As we near the end of ‘Phase Two’ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I would like to make one thing clear. I am not a ‘Marvel hater’. I guess become I’m not a ‘Marvel fanboy’ and there’s no middle ground, I’m thrown to the opposite end of the spectrum. However, at the end of the day, I try to give each Marvel film a fair shot, and I’ve liked quite a few of them. I have a lot of respect for what the studio has done, from a business perspective. That’s my main problem with Marvel though. It’s a business. The movies are made with a strict formula, so as to not risk any box office bombs. Very few of the films end up being bad, but they all end up feeling like the same movie.
The story of Avengers: Age of Ultron, familiar as it is, takes us through the trials and tribulations of the Avengers as they fight various enemies. After Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) attempts to create peacekeeping artificial intelligence, thing go wrong and Ultron (James Spader) tries to destroy all humans, because in his opinion that’s the best way to keep peace.
On the whole, I liked Age of Ultron more than the original. As an audience member, I felt like I had much more control of this film. What I mean by that is that with this movie, the sequence of events seemed to have more purpose. I felt that the plot was more focused and better paced, and the action scenes seemed to have more purpose to the story than just bragging that the Avengers have teamed up (though the CGI-aided oners really started to bother me). It’s obvious that the one-liners aren’t having the same effect that they used to, but I got exactly what I expected from the dialogue.
Juggling six main characters (and constantly adding more) isn’t an easy thing to do, but I think this film does a very successful job of giving each of the stars ample time to shine. Not only were they given opportunities to be awesome, but they were allowed to significantly develop their characters. I also really liked Ultron as a villain. His main purpose was to be a plot motivator, and he did just that. He was intimidating enough for the Avengers to have to invest everything they have to fight him, but grounded enough to not steal the show.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon, Avengers: Age of Ultron will likely be his last foray in the Marvel Universe, and it’s a great film to go out on. It truly feels like a goodbye to Whedon as well as all of the characters in the Avengers. This is the culmination of all of the Marvel movies released so far, and it generally feels like a nice reward to anyone who’s been following along. The film is such a great farewell that the knowledge of Marvel movies being planned well into 2019 leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Age of Ultron is probably my favorite of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it also makes me not want to watch another Marvel movie ever again. 7/10.