Finally, the eagerly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron has been unleashed and we have seen it. Check out our review right here on Screen Critix.
It’s been a couple of long years since it was announced that the next Avengers film was to be called Age of Ultron. Fans have been waiting with baited breath, eager to watch their Marvel heroes take to the big screen once more, and finally they have.
The film starts with a bang, as the super hero team try and finish off Hydra for good – tying up the loose ends from the end of Captain America: Winter Soldier and the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the process. They also manage to recapture Loki’s sceptre and its power source. Once back at base, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr) find’s an A.I that Hydra have been working on and both he and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) try to combine it with Jarvis to make an Ultron programme to help protect mankind.
Unfortunately for them, things don’t go according to plan and the Ultron that is formed has a plan of its own – the destruction of mankind. The robot, along with help from a pair of twins – Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen respectively) – become a formidable enemy for the Avengers.
Once again directed by Joss Whedon, Age of Ultron is bigger, darker and better than the first instalment. The set-pieces are more spectacular too. Take for example the epic battle between a rampaging Hulk and Iron Man in his Hulkbuster uniform; the two duking it out and causing some serious damage to the city the fight takes place in.
In a way of showing that an Avengers film is more of a celebration than a normal instalment, Age of Ultron bombards us with cameos from characters seen in earlier films. The likes of War Machine, Falcon, Nick Fury, Heimdall, Peggy Carter, Maria Hill and Erik Selvig all show up. Unlike the first Avengers film though, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) is fleshed out a tonne more. We get to see his background and personality as he become more of a leading man instead of a background player, which was great to see too.
One disappoint with the movie though was that Ultron was rather under used and underdeveloped. Stating that the character is a global threat may be true, but he doesn’t come close to his full potential and basically leaves with a fizzle rather than the bang the character deserves.
Two welcome additions to the cinematic universe come in the shape of Scarlet Witch and The Vision. Using her telekinetic powers, Scarlet Witch forces the team of heroes to face their worst fears and is force to be reckoned with. As for The Vision, he too never gets to show his full potential, but what he does show is all very cool and we know he will play a much larger role in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War films.
All in all, Age of Ultron is another solid movie from Marvel Studios. Whilst it may not be as great as Winter Soldier, it is certainly an improvement on Avengers Assemble. Bring on Ant-Man in July.