We temporarily end MCU Marathon (until Avengers: Infinity War and the overall update with the rest of the MCU films/movies) with the second entry of the Avengers movie series.
1.) Once again, this movie was directed by Joss Whedon, and he still manages to do well in comedy. There are so many comedic moments in this movie via visually or through dialogue that it is hard to pick favorites, but if I have to pick one, it would be with Thor’s hammer: Mjölnir.
This joke is used several times in the movie; one in the clip above and another involving Quicksilver trying to get the hammer. However, the joke gets its payoff when Vision is introduced.
There is even an extra joke about Vision carry Mjölnir by the end of the movie.
These are well done jokes indeed. It may not work in certain moments (some characters are much more comedic than usual), but this is still a funny movie nonetheless.
2.) Once again, since this is a movie with all the other superheroes joining together (except for the Guardians of the Galaxy), many of these characters have great chemistry together. Newcomers like Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Vision are welcome addition to the cast (even if Quicksilver dies in this movie). Even Hawkeye, the Avengers who has the least amount of screen-time throughout the MCU, gets some backstory. With new characters having a chance and some old ones receiving more screen-time, the chemistry between these characters are strong, especially with Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America in the clip above.
3.) This movie is surprisingly emotional at times. A few good plot lines are with Iron Man, Captain America, and the Maximoff Twins. After the events of Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man wants to protect the Earth by using Loki’s staff to create an A.I. that can help do the job, but he accidentally created Ultron who wants to destroy the Earth to ensure peace and prosperity. Understandably, Iron Man feels responsible and guilty for creating a problem and wants to stop him (and would be brought up in Captain America: Civil War). While this one is brief, Captain America’s hallucination with the past and his want to be with Peggy Carter shows his internal depression of never getting what he wants. The Maximoff Twins initially work for Ultron to kill Iron Man, but when they realize that he is going to destroy the world, they refuse and decide to work for the Avengers. Few of those emotional plot lines give this movie a little bit of weight…
1.) …However, some of those emotional plot lines do not exactly work. One glaring plot line is the romance between Bruce Banner and Black Widow. When did these two suddenly have romantic interest with each other? What about Betty Brant? Did Bruce Banner suddenly forget about her and decided to have some slight interest with Black Widow? I understand why he does not want to be in a relationship, but it bothers me that Bruce does not even mention Betty at all during this relationship. The other plot lines with other characters are a little better, but the comedic tone slightly interferes with it. A good balance between the two would probably make this work.
2.) You could make a case that Ultron is a good antagonist in this movie. While there are certain things I like about the character, I wish that he could have been better. They made the character to be slightly emotional, particularly when dealing with his creator, Iron Man.
I understand that are trying to give him some character, but I think it could have been better if he was just an unemotional machine who has proven to be a huge threat just like in Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Not only that, Ultron’s plan in this movie is a little lame, effective but lame: lift the city of Sokovia up to the atmosphere and drop it as a meteor that will destroy the Earth. Ultron in the animated TV show fired nuclear missiles all around the world while making contingencies on the other Avengers like making Tony Stark use only his Mk. I suit, using a beam on Hulk to turn him back into Bruce Banner, and removing the protocol preventing him from hurting Wasp. Even in the comics with the same subtitle already had Ultron ruling the world and killing most of the superheroes. This movie has Ultron as a somewhat crybaby with daddy issues. While I still slightly like this Ultron (especially since he is played by James Spader), he could have been so much better.
3.) There is one scene that is absolutely forced since they need it only to foreshadow the Infinity War, and it does not fit into the movie as a whole. That scene is Thor’s vision of the Infinity Stones.
This scene on its own is fine, but Guardians of the Galaxy did a better job since it is in context of the film.
While the Mind Stone is involved in this movie, the Infinity Stones as a whole are not, and this is a poor way to allude them in the MCU.
With the success of Marvel’s The Avengers, of course they are going to make a sequel of it. The first one was enjoyable if you do not take the flaws into account. With the sequel, the movie tries to be slightly more serious and dramatic than the first, but it results with the flaws being a little more apparent. The comedic tone interferes with its dramatic tone, Ultron could have been a better antagonist instead a robot with daddy issues (even though he is technically like that in the comics, but better), and that allusion with the Infinity Stones had nothing to do with the movie as a whole (not to mention having a poor excuse to have Erik Selvig to come back for a couple of minutes). While I cannot wait to see Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age of Ultron is not really an age per se, but more like a week. It is not really impressive, but it does its job. Ultron is just another excuse for the coming of Thanos and his war with the Avengers.
If you want to see the rest of the MCU movies that I previously reviewed that are not part of the MCU Marathon, those reviews are located under the Marvel Cinematic Universe Marathon tab with brown text. However, I will make an overall update for those films in a moment, so please be patient until then.