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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Before you start reading this, I warn you, if you haven’t seen this film yet and plan on doing so stop reading here.

Just as we thought superhero films couldn’t get any better, Joss Whedon pulls another magical show out of the hat. Age of Ultron is the direct sequel of The Avengers (2012) and all the usual suspects come together in this film (Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk etc.). However, we also see the appearance of some new faces, well old ones if you are fully knowledgeable of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but new if you are not. Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and The Vision all join the Avengers team to fight the bad guys.

This movie is a daffy, occasionally baffling, surprisingly touching and even romantic adventure with one kinetic thrill after another. It earns a place of high ranking in the Marvel Universe. Rarely has a comic book movie struck such a precise balance between legitimate character development, crackling good humour, genuine peril and good old-fashioned big-screen entertainment.

As mentioned earlier,this film has many ties and links to other parts of the Marvel Universe. The main storyline, of the world’s mightiest heroes coming together to save everyone, is just as prominent as it is in the first Avengers. With team spirits and moral and its peak, this film seems to have more motivational speeches than one of Mr Butcher’s assemblies! But back to the whole link thing; S.H.I.E.L.D ( Essentially the main organisation in protecting the earth) is also directly linked with the events of Age of Ultron. Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (its full title) is a TV show on America’s ABC channel network but shows on Channel 4 over here. It has the likes of Agent Phil Coulson in it, a major character in the first Avengers who dies near the end of the film, but comes back to life in the S.H.I.E.L.D episodes. As you can tell it is quite confusing to explain without going into full detail, which I do not plan to do.

In the film, Tony Stark creates a new breed of heroes, stronger, more intelligent and powerful than any before: The Ultron initiative. The idea was that this army would protect the world when the Avengers team couldn’t. This soldier is powered by A.I (artificial intelligence), essentially a robot that can think for itself and act on its own rules. Like most films where A.I is tampered with, it all goes horribly wrong. Ultron turns against Stark’s original orders and creates its own idea of world peace; extinction of the human race. As the film goes on, Ultron and its army cause havoc all over the world and eventually the Avengers team step in. At this point Ultron is using one of the infinity stones (a group of stones with powers, they appear all over the MCU) to create an invincible suit, luckily the team get their hands on the suit before Ultron fully transfers into it. When handed over to Stark, he tries to recreate the Ultron programme, going against everyone’s word. This causes the birth of the Vision, a new superhero/God like/AI being. Luckily this version works with the team and together, they take down Ultron and destroy his army for ever.

That of course was a very rough, brief, key point rendition of the film; but you get the idea. My personal opinion of the film was a good one. As a Marvel enthusiast, I picked up on most of the links and Easter eggs quite easily and thoroughly enjoyed the film. One downside for me was the lack of 3D effects. Don’t get me wrong, the 3D was a good addition, but for an action film, there should have been more.

As we come to the end of my review, I have a few points to make for all those rebellious readers who haven’t seen the film and plan too, but read this anyway:

1) See the film; I didn’t go into full detail of the story line and I can assure you that you will still enjoy it very much.

2) Don’t bother with the 3D; it’s good, but not worth your money.

3) Don’t worry if you do not know the insides out of this film; the links and ties to the MCU are quite subtle and it will not ruin the viewing.

Have a different view of the film? Didn’t enjoy it? Comment below to have your voice heard!

-Harry Herdman

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