By releasing the film on May 1 instead of waiting for Memorial Day weekend, Marvel has set the tone for the summer film season early with “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
The long-awaited follow up to 2012’s “The Avengers,” the superhero super group is back, this time to face Ultron, an artificial intelligence robotic being set on bringing peace to Earth by destroying it.
With comic book films changing course over recent years to include prequels and super group films, such as “The Avengers,” “X-Men” and the upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the Avengers film series has set a pretty high bar to compete, and DC Comics may be too late to the party. What really sets the Avengers film series apart from others is the chemistry among the cast, which includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson. The heroes, who come from different places, eras and even worlds, are arrogant and are constantly battling with one another while simultaneously trying to save the world. While Avengers
The arrogance of Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) is ultimately what creates Ultron, which adds to the on-screen tension of Stark and Captain America (Evans).
Despite never being seen on-screen, James Spader makes a significant presence in this film as well by providing the voice of Ultron. Spader’s unique, villainous voice provides sinister depth to the character.
One issue at hand, however, is the timing for this film. An artificially intelligent super being as a villain mirrors another recent Marvel release, last year’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” in which “Sentinels,” mutant-hunting robots, enslave mankind.
Regardless, much like the first Avengers film, “Age of Ultron” still has a compelling plot and adds depth to some characters who had more of a minor role in the previous film. We see a love relationship develop between Bruce Banner (Ruffalo) and Natasha Romanoff (Johansson) and peek into Clint Barton’s (Renner) personal life, where he is a family man.
Missing from this film, however, is Pepper Potts, the woman who runs Stark’s company and also plays a key role in Iron-Man’s story arc. Though Stark mentions in the film why she is not seen, it is still a key minor character who the audience expects to see.
The action sequences in this film are also superior to “The Avengers,” with the allies learning how to feed off of one another’s abilities in order to create lethal attacks.
Ultimately, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” succeeds in feeding off of the success and fun storyline of the first Avengers film and at the same time, sets up the third installment of the franchise, which will see an expansion in characters as Spider-Man will officially be joining the crew.