THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS!!
“Men made of metal will tear apart our cities…and the world will be changed forever.” This was the vision Raina had in a set-up episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” In the same episode, Coulson discovers the location of Loki’s scepter and Hydra agent Strucker and initiates “Data Protocol” with Maria Hill. With this, the Avengers are called back into action to battle and a brand new threat in the form of an artificial intelligence being known as Ultron. The movie focuses on the strength of the Avengers working as team amidst the chaos Ultron is ready to unleash upon the Earth in order to usher in a new age. With more characters introduced, Avengers goes bigger with the over the top action and battle scenes ripped straight from the comics. The titular battle between the Hulk and Iron Man is even better when seen in its entirety. It was a joy to see a rampaging Hulk again. This was easily bigger than the tussle the Green Machine had with the God of Thunder aboard the Helicarrier in the first film. As with the Marvel films, humor is used bring the light to an otherwise bleak situation. Tony Stark is quick witted with his usual snarking and even Thor joined in on the fun on occasion. But the most interesting banter comes from Ultron who is depicted with having a dark comedic side. His lines are well written. He’s almost like an evil Tony Stark in a manner of speaking.
From what has already shown in the trailers, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver appear in the film. They first appear as villains until an incident changes them, making the twins choose the right side. However, their backstory has been rewritten to fit the universe set by the “Avengers” films to separate from Quicksilver’s appearance in FOX’s “X-Men: Days of Future’s Past.” This might upset some fans who know that they are the children of Magneto but the change works. Continuing with the trend, “Age of Ultron” has several Easter eggs hidden in the film pointing towards at least future Marvel films. One obvious Easter egg points at the third “Avengers”. Another may set the tone for the third “Thor” film when Thor is shown a vision of an Asgard thrown into disarray and he is at the center of it. The third reference will be missed if you haven’t paid close attention. Hint: it involves an arms dealer and his branded neck.
Overall, Avengers: Age of Ultron has impressed with amazing visuals, in depth look into the development of the characters, over-the-top action and a climactic battle that will keep you watching until the explosive ending. It will certainly be interesting to see how Joss Whedon ties the events of this film into “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The man definitely knows how to keep comic fans happy by staying true to the source material while giving the beloved characters his own vision.
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