Director: Joss Whedon
Stars: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Aaron Tyler-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders.
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The Avengers are back. Three years after the team first got together to save the world from the alien invasion known as the Chitauri led by Loki. After the events of Thor 2, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier the team is back together working as their own unit free from S.H.I.E.L.D. taking out the remaining Hydra bases and to retrieve once more, Loki’s scepter.
After retrieving the scepter, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) get the blessing of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to do some research and figure out just what exactly the scepter is and what it can do. During these tests they soon discover what appears to be a living organism inside the gem and use it to try and create something called Ultron. Tony Stark’s end game. His way to protect the world and get world “peace in our time”.
Ultron (voice of James Spader) comes to life inside a computer and quickly becomes self-aware with the main objective of creating world peace. Unfortunately the only way Ultron sees to do that is to destroy the Avengers and much more.
Without a doubt this is the biggest Marvel Film to date with new additions to the Avengers roster including Quicksilver (Aaron Tyler-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Paul Bettany (The Vision). Paul Bettany has previously voiced J.A.R.V.I.S., Iron Man/Tony Stark’s A.I. making this his first on screen appearance in the Marvel cinematic universe.
Don Cheadle makes his third appearance in the franchise as War Machine. He has since gone away with the “Iron Patriot” that we got to know and deal with in Iron Man 3. Despite the limited screen time Cheadle is quite interesting and a great addition to the Avenger team. Another “fresh” face to the team is Anthony Mackie who plays The Falcon. Like Cheadle he only has a minor role in this film but he leaves you wanting more of what you saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Robert Downey Jr. is back as Tony Stark for the 6th time. Once again the charismatic star is at the forefront of the film grabbing a lot of the audience’s attention. We finally get a look at the “Hulkbuster” suit that comic fans have been waiting for. The fight between Iron Man and The Hulk is one of the most enjoyable action series of the film. One thing that is done well in this film is raising the stakes for the other heroes in the Avengers. We finally get more context on the true origins of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and some of her troubled and depressing past. Also highlighted with some back story is Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) who many felt was underutilized in the first film. Age of Ultron gives us a lot more back story and depth to Hawkeye making it feel like he is really an important member of this team. Captain America (Chris Evans) has adjusted to his role as the leader of the Avengers. Forever the Boy Scout and he still has some learning to do as far as modernization goes however his military skills and effective strategies come in handy as he leads the Avengers.
The action in this movie is fantastic. A real treat to watch from some really brilliant CGI (a lot of CGI) and some amazing stunts you are on the edge of your seat most of the time. What sets Avengers: Age of Ultron apart from its predecessor is that it takes more time to get you invested in the characters. You as the viewer feel like the world really is in trouble and you are holding your breath a lot of the time wondering what will happen next. Who will die? The only real downside to this film is that there is no explanation as to why the Avengers are suddenly a team again. They are expecting the viewer to just accept it and move on, which is fine as this is a very enjoyable film.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of the most anticipated films of the season and it delivers on just about all fronts. Casual fans get a good experience from a great action movie that offers both drama, love and a solid mix of humor. This movie leaves you wanting more. The good news is that you will get more in a few years with Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2 coming in 2018 and 2019 respectively. In the meantime Marvel has a full slate of movies to keep us entertained. Ant Man, coming this summer. Marvel has also revealed the “Phase 3” lineup which offers 7 more movies to keep viewers coming in. Captain America: Civil war, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Inhumans. A massive line up of films introducing a series of characters who Marvel will have all battling in the grand Infinity War Films. Buckle up.
Please Note: There is no post credits scene. There is a mid-credits scene only so you do not need to sit through all the credits of the film, although it is a nice gesture to recognize the thousands of people who worked on this film.