Release Date: May 1st.
Written by: Joss Whedon.
Directed by: Joss Whedon.
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, and Paul Bettany.
Going into Avengers: AOU, we basically knew what to expect: lots of big action scenes, a few "Holy shit!" moments, plenty of humor, plenty of sentimentality, and maybe some cool Easter Eggs. The real question was how well would they work. For us, me in particular, the main thing that I wanted from AOU was for Vision and Scarlet Witch's debuts to be awesome, which they were. Everything else being good would just be a bonus of sorts.
As far as that everything else goes, AOU is a busy, cramped, and sometimes rushed movie, that tries to pack far too many things into its 141 minute runtime, but for the most part, it worked well.
So was it better than, worse than, or the same as the first movie? All three, actually.
|NO ARMOR, JUST ULTRON.|
Really, what else is there to say?
|BEST BROFIST EVER.|
You could look at this movie as one massive set-up for future movies like Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and the Infinity Wars sequels, because it basically is. We don't mind that at all though, because for all of its "We have to cram 90 things into this one movie" craziness, AOU is a fun, and sometimes even great movie.
|SHE WAS GREAT.|
- Vision: They not only got him right, they got him perfect. Much like The Hulk did in the first movie, Vision owns the sequel's best moments. Paul Bettany was the perfect choice to play the enigmatic Avenger.
- Scarlet Witch: They got her pretty right too, and Elizabeth Olsen was an equally inspired choice for the role. She's a powerful mutant (although she can't ever be called that in the MCU, for legal reasons), and it was awesome to see a hint of that power at the end.
- Hawkeye: For some reason, we loved his story in this one, and we would have gladly stayed in his world for far longer. He really needs a solo movie.
- Thor was extra cool in this one, and any part that involved his hammer pretty much owned the movie.
- James Spader as Ultron: Sure, Ultron was a bit more humorous that we expected him to be, but there's just something about him that made for an awesome villain. We credit James Spader for making him come off as great as he did.
- The Hulkbuster-Hulk brofist.
- The Action: There was a ton of it, and most of it felt very comic book-y. That's a good thing.
- The movie was too busy: There were a lot of plotlines in this one, both big and small, and at times they felt way too cramped together. This movie needed another 30-40 minutes of "room" to allow the story, its plotlines, and its characters to breathe.
- The Twins: As great as their characters were, their storyline, and the ways that it went, seemed rushed. Magneto's children deserve better than that!
- There was a little too much wit in this one. We like wit, and the actors in the Avengers flicks are great at delivering the witty lines, but it seemed like every other minute that someone was cracking wise, snarking, or trying to be cute. That's mainly a Joss Whedon thing though, and we won't have to deal with that anymore going forward.
- The romance between Black Widow and Bruce Banner felt a little forced. If anything, they've played up a romance between her and Hawkeye, or her and Cap, far more in previous films, and it just kinda felt like their new-found love came out of nowhere.
- Baron Von Strucker, a classic Marvel villain, was basically just a bit player in AOU, and that kinda sucks. He was absolutely wasted here.
|YEAH, THOR, YOU ALMOST LOST ASGARD!|
|YOU SEXY LITTLE ENCHANTRESS.|
See it, and enjoy.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters now.
Lizzie Olsen, Scarlett Johansson may not be the hottest Avenger any longer... or at least it's just not as clear cut as we once thought it was. It is safe to say that Cobie Smulders is the hottest S.H.I.E.L.D. agent though. By far.