The Road To Infinity War Part 11: Avengers : Age Of Ultron
Going into week 11, Avengers Age Of Ultron had a lot to live up to. The movie succeeds in many ways, others not so much. The Super Bowl trailer is still one of my favorites that Marvel has put out, it featured a menacing appearance by Ultron and a foreboding tone. While he finished product wasn’t anywhere near this, the second Avengers outing was enjoyable enough. Phase 2 of the MCU was a bit of a mixed bag so far and in a weird way, Age Of Ultron is in fact a culmination of what was good and bad rolled into one film.
The fan service moments were out in force, big time. Their are a lot of these geek outs sprinkled throughout, everything from the Hulkbuster armor, supporting characters from the solo films mingling with the other Avengers, and of course we can’t forget that tease of Steve Rogers moving Thor’s hammer Mjolnir ever so slightly (the look on Thor’s face was my favorite moment in the film.) I really feel that this was an example of a film paying fan service without pandering to the crowd.
As for as the title character goes, Ultron himself was a bit of a swing and while not a miss, definitely a foul ball. James Spader was a brilliant bit of casting, but some of the lines they gave him were cringeworthy to say the least. Where was the looming threat we saw in the trailer? Despite being a robot, the mustache twirling was evident in several scenes. “Hey guys!” is not something that should ever be uttered by a page to screen version of Ultron. I really wish Marvel would have trusted its audience more.
If I were to compare the two, the original Avengers would be AoU hands down. The stakes were much bigger in the first film, which typically for a sequel of this genre is a bit of a letdown. It’s great that we waste little time getting right back into the team dynamic, you genuinely feel as if they’ve been together for awhile. Even with the new additions of Vision, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch, nothing feels artificial or forced.
At the end of the day, Avengers Age Of Ultron is a slight step down considering expectations. It’s still very enjoyable, if a bit rough around the edges. Their are a lot of fun moments to be had and very much a good addition to the MCU.
HOW IT CONNECTS TO INFINITY WAR: Thanos appears briefly in the post credit scene, grabbing the gauntlet sans Infinity Stones. The Mind Stone plays a very pivotal part throughout the movie. Hot tub Thor experiences a vision of the Infinity Stones and the heroes are made aware that a plan to collect the Stones is underway.