Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, James Spader
Directed by Joss Whedon
Summer’s big blockbusters like Ant-Man, Jurassic World, and Fantastic Four are about to hit but we might have just seen one of the best in early May. Avengers: Age of Ultron has the whole package to entertain audiences with its action, thriller, humor, and little bit of romance on the side. Not to say the upcoming movies won’t be good, but they won’t have that satisfying ending like after watching a group of superheroes save the world.
Age of Ultron brings some of our favorite superheroes back and this time we know them a little better, (All except for Hawkeye who spent the first Avengers in the shadows working for Loki). It’s nice to see them working in harmony now that they’ve figured out it’s easier to save the world that way… though Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) still has some issues with the word “teamwork”. In the group’s best interest of focusing on the little world-problems than the big outer-space-aliens one, he asks Dr. Banner (Ruffalo) to help him use artificial intelligence to create a peace-making robot. The freewill of his creation does not go the way he hoped.
Everything that made the first Avengers successful works again in the sequel. Just when the Avengers think they are the most powerful team on Earth, three new characters are introduced to prove them wrong: Scarlet Witch (Olsen), Quicksilver (Taylor-Johnson), and Ultron (Spader). There’s enough screen time for these baddies to round them out so that by the end of the movie, you kind of care what happens to them. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are twins who volunteered as an experiment to get their powers of mind control and speed. Like most well developed villains their sad backstory is the motivation for why they want to punish the Avengers. They watched their parents die and it was at the hands of Stark’s weapons. Stark has a lot coming to him in this movie.
There’s also the characterization of Clint (Renner) that needed to be fleshed out. We hadn’t seem much of him in the last movie to know what he was like, so in this sequel he takes a lot more action with a surprising twist about his personal life. It also reveals the nature behind why he and Natasha’s friendship hadn’t evolved when a love life seemed possible in the first movie. Instead that love interest is transferred to Dr. Banner who is the yin to Natasha’s yang. She seems to be the only one who can calm down the Hulk.
I think what makes this movie work so well is the fact that we have six Avengers to entertain us. Between the fun banter and action-mode these guys work on to save the planet, they give us someone to root for and at the end it makes us feel good. While other superhero movies are enjoyable, the Avengers just make us want more sequels.