So the Avengers: Age Of Ultron is finally out everywhere and it… is… glorious! Though before I start spilling any of the secret, analyzing things or revealing Spoilers of any nature, here is my Spoiler Free Review for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Compare But Don’t Contrast To The Avengers (2012):
First thing’s first. You’ve probably heard a lot of people say it’s not as good as The Avengers. Well, get that idea out of your head because it is every bit as good, just different. Remember that The Avengers did something no one thought was possible, bring together the lead characters from several different films while simultaneously introducing new ones and making one huge interconnected story. Does Avengers: Age Of Ultron do that as well? Yes, but the novelty will never be as strong as it was during that first time. Will you still get chills up and down your spine when you see the Avengers all assembled? Yes, but you will always remember your first time.
That being said, you must still remember that this is AVENGERS 2. It’s not just a ‘close off of Marvel Phases 2’. It is as much of a follow up of The Avenger as it was a follow up to Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As such, you will find how Loki’s Scepter from the first film still wreaks havoc on the world. This serves as the bridging point between the two films and holds quite a few interesting twists as you’ll come to find. Similarly, if the first film’s theme was “Can you bring these heroes together”, this film will ask “Can they REMAIN together”.
Characters & Story:
We already know the Avengers and have them as a team, but its that dynamic that this film fully explores. Don’t expect the light storytelling of the first one. This film is PACKED with character development and pasts, as well as the origins of many new characters that will be explored through phase 3. In fact, there were so many Phase 3 set-ups in this film, I might just have to dedicate an entire article to that.
So pay attention and you will see many old and new faces for the film. It’s a sequel so no hand holding. This film picks up in media res and it doesn’t slow down for a bit. When the team isn’t wrestling with Hydra or Ultron, they will be wrestling with not only who their teammates are, but also who they themselves are.
The amount of hilarious moments and one-liners in this film are incredible; and considering Ultron is partially based off of Tony Stark’s mind you know he inherited some of his fathers snark. Though it’s not just the jokes that are prominent in this film, but also how the team interacts with each other. The team is now a family and sometimes that means they make fun of each other. Tempers might flare, but the humor certainly rises as well.
The Best Kept Secrets:
As someone who has been following the news updates about this film for over a year now, I was very worried I would go into this film and not be surprised. Though I can honestly say there was so much I didn’t expect. I of course won’t tell you what those things were since that would be spoilers, but I think the prime example – as we all know – is the character of Vision. Marvel did a great job concealing him from the trailers and most clips, so seeing him in action is absolutely stunning and SO worth the wait.
Duh. There is a post credits scene – well, Mid Credits to be precise. After the initial half of the credits roll you will get a very brief Post Credits, which I’ll explain, in a future article, but after that no Post Post Credits
The Avengers: Age Of Ultron articles aren’t finished yet. Once you’ve seen the film, please check out the The Top 5 Ways Age of Ultron Set Up Marvel’s Phase 3, the Top 7 Funniest Moments and a MASSIVE Declassified article explaning all the film’s finer points and secrets.