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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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Avengers: Age Of Ultron. New Trailer!

Friday 24th April is when the UK will receive the release of the epic blockbuster ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’. Within the last few hours, a brand new trailer has been released and features ever more footage from the movie and teases us further. When Tony Stark looks to boot up a peace-keeping program, he inadvertently releases the being Ultron, an AI who is set on bringing the end to all human existance. The Avengers must team up to take on their greatest challenge yet, while at the same time survive being in each others company.

Starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader and many other cast members! You do not want to miss this very exciting event for 2015!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

The Eleven Films You Will Be Watching In 2015

These films are to come out during the year 2015. A mix of action, drama, comedy and animation is here. Whether you want a comic book film, a laugh-out-loud experience or to travel to a galaxy far far away, this is the list for you. So, what eleven films will you definitely are seeing next year?

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Need I say more? The first film became the third highest-grossing film of all time, heralded critical acclaim all over the world and saw some of the most popular comic characters of all time finally come together in this massively epic story. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and the rest are back to save the world yet again. This time, instead of battling the trickster god Loki, the team are to take on the mad robot Ultron (James Spader) as he looks to eradicate the human race. Be prepared for lots of action, humour, mayhem and possibly the biggest movie to come out this year!

Ant-Man

Completing Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ant-Man already has its work cut out for it as not only does it have to contend with carrying on the MCU after Age Of Ultron, but also it needs to establish a new rotation of characters the world. Edgar Wright may have left the project, but indications show that the combination of Peyton Reed and Adam McKay may just pay off and bring us a gem. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas star in this movie which chronicles one of Marvel’s oldest franchises and finally brings Ant-Man to the big screen.

Spectre

Bond 24 now has a title, and the idea that SPECTRE is involved is very exciting. The group, known since the first official bond film in 1962, will be taking centre stage in the latest outing for Daniel Craig. Playing Bond for the fourth time, Craig is about to face Christoph Waltz as he becomes Franz Oberhauser (though many assume this a red herring and that he shall actually play Blofeld who was a staple of the classic Bond films). With the filming just started, it is a long way to October 2015 and we can’t wait to see if this film can top Skyfall!

Fifty Shades Of Grey

I don’t get why this film is made. I know many women are going to go and see this and drag their boyfriend/fiancée/husband to see it. Coming out on Valentines weekend, the film is looking to really take the business and going to the cinema will be a plan for some men to keep their partner happy. Northern Irish actor Jamie Dorman plays the male lead to Dakota Johnson and looks to be one of the most explicit films of the year. If a woman has read the book and liked it, you can be sure they will be sat in the cinema in February watching it.

Furious 7

Next, we say goodbye to actor Paul Walker as his last film is out in 2015. After being delayed following the death of Paul and still having shots to be done, re-writes were put in place and filming was complete using Paul Walker’s brothers and helping bring the movie to a conclusion. Vin Diesel, The Rock, Michelle Rodriguez and more return for the new instalment. Will the franchise continue following the loss of Paul Walker? Who knows? Will you be seeing this film when it comes out? Yes!

Pitch Perfect 2

Ok, I have not seen Pitch Perfect, but I know how popular it was when released. Anna Kendrick led the 2012 musical-comedy with Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Rebel Wilson as part of its cast. The songs were instant hits which spawned the song ‘Cups’ which hit No. 6 in the US single charts and won lots of awards. Compared to Glee, the show was positively seen for its fun characters, comedic tone and having a top soundtrack. If you like music in your comedy movies, this is definitely for you!

Ted 2

Seth MacFarlane brings back the foul-mouthed, ridiculously cute Ted for a second outing in 2015. With his best friend John (Mark Wahlberg) by his side, the two are set to make more laughs and make as big an impact as the first time. Mila Kunis may not be in this one, but with a cast including Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, David Hasselhoff and the return of Sam J. Jones (AKA Flash Gordon). This movie looks to get even funnier and bring about even more stand out moments.

Jurassic World

Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs! More Dinosaurs! Chris Pratt leads the cast of this upcoming sequel to the classic Jurassic Park and it looks good. Hybrid Dinosaurs look set to be the big bad in this film as the park, which is now fully functioning, looks to become in trouble again. Following the years of being in development hell, the movie is finally about to see the light of day and early footage looks impressive. With a new cast, updated CGI and the award winning combination of director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly, I think we will be in safe hands when we return to Isla Nublar.

Terminator Genisys

Is it a remake, a reboot, a sequel, a prequel or something else? The answer seems to be yes. Keeping to the same basic story, the story of a future where machines have taken over the world and are in war with the human race. John Connor sends back his friend Kyle Reese to protect his mother Sarah. On arriving in the past, she is already being looked after by a protector, the T-800. Showing an aged Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator, he is back and ready to fight any and all dangers. Showcasing elements made famous in Terminator 1 and 2, this movie looks set to change all that we know before and create a new legacy. Will Terminator Genisys be worth the effort and turn out good? We will find out. The trailer looks rather decent.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars had to come back. Being one of the most successful franchises of all time, J.J. Abrams steps behind the camera of Episode VII to give us the world post-empire and see what happened with Luke, Leia, Han and the others after Darth Vader was defeated. Set 30 years after Return Of The Jedi, the new film follows a new threat and will unite heroes old and new to take the threat on. Though not out until December 18th 2015, we recently got a glimpse of what to expect in an 88 second teaser trailer, and we were most certainly teased. Look out for your favourite characters, intense action and that John Williams soundtrack which just had to be there.

Minions

No explanation needed. The Minions are probably the most popular animated characters since The Simpsons. They are cute, simple, harmless and funny. This film is a prequel to the hit Despicable Me films and follows three of the minions as they look to serve the most evil person they can find. Being around since the dawn of time, they always look to do the best they can for their master. With this guaranteed to be a hit with the kids and hopefully keeping the humour which had the adults laughing along too, don’t be surprised if Minions was to become the hit film of the summer holidays.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Our first official trailer, and what it means to Agents Of Shield!

A short while ago it was announced that Avengers: Age Of Ultron would be debuting its first official trailer on Tuesday 28th October 2014 on ABC in America during that nights episode of Agents Of Shield. The show itself has been struggling in the ratings since its return, although the critical reception has been higher than its first series, the show looks to be in trouble if ratings continue to drop. This was almost seen as a lifeline and would have had plenty of people glued to the TV to see the first footage of what will be 2015’s most anticipated movie. But then this happened…

The trailer had been leaked online early (Actually about 6-12 hours ago). Marvel, obviously not wanting to leave the fans with a rough trailer being passed around, officially unveiled their trailer and also took to twitter to jokingly state “Dammit, HYDRA.” at the news of the leak. So, I doubt Agents of Shield will air the trailer now, but maybe they use something else to get a crowd in? So we now have the full trailer (which you can watch here, it is bloody good! James Spader is definitely going to be brilliant as Ultron!) which you can enjoy from now until April 24th when Avengers: Age Of Ultron is released in the UK (Yes, one week before the US. Sweet!). Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron follows the cast of 2012’s Smash Hit The Avengers as the heroes are brought together to fight their toughest enemy yet. When Tony Stark attempts to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program with Ultron, Ultron then decides the human race is the enemy and looks to eradicate them from existence. The heroes will need allies old and new to help defeat this threat as the whole world is in danger.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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