Avengers: Age Of Ultron. “Right, don’t mention puny Banner…”

Well, Hulk vs Iron Man provides this line, but there is more!

Age Of Ultron gives us twins with powers, a synthetic android, the six heroes who saved New York from the Chitauri and a bat-s**t crazy AI whom is bent on destroying all mankind for not wanting to change. The Avengers are back and the action is almost instantly flying at you. Viewers of Captain America: The Winter Soldier will know that Pietro and Wanda Maximoff (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch) are on their way. This gives a huge set piece which only leads to an even grander scale situation when we first meet “Ultron”. An AI worked on by Tony Stark to help The Avengers and protect the world. Using technology not of this world, the villainous robot is born and Ultron takes little time to assemble himself and look to destroy his enemy The Avengers. The action is huge, taking in many locations around the world. We get a more global adventure than in the 2012 Avengers. But, do make sure you know details from the previous movies as a few times you may be a bit stuck with what is happening.

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Unlike many villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you almost feel for Ultron, even though he desires nothing more than to destroy all humans (sounding like Bender from Futurama, though with more actual killing). He seems to only want to do what he feels is right, he wants the world to be safe and move on to a new stage of evolution. While we see Ultron look to perfect himself, we see The Avengers deteriorate before our eyes as friction between the team grows. Iron Man and Captain America show some animosity between each other, which will only fuel 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Thor goes on his own side quest, but all becomes clear when he returns to make a necessary assist (and possibly tease Ragnarok). Black Widow and Hulk seem to be a bit more than friends in this movie, am I the only one who remembers Betty Ross? You know, the woman that Bruce Banner apparently was so in love with that he was willing to take on her vindictive father? Just me then! All these characters seem troubled and fragile, especially when they get to see what fear is within them. Though I must say Hawkeye is probably getting out in the best condition on the team, luckily he is kept with his own mind this time throughout. The story is not the strongest, though the quips and character portrayals certainly are gripping and entertaining. We get an almost full circle with the film beginning and almost ending in the same place, though the actual end gives a lot to look forward to going ahead to Phase Three of the MCU.

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So, let’s have an analysis. This film has loads of characters, so many named characters old and new. Think Game Of Thrones blended with superheroes. Highlight characters include Hawkeye, whom Jeremy Renner seems to really make good use of and even at times makes joking references to his character’s portrayal in the first film and gets some of the funnier lines. Scarlett Johansson gets to reveal more about the past of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow as we find out more about how she became the assassin we know. Mark Ruffalo laps up the screen effortlessly with every appearance, either with his brooding and haunting gaze as Dr Banner and when he is tearing up a city as The Hulk. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen shine as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, though I must say that Scarlet Witch is the one who is probably a more revolutionary character and the one to look out for in the future. Paul Bettany gets to bring two characters out to Avengers: Age Of Ultron and does so brilliantly. With J.A.R.V.I.S. he continues to be the obedient AI for his creator Tony Stark, but as The Vision he really gets to have a life of his own and glows as this new creation. Finally, James Spader did a superb job as Ultron. Clearly the best villain of Phase Two, he offers a very grounded and brutal performance which only has so far been matched by Jeff Bridges Obadiah Stane and topped by Tom Hiddleston’s  Loki. A villain who you will hate, but not as much as you should.

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You will find yourself laugh at one time or another because of all of the characters. The humour and wit you recognise Joss Whedon for is still here. Where the first time it seemed almost unexpected, this movie you are guaranteed some laughs at some of the least likely areas of the two hour plus running time. This is a great movie; you will be hard pressed to find a dull moment. Though, the saturation of so many characters (though most of them we know) is a bit of a stretch to get in with such little time for them all. Maybe one or two could have been dropped, but we must anticipate a similar situation when Captain America: Civil War arrives (check out who is supposed to be in this one, you will see what I mean). Great lines, top action and a filling experience for all but maybe far too many set-ups for Phase Three of the MCU and too much going on. It shall be difficult to find many comic book films that can top movie. You can’t stop The Avengers!

Final Rating: 8.5/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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