Review: Avengers-Age of Ultron


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Making more than $191.3 million in the box office its opening weekend, Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye came back to the silver screen with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Although the first move made more it its opening weekend, there is no doubt that the sequel will be just as big.

Age of Ultron opens up with Captain America, played by Chris Evans; Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr.; The Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo; Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth; Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson; and Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner; attempting to steal back Loki’s scepter from a base in the eastern European country of Sokovia. It contains a power that no mere mortal can withstand.

While on this mission, the team runs into two experiments: Quicksilver, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson; and his sister Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen. The children of Magneto are sent to try and stop the Avengers from taking the scepter.

After retrieving the scepter, Stark and Banner discover a significant power within the gem. Stark decides to use this to complete Ultron’s defense program. Unknowingly, Ultron, voiced by James Spader, starts to get a mind of his own and eliminates J.A.R.V.I.S, Starks defense program. He eventually makes a physical body on his own, with the help of an intelligent doctor. This was the first artificial of its kind, and Stark took the blame.

With the help of the twins, Ultron begins to use resources at the base in Sokovia to make himself stronger and more powerful, as well as build and army of robot drones similar to himself.

In order to defeat Ultron, Stark comes up with an idea after he uploads J.A.R.V.I.S again. The plan is to use the gem from the scepter and put it into a synthetic body with J.A.R.V.I.S. has the brains. After Thor activates Vision, played by Paul Bettany, Thor alludes to there being six more stones, called the “Infinity Stones,” with similar powers. It is up to Vision, the Avengers, and S.H.I.E.L.D. to stop Ultron from destroying human existence.

This film, just like other Marvel films, is action packed with a mix of comedic moments: from great acting to intense fighting scenes. With the help of the phenomenal special effects artist, the actors were able to bring the Marvel comic characters to life in a way we could never have imagined when the comic stories were first written in the 60s. The entire film never has a dull moment. It outdid the first movie by engaging the audience with its absolutely captivating plot, and should be expected to outdo it in the box office as well. There is simply nothing wrong with this film.

It is vital that the audience stays after the credits to see a jaw dropping cliff hanger, which introduces Thanos.

Marvel has a brilliant way of tying in all the entire Cinematic Universe. This film leads into Captain America: Civil War, coming out in May 2016. Following that is Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in May 2017, Black Panther in November 2017, Inhumans in November 2018, Ant-Man in July 2017, and Doctor Strange in November 2016, which all leads up to the two part Avengers: Infinity War in May 2018.