This is the superhero movie that brings all the explosions

Featuring
Robert Downey Jnr, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner as The Avengers
Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Anthony Mackie as even more future Avengers
Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders as the remnants of SHIELD
Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver
and James Spader as Ultron
with cameos from Agent Carter and Heimdall

Sometimes I think we don’t need the superhero movies that are limited only to each individual character. They should just plow all the money into The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy movies so that we can get more Marvel superhero team based CGI mayhem. Or something like that, because the first Avengers movie was pretty cool. What about the second? How does it stack up?

In the aftermath of the alien invasion of New York, The Avengers are hunting for Loki’s scepter. The hunt takes them to Sokovia, an anonymous poor Eastern European city state in the mountains. There they track down the scepter, but also two of Hydra’s experimental newest weapons, Max and Wanda Maximoff, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Yeah, there’s no Magneto here, so their origins as poor orphaned Eastern European kids means they also bring terrible Eastern European accents.

The Avengers manage to find the scepter, and they bring it back to Tony Stark’s penthouse secret lab in the middle of Manhattan. I always thought it was a dumb idea to have a fully operational battlestation weapons laboratory in the middle of a densely populated city, but this is a comic book movie. There, Stark and Banner discover an aritifical intelligence inhabits the scepter and they attempt to bring it out to create Ultron, an entity that could stop any discernable external threats to Earth.

Unfortunately, artificla intelligences are fickle things, and Ultron ends up being a genocidal maniac which despises The Avengers and humanity. It’s up to The Avengers to stop Ultron and his army of murder bots.

Age of Ultron doesn’t possess the same strong sense of humour that the first Avengers did. It’s a bit darker, with more at stake aside from just the fate of humanity. The Avengers themselves are in that phase where they’re all good at what they do, but the inevitable personal conflicts arise amidst adversity.

At nearly two and a half hours, Age of Ultron is definitely worth the price of admission. You get a spectacular Marvel movie with all your favourite characters with the tantalising promise of even more Avengers in the pipeline for the inevitable sequels based on the Infinity Wars series.

Rating

A good movie that’s probably not quite as endearing as the first Avengers movie.

Watch this if you…

Are now as heavily invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as everyone else seems to be.

Don’t watch this if you…

Only like DC Comics movies. Then again, you’re just a sucker for loads of Superman and Batman reboots, so who cares?

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