The Avengers was a movie buff’s dream come true. It brought all of the superheroes that were introduced in the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, like Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America, to team up in one gigantic battle for humanity. The movie had everything a superhero movie should be: hilarious, action-packed, and miraculously entertaining. Phase two hit plenty of bumps in the road (Thor: The Dark World), but it was nice to see how each member has hold up after that battle in New York City. The Avengers are back in the highly anticipated sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, to give us more of the fun as well as some emotion. And prepares the audience what has yet to come in phase three.
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) create Ultron (James Spader), an artificial intelligence who would protect humanity. Things go awry when Ultron becomes dangerous plans to take over the world (much better dealt with here than in Chappie). Stark and Banner, along with Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), spring into action again.
Without spoiling too much, Joss Whedon hits it out of the park with sensational action (especially a visually dazzling and hilarious stand-off between Iron Man and the Hulk), witty-as-hell dialogue, and beautiful cinematography. The movie had more laughs than most mainstream comedies today. It’s refreshing to see Hawkeye more as a character. However, it isn’t a perfect movie. Whedon introduces new characters, like the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Even though they are well in-depth characters, I think I prefer Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past. I would like to see more of the subplot with Ultron planning to take over the world. Despite that, I had an absolute blast!
Some day, I would like to see a crossover between The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. Who’s with me?