Avengers: Age of Ultron
A lot has happened since the Avengers first assembled. New York is trying to recover from the devastation, Loki is in Asgard, S.H.I.E.L.D has fallen and Hydra has Loki’s scepter.
Tony Stark (Iron Man) just wants to help the world. When the Avengers finally retrieve Loki’s scepter, Iron Man comes up with an idea. An idea that could save the world before the danger comes back, creating artificial intelligence in the form of ‘Ultron’. With the help of Dr. Bruce Banner, Stark tries to build Ultron using the technology from the scepter. When Tony and Bruce start to lose all hope of giving life to Ultron, it finally works. While all the Avengers are busy at a party, Ultron is left alone with J.A.R.V.I.S who confronts Ultron and ends up paying the ultimate price. This triggers Ultron’s true intentions, to kill the Avengers and for the reign of humans to end. The Avengers must get over their differences and defeat Ultron before he kills millions of people.
I liked this film but it definitely wasn’t my favourite. I felt like it was trying to do too much. It had to cover the Ultron storyline, tease the Black Panther feature film, the new Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War. I watched the movie with my mom and she asked me lots and lots of questions throughout the movie. In comparison, she asked me one question during Captain America: The First Avenger.
For this film, I didn’t really have a favourite character. I felt that I liked and disliked them all. Each and everyone one of them had flaws that made them an unlikable character. For example; Captain America is kind of whiny and kind of preachy, Iron Man doesn’t learn from mistakes and keeps making the same ones over and over again, and Bruce Banner is scared all the time. But on the other hand; I like how Captain America always puts others first, Iron Man is incredibly hilarious and Bruce Banner is super dorky and that’s kind of funny.
Like last time, I have some issues with Black Widow. Here, Natasha and Bruce Banner are thrown together as love interests, but at least his time the writers seem very committed to the love story. When the romance was with Clint Barton/Hawkeye it was kind of in a friend way (but kind of a sexy friend which was a little weird) and with Steve Rogers/Captain America it was again friendly romance because Captain America is technically 96 years old. I thought the Banner/Romanoff love story seemed like it was an on/off switch, Natasha would be flirty around Bruce and then go and kick some butt, then come back and be flirty again. What was that about?
On the topic of Black Widow, how come they talked about her being sterilized? In the dream Scarlet Witch gave her, she saw flashbacks to her time at the Russian training camp she was raised in. When they graduated they got sterilized. Her dream was different than everyone else’s. Thor and Iron Man both saw their most feared future along with some real future and Captain America saw a flashback that never actually happened. Natasha’s dream was the only one that was true but all it did was feed the weird love story.
Black Widow also showed much more emotion in this film than in any other film I have seen her in. I don’t really understand why the people who made Avengers: Age of Ultron felt like she needed to show emotion. Her character is supposed to be this wall with a dark past she refuses to share. How come all of a sudden she’s crying in front of Banner about how she can’t have babies? Since when does Black Widow care about not being able to have babies? This film really broadened Black Widow as a character, but I don’t really like where they’re going with her.
In Age of Ultron, the movie introduces a second female avenger; Scarlet Witch. Scarlet Witch is an Eastern European girl who signed up for experimentation with her twin brother Quicksilver. At first, the Avengers treat her like a kid. The siblings are pretty young and they really haven’t really proven themselves as Avengers. I really liked the way the writers are building the character of Scarlet Witch. I liked how she had a hard past but put it aside and decided to fight for the Avengers. I liked how she has so much power that she doesn’t even know what to do with all of it. I hope in the next few films the writers expand her character.
In conclusion, I didn’t really like this film, but I didn’t hate it. There were some funny moments and the cinematography was pretty. But I did not really appreciate what they did with Black Widow and it was hard for people who weren’t Marvel fans to follow.