We are three weeks away from the world premiere of the most anticipated Marvel film of all time, Avengers: Infinity War. At first, the most anticipated film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was Iron Man. Then it was Avengers in 2012. Coming hot off the surprise box office hit, Guardians of the Galaxy, the next most anticipated film in the MCU was Avengers: Age of Ultron. Let’s take a look at the prequel to Infinity War.
Age of Ultron is a very exciting and entertaining film. The Avengers kept getting smacked left and right throughout the film. It really showed that, at the end of the day, even superheroes are just as human as we are. The main villain, Ultron (voiced by James Spader), kept challenging the Avengers over and over and it almost divided the team. Ultron pretty much showed each of the Avengers their true colors, especially Tony Stark’s. These true colors set up the events for future MCU movies like Captain America: Civil War, as well as Infinity War. This film takes place three years after the battle of New York, that left behind prized items like Loki’s scepter. The scepter was in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s inventory, but after Captain America (Chris Evans) discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. was compromised and infiltrated during the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the scepter now belonged to Hydra. The Avengers’ mission at the beginning of the movie was to find the scepter, which they did, only to lose it again. Stark, of course, being the arrogant mad scientist that he is, wanted to play with a powerful tool that he couldn’t possibly understand and create a “suit of armor” around the world. Artificial intelligence. Stark enlisted the help of fellow scientist Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and they worked to try to create it. Little did they know that they were creating a villain in Ultron and becoming a bigger problem for the Avengers.
The Maximoff twins, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro (Aaron Taylor–Johnson), had their lives ruined personally by one of the Avengers and were on a mission to end them. They signed up for Hydra’s illegal experimentation project, which allowed them to have superpowers. Wanda could do sorcery and Pietro have speed. Ultron found and teamed up with them based on common interests, by ending the Avengers. Wanda throughout the film was casting spells for all the Avengers except Hawkeye. She manipulated the Avengers by having them live their biggest fears when they ran into them in South Africa while trying to get the vibranium from villain Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis). The Maximoff twins then discovered that Ultron had bigger plans in ending the human race.
Without the creation of Ultron, we would have not been introduced to a new superhero, The Vision (Paul Bethany). The Vision has the mind stone, which was introduced as a part of the six infinity stones that Thor sees in his dream. Thor knows that something big is coming and the stones play a big part in it. In the post-credit scene, Thanos is shown with the infinity gauntlet. Thus, setting the story up for Avengers: Infinity War. This film has given us great cameos (Klaue and Stan Lee as a military veteran being drunk from Thor’s alcohol to Thanos appearing) and name drops (Wakanda name drop by Banner that lead to the mega box hit, Black Panther) that helped set us up for strong and popular movies in the MCU.
Let’s take a moment and appreciate all the great comedy scenes that were shown in the movie. Starting with Captain America calling out Iron Man for using a profanity word. For the rest of the movie, the Avengers kept giving him a hard time from Stark to Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) to Black Widow to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). The afterparty scene of Hawkeye and the rest of the Avengers trying to lift Mjolnir and how Rogers gave Thor a bit of scare when he lifted it a bit. When Thor says, “We don’t have to break anything.” and Ultron beating Stark by saying, “Clearly you never made an omelet.’’ When Rogers and Stark are cutting wood, Stark tells Rogers, “Don’t take from my pile”. Or the scene when The Vision hands Thor his hammer. Can’t forget about when Hawkeye could have shot Quicksilver in the back during the battle in Sokovia. Lastly, Captain America saying “If you put the hammer in the elevator, the elevator is not worthy”. I really appreciated the comedy in this movie because it just made me love the characters more.
This film also had its share of drama from Stark and Banner creating Ultron to Banner and Romanoff having feelings for each other to Stark trying to create the Vision and all the action scenes that took place in Sokovia. The slow-motion battle scene of the Avengers protecting the drill from Ultron’s army is one of the best action scenes in the film and possibly one of the more underrated team-in-battle sequences in the MCU.
I really appreciated Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon making this film looked more of a movie compared to his first film, Avengers. I really liked the aesthetic look of the second Avengers film, it made it gave me a homely feel. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked Avengers, but I can only imagine how the film might have looked had Whedon implemented the same aesthetic from the sequel into Avengers. I feel like the aesthetic in this film kinda set the tone for the MCU movies that came after Age of Ultron, only improved and got better.
I don’t care if anyone says there were other characters with better development, but the best character development in Age of Ultron was Hawkeye. I think it was because Renner had a limited role in Avengers, I wanted to see more Hawkeye and see if he could be something more. I really believe Barton had the best and most surprising storyline among the Avengers. When the Avengers were in need of a hiding place that after the events in South Africa, it was Barton who opened the doors of his private life to Earth’s mightiest heroes when he didn’t have to. Easily the biggest surprise of this movie. He also had a “big brother” type of talk with Wanda when she was shaken up during the battle of Sokovia. That talk they had played a big part in Wanda’s confidence and helping her settle in on becoming an Avenger. I also think he had his best uniform in this film since he has been in the MCU. Hawkeye definitely is an important member of the Avengers, so I think his role in the third Avengers film will be more than pleasant. Despite the almost zero marketing Hawkeye got for Infinity War or the amount of screen time that he may have in the film.
Most sequels have a hard time trying to live up to the standards of the first film. While Avengers set big standards for Avengers: Age of Ultron and I think it was a worthy sequel. It has a good balance of action, aesthetic, comedy, drama, and suspense. It doesn’t hurt that the film had a great and talented cast that helped drive the movie to success under the direction of Joss Whedon back in 2015. I think the Avengers franchise, just might have the best trilogy in the MCU when Avengers: Infinity War comes out in three weeks!
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Avengers: Infinity War releases in theaters April 27th
Avengers: Infinity War: Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.