Age of Ultron, Marvel’s multiple trick stallion
REVIEW - Like any year hundreds of thousands of comic fans gather up to go to the theaters and watch the new superhero movies. With Avengers: Age of Ultron comes another action-packed, funny and sometimes dramatic blockbuster filled with your favorite characters like Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America and Thor. With Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon proves that after three years, he still got it. Prepare yourself for two hours and twenty minutes of popcorn entertainment.
It will be of no surprise when I tell you that yet again the all famous Avengers have to save the world. During the first seconds of the movie you’ll be sucked in the action. It only takes one camera shot. Like a well-timed and practiced choreography the camera leads you from one superhero to another while they try to get rid of hundreds of bad guys. We see Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) using his highly technological suit to blow them up, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) his godly hammer to strike them down, The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) turning green and going on a rampage and Captain America (Chris Evans) throwing his shield in their faces.
Ultron, the villain
The protagonist in this movie is not your typical undefeatable creature or person. It’s an android, created by Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Bruce Banner (The Hulk). The android gets named Ultron and is voiced by James Spader. Ultron was made to make the world a better place. Instead it created its own conscience and wanted to endure. It figured out that humans were the cause of all the bad things happening. So, it automatically saw humans as the lesser unevolved beings living on Earth.
Room for expansion
The story of the previous Avengers movie has six characters but it focuses on the four main characters, who all had separate movies in the theaters. This time there’s room for expansion. The fearsome archer, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and the Russian assassin Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) get a more prominent role. Although Age of Ultron is an overload of action to the brain, it seems to have made room for an actual romance. Entwined with all the action there’s a fling between Black Widow and Bruce Banner.
Marvel Entertainment was bought by Disney in 2009, which led to a lot of criticism from fans. Age of Ultron proves that not much has changed. Disney just lets Marvel do what it’s good at: make good family-friendly action movies. An original sample from Pinocchio was used as a reference, a pleasant wink at Disney.
The Marvel Universe contains so many superheroes. Every year we see five or six new superhero movies coming out in the cinema: a new X-Men, Ant-Men, Spiderman, Wolverine, Guardians of the Galaxy. As Marvel fan I find it hard to not twist up different stories from different characters. Marvel came up with the idea to bring a lot of superheroes together. More specifically those who are owned by Marvel (for example X-Men is owned by 20th Century Fox). They use different movies to cross over and have the same plot at the end. As it is for the moment, Marvel uses the occurrence of the Infinity Stones and one powerful foe named Thanos at the post credit scene of every Marvel movie. So, be warned! Remain seated, even if you think the movie is over, it’s not.