Sound Off: Marvel Studio's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
May 1, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "There is only one path to peace… your extinction." Now playing around the world is Marvel Studio's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly-anticipated sequel to Joss Whedon's The Avengers from 2012. The whole cast is back for a superhero team-up unlike anything, but this time the villain is a creation of their own. Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Evans as Cap, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as Vision. Directed by Joss Whedon. So how is it? Better than the first? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Avengers: Age of Ultron.
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To fuel the fire, I was considerably let down by Avengers: Age of Ultron, mostly because it doesn't really amount to much nor does it ever top the first Avengers movie in any way. I'm not sure if it's just one big continuing setup for Thanos, or what, but it feels like another filler movie to just progress everything. Even the action never tops the first one, with the best fight scene being Hulk vs Iron Man, but beyond that the rest is a bit like "that's it?" which seemed odd for this sequel. It feels like it is way too much of a product of Disney more than Marvel; while being a darker story it still plays to overly safe family guidelines, right down to superheroes with a family and saving kids. Vision is awesome, but appears at the end and is barely shown.
Aside from Vision, I did enjoy Ultron's voice, by James Spader. It was cool to see him play it so casually, and not robotically, so to say. Though I'm fairly sure Artificial Intelligence was covered so much better in Ex Machina. Whedon makes some good choices here and there, with a few great moments. Scarlet Witch was weird, and Quicksilver was way better in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but they have some nice moments at the end. I do still like the way they use with the Hulk character, but not all of it works, though I dug his interactions with Scarlett Johansson in this. The most I can say is that I had fun watching, it is an epically entertaining movie with all the cheesy fangasm moments you'd expect (Thor's Hammer! so funny). But beyond that? It's rather forgettable. I agree with pretty much everything in this Talkhouse illustrated review.
What did you think of Marvel Studio's Avengers: Age of Ultron? Bigger & better, or terrible?
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