My son and I saw an early screening of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron earlier in the week. We loved it. Avengers 2 is not as entertaining as the Guardians of the Galaxy, but it follows the same formula as the first Avengers movie. In other words, the film mixes a superhero drama with a nice blend of action and humor. Even though the dialog was funny, I thought some of the humorous lines were forced — like the characters were trying a little too hard to be funny. I think most people will like the Age of Ultron, but the movie will appeal more to fanboys who know the Marvel universe by heart. There are elements in the story that many people won’t understand the significance of. These elements won’t prevent movie goers from understanding the story, but fanboys will see how these elements connect with the Marvel universe and other Marvel movies. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (Marvel Studios) will open in theaters this weekend. BTW, don’t forget to enter my Avengers 2 giveaway on my dad blog. Continue reading to learn eight things about the superhero film.
Eight Things About Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ironman creates Ultron
The story starts off with the Avengers raiding a Hydra outpost in Sokovia. The Avengers are there to retrieve Loki’s scepter. After they bring it back, Tony Stark discovers artificial intelligence within the scepter. He tinkers around with it and eventually the AI is merged with Tony’s Ultron global defense program. This in turn leads to the creation of Ultron the android who wants to destroy the world. That is Ultron’s solution for peace. Ultron builds an army of androids that look just like him. Then he wages war with the Avengers. A big problem for the Avengers is that Ultron is software-base. That means when he needs to, Ultra can just download himself to another body.
Another arc with the Infinity Stones
Like the other movies made by Marvel Studios, an Infinity Stone is a central element in Avengers: Age of Ultron. This time around, the Mind Stone is revealed. The Mind Stone is one of six Infinity Stones. The Space Stone is the Tesseract from the first Captain America movie. Another Infinity Stone is the Aether from the second Thor movie. The Power Stone was revealed in Guardians of the Galaxy movie last summer. That’s four down with two more Infinity Stones to go.
The Avengers assembled and fought with each other again
In the first Avengers movie, various members of the Avengers fought against each other physically. We also saw the Avengers bickered and criticized one another in the first film. Apparently, history has a habit of repeating itself. In this sequel, the Avengers are fighting against each other again with their fists and their mouths. I get that team members fight, but do we really need to see this again? We already saw Loki trying to split the Avengers up in the first movie. Now we see Ultron doing the exact same thing in the sequel. How many times do we need to see the villain get inside the Avengers heads in an attempt to split them up?
New Marvel characters are introduced
Loki is gone in Avengers 2. He’s replaced with four new characters from the Marvel universe: Ultron, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Vision.
There’s an extra scene in the end credits
If you hang around, there’s an extra scene in the end credits. It’s less than a minute long and it’s only a brief glimpse of Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet.
The original cast returns in Age of Ultron
As expected, Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark / Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner / Hulk), Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow), and Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton / Hawkeye) reprised their roles from the first Avengers movie. New cast members included James Spader (Ultron), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Pietro Maximoff / Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch), and Paul Bettany (Jarvis / Vision). Avengers 2 also featured Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Don Cheadle (James Rhodes / War Machine), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson / The Falcon), and Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter). Avengers: Age of Ultron was directed by Joss Whedon.
Stan Lee makes another appearance
Like many of the Marvel movies, Stan Lee makes a brief appearance. This time around, he shows up at an Avengers party near the beginning of the film.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is rated PG-13
The 141-minute film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments. There really wasn’t anything bad in the movie. The characters even made fun of mildly bad words by saying those words were inappropriate.