Nothing is going to stop the Marvel movies being awesome. As far as sheer entertainment goes, they are at the top level, bringing a mix of humour, emotion and action with a great storyline to cater to all audiences. It just comes down to how well they mix all these elements that defines where the movie will rank against the rest.
Age of Ultron brings back the team of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Hulk to fight an enemy that should be too much for one of them to handle single handily.
In this outing they take on Ultron, an A.I. that has infected the entire digital world, and has set about to carry out his task of saving the human race in a slightly deluded way. James Spader provides the voice for a robot that at first appears sinister but eventually I felt he lacked any evil-ness. I feel like my toaster is more devious than he was, the way it mocks me for not knowing the correct time to make it – I’m pretty sure it changes regularly.
Ultron could have caused so much damage, from taking down Facebook and causing many to kill themselves because they can’t see how many likes their status got, to deleting every cat video off the Internet. Instead he focuses on trying to kill the Avengers team but somehow makes it look like he can’t be bothered.
Assisting Ultron is Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver. They are introduced as enhanced humans, with non of their backstory of how they came about, whether they were born that way or through the work of Hydra. Originally in the comics the twins were Magneto’s stepchildren, but as Fox currently owns the rights to Marvels mutant characters. It may be the reason why the studio has currently sidestepped this issue.
Overall the baddies in Age of Ultron seem to be less than up to the task of taking on the Avengers, the better of the fight action scenes takes place between the Hulk and Iron Man – which has been played to death in the trailers.
Overall Age of Ultron is what we expect from Marvel – a great superhero movie with every ingredient required to cover off each genre for maximum appeal. Had they included more time for the characters to develop we could have got something better – from figuring out how Black Widow’s lullaby came about to calm down the Hulk, to why Tony Stark is still building suits after telling Pepper Potts he was giving it all up for her.