rogers (Chris Evans); brilliant scientist Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo); former Russian spy Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson); arrow enthusiast Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner); the Asgardian god of thunder, Thor (Chris Hemsworth); and, not to mention, the addition of superhero-siblings Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen).
But it wouldn’t be a movie if it simply ended there. Without the knowledge of their teammates, Tony and Bruce attempt to use the scepter to jumpstart Ultron (James Spader), a peacekeeping program that does anything but “keep peace.” Things backfire badly when Ultron determines that there can be no peace, not unless humanity is wiped from the planet of Earth. The Avengers resolve that they must destroy him before he destroys them. What disappointed many was not exactly the plot, but more specifically parts of the ending, which were somewhat anti-climatic. The journey, however, was both emotional and action-packed.
And, those moments of weakness—those are one of the most breathtaking aspects of the film. Moments like those, tender and sensitive, are rare to find, as most action films focus on the action of course. Age of Ultron, however, manages to highlight the psychological conditions of its characters, exposing to us their fears and their secrets—their human sides.
Age of Ultron itself is ample with laugh-out-loud moments and hilarious exchanges between the members. For some audience members, the comical remarks may not fusewell with the atmosphere, especially when they appear in the midst of intense combat. But, Marvel is known for their light-hearted humor and sarcastic heroes.
Nevertheless, Age of Ultron is indeed an action film, not some sort of romantic comedy. On to the more technical side, in a movie with supernatural beings, the key point is to make their powers look realistic and grand. With the magic of CGI, the film was able to produce fascinating effects which made the fighting scenes appear ten times more epic. Most of the battle scenes—such as the Hulk Buster v. the Hulk, Ultron’s debut, and the final battle with the animatronics against the fearless heroes—wouldn’t have looked as marvelous on screen. The Scarlet Witch would just be twiddling her fingers at her enemies if not for the CGI.
For the second time, our heroic characters have assembled, with the introduction of even more astonishing Marvel heroes. The action-packed fight scenes, the mechanical, atrocious robot, Captain America’s abs, and the whimsical remarks by Iron Man—this is what lured the audience to watch this epic movie. With the movie’s high demand and expectations, it only took 24 days for the film to pass the $1 billion threshold. Despite falling only 5 days short from the first Avengers film to reach the $1 billion mark, the movie had its own charming aspects that left the audience in awe.
If you have watched Marvel movies before, you know that the movie isn’t finished until you witness the clip at the end of the credits. The appearance of Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet is only but a glimpse of what will be expected in the next Avengers film.