This follows the run-up to the movie in the previous post.
There was once a Hindi multi-starrer called Jaani Dushman (1979) that had more stars than a bowl of breakfast cereal and the only way to deal with all of them was to keep bumping them off.
Age of Ultron does not kill off its heroes, but it does have a problem managing them. There are just too many: apart from Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, the Hulk, Captain America and Hawkeye, we have Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and Vision along with Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Peggy Carter, War Machine, The Falcon, Erik Selvig, Heimdall, Helen Cho and Hawkeye’s wife. Whew! Thankfully Tony Stark and Thor’s love interests appear only in conversation.
Vision though is a treat to watch, as is Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) each time he shows up, the Scarlet Witch played by Elizabeth Olsen is a definite “find” and the budding romance between the lovely Scarlett Johansson and Bruce Banner is cute.
Ultron played and voiced by James Spader is an interesting villain, but somehow the grandeur of his villainy and his invincibility just don’t come through convincingly. And if you are a Blacklist fan, Ultron just sounds like a more menacing Raymond Reddington.
Irrespective, the film is entertaining with the usual mayhem, destruction (two cities this time), grand battle sets, comic banter and one and two liner funny quips mouthed by all the characters as if the writers of the Big Bang Theory were also co-consultants on this film.
And yet you wonder. The first battle is with baron von Strucker where the Avengers team goes to retrieve Loki’s scepter and encounters Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who get the better of them. If you watch Marvel Agents of SHIELD, you will find this extremely underwhelming since any of the SHIELD teams could have done this easily as well.
Tony Stark and Bruce Banner use the power of the scepter that has one of the Infinity Gems within, to create the ultimate artificial intelligence that will patrol the Earth and keep it safe from aliens and invaders. Instead we get Ultron, who believes the only way to keep the Earth safe is to make the Avengers and then all humans extinct. The Avengers get their butts whipped in their first encounter with Ultron and retire to Hawkeye’s farmhouse to rethink strategy. Eventually, everything works out fine but not before a significant amount of pain and collapsed buildings.
It is not as good as the first Avengers film…perhaps because it is the “middle film of a trilogy, one more piece of the grand canvas leading up to the Infinity Wars against Thanos, but it is still worth a watch.
Oh and there is no post-credit scene with Spidey!