Avengers: Quips of Ultron (SPOILERS)
By Jake Buchanan
With Marvel studios becoming such a juggernaut with their cinematic universe audiences always get excited when a new film comes out, but with Avengers: Age of Ultron the stakes were higher than they were before due to this being the second time where all of the Avengers reunite and appear in the same movie.
Age of Ultron was a fantastic way to kickoff the summer movie season with tons of action, close calls, and moments that left you either laughing or speechless. Now what were the more interesting and better parts of the movie were the character developments of Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and finally The Vision.
These four characters were heavily involved with the main story of Age of Ultron and more or less they stole the spotlight from the other Avengers, but even with these characters at the forefront the audience was still given the original Avengers (Ironman, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and Black Widow) in important subplots that furthered their own individual stories in the MCU.
Captain America and Ironman dropped hints of Civil War crumbs here and there, Thor teases moments on what’s to come in Thor: Ragnarok, and the further development of Hulk and Black Widow’s progressing relationship. Out of all of these original Avengers it was Hawkeye who truly shined in this sequel which is why I believe one day it’ll be Hawkeye/Clint Barton taking over the leadership role for the Avengers above anyone else, because that’s what was exactly the performance given and what his story told.
With the introductions of Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and The Vision I thought these weren’t only well done, but the connection that I made with these three characters was very strong due to the twins back story and also The Vision’s interactions with the rest of the Avengers was amazing.
Also the catchphrase for Age of Ultron has to be “What? You didn’t see that coming?” because not only was it thrown around so many times by Hawkeye and Quicksilver, but also once a certain moment happens something clicked in my mind. Which was that phrase was actually Joss Whedon saying to all the “Smart” Marvel movie fans think again! In the words of Rowdy Roddy Piper “Once you think you have the answers, I change the questions!”, because that’s exactly what Joss Whedon did here in Age of Ultron.
Now of course like any and all movies Age of Ultron had its flaws, and personally I could find only three situations and choices that didn’t sit right, because of how they were presented in the movie.
I know that overall this movie was suppose to be almost 3-3.5 hours long, but was chopped down to 2.5 which made the cut scenes noticeable and once I started noticing these little strange jumps in moments from scene to scene it broke my concentration on the movie for about a minute or two. As I began to finally tune that minor distraction off I proceeded to enjoy the rest of the movie, but I hope Marvel decides to release a Director’s Cut of Age of Ultron and maybe that’ll help this problem I had with it.
Now these last two problems I had with Age of Ultron are somewhat intertwined and are the biggest problem people have with most Marvel movies in general, and that’s the character development of Ultron and no specific music for individual Avengers at all.
As I talked about above with the cut scenes taking my head out of the movie the music for Ultron should’ve made my mind stayed in tune, but since Marvel doesn’t focus on the music aspects of their characters this is no surprise to why I was able to tune out for a few minutes.
Honestly Marvel does need to bring in someone to fix these minor problems, because even though this is minor it’s easy to fix and once they do work things out with their scores I believe it’ll help further their future projects by keeping audience members in instead of them tuning out for a few seconds and/or minutes.
Throughout the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe there has been no overall truly powerful villain that has been developed in the movies, and people might say “Loki!” which isn’t true anymore due to the love the character gets by the fans which formed him into a anti-hero in Thor: The Dark World. Another argument can be made with Thanos but the character hasn’t fully arrived yet in the MCU, but only has a few cameos made with Guardians of the Galaxy and the end credit scene to the original Avengers movie. I thought Ultron was going to be the exclamation point to truly oppose the Avengers and strike fear into the audience, but even with amazing voice over work by James Spader(Ultron) was infected with the Marvel villain virus.
Ultron from the trailers leading up to the movie came off as a serious main villain that was not just going to destroy the world but also the Avengers, but in the movie Ultron was destroying the world only while shooting off quips every moment he could. Ultron basically came off as a Tony Stark terminator that just wanted to destroy the world to reform it in his image, but wants to mainly destroy Ironman due to him being his creator. There’s a moment in the movie where basically Ultron shows he has “daddy issues” which is why he hates Ironman, but what made Ultron intimidating was how he’s able to use the internet to his advantage throughout the movie.
I was looking forward to Ultron being a merciless killer robot that sent out legions of his robots to cause massive destruction more than sending out legions of quips while not causing as much mass destruction as I envisioned, but overall the characters banter with numerous characters was good but I was expecting a darker and merciless villain in Age of Ultron.
Age of Ultron took a new direction with the franchise, had amazing character developments, awesome action, but it fell to the same problems most Marvel movies have and that’s why I’m going to give Age of Ultron a 4/5 rating.
Avengers: Age of Ultron did break into my Top 5 Marvel movies but it is literally number five on my Top 5 due to it falling short of what Guardians, Avengers, Winter Soldier, and Iron Man brought to my excitement level as a Marvel fan.
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