Comic Book Movie
Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow are at it again in their misadventures against the forces of chaos. They may be the most celebrated heroes, fictional, or nonfictional, in the United States today, but what is with all the appeal? I mean, yes, Avengers: Age of Ultron is as wildly entertaining as all other additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but is it really worth it to get into a sloppily-pasted together series that can’t find balance within its numerous subplots?
Although there is one thing that it does right, each of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are kept active with their own personal story arc, even if most of them are completely unnecessary to the main conflict between the team and Ultron.
Iron Man steals Loki’s scepter from a European hideaway to build the Ultron Peacekeeping Program, which like in usual sci-fi thriller tradition, turns defective and wants to wipe out the human race.
Hawkeye has a rather touching story of returning to his expectant wife and two kids, like a US soldier coming home.
Hulk and Black Widow develop a romance, probably for no reason other than to keep the only woman on the team active in the most clichéd of ways.
Captain America has debates about the direction the team must go with his fellow partners, and doesn’t do much else besides make some well-timed running gags about cursing.
Thor goes away for a period of time to contact others who can help override Ultron.
Nick Fury comes in briefly but only to give a rather meaningless pep-talk.
Scarlet Witch and her twin Quicksilver, both poorly acted offensive stereotypes towards Eastern Europeans, question their criminal commitments.
Then finally, the title character, Ultron, is a rather boring bad guy with a zero motivation behind his actions. He acts too casual and humanly for an A.I. who desires to eliminate the human race. Was it also necessary to introduce him, the villain, within a Catholic Church? Yeah Marvel, way to just blame the problems of humanity on religion.
While Avengers: Age of Ultron does succeed in delivery of laughter and fun for all viewers, as Marvel is a master at, the staying power of this Avengers sequel is simply not there, due to its many entertaining yet pointless scenes that were put in purely for the trailer’s sake.
The two biggest ones include a competition where they all try to pick up Thor’s hammer (in case you forgot that nobody but he can lift it), and a mad rampage the Hulk goes on by Scarlet Witch’s mind control powers, leading to a long fight between him and Iron Man’s hulkbuster suit. As fun as these may be to watch in the theater or at home with all your friends, I just have to ask: what is the point?
Even if it may contain some pro-human message by the end of this new progressive effort to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it still scratches the surface on a point that it clearly does not care very much about. If you are somebody who still loves these movies in spite of their blaring flaws, then I’m not going to think less of you. But if you haven’t seen any of these movies yet and are considering it, I’d recommend against it. There are plenty of other scientific action adventures that are more carefully crafted with attention to character and philosophy in a way that has much higher replay value.
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The Avengers Age of Ultron Movie. Marvel.com. Web. <http://marvel.com/avengers>.
Walt Disney Pictures. Avengers: Age Of Ultron: The Thing They Dread. Digital image. Times Video. New York Times Company, 27 Jul 2015. Web. <http://www.nytimes.com/video/movies/100000003821671/avengers-age-of-ultron-the-thing-they-dread.html>.