Flame Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

The newest installment from Marvel is no let-down

It isn’t a surprise that Marvel makes some of the most brilliant movies. Their brilliant scheme to intertwine the vast expansion of the universe immortalized in their comics has got loyal, age-old fans and followers yearning for more. The first Avengers movie is in the Top 10 Highest Grossing Films of all time, and the sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron is no let down.

The promotional cover for the movie, taken from HDWallpapers

Avengers: Age of Ultron is directed by Josh Whedon who directed many previous Marvel films. This movie features the talents of the actors: Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Paul Bettany (J.A.R.V.I.S/Vision) and the voice of James Spader (Ultron). In addition, other actors from previous Marvel movies also appear in Age of Ultron: Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Don Cheedle (War Machine).

Here’s a basic synopsis of the story without giving away any spoilers:

This films timeline occurs after the events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Age of Ultron features the original Avengers: Tony Stark aka Iron Man, Steve Rogers aka Captain America, Bruce Banner aka The Hulk, Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Clint Barton aka Hawkeye, and Thor. The movie begins with the Avengers on a mission to take down various remaining sectors of the evil organization HYDRA. There, they stumble upon twins with super powers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, otherwise known as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. They retrieve Loki’s scepter and return back to headquarters. There, in an attempt to create a peacekeeping program that will keep the world safe forever, Stark creates an artificial intelligence program named Ultron. Ultron initially does not activate itself, leaving Stark to believe that his invention did not work. However, when Ultron activates, it decides to take over J.A.R.V.I.S, another working artificial intelligence that Stark previously created. Ultron creates a body for itself and an army of robots to attack the Avengers. Ultron reveals his theory that the only way to keep Earth safe is to completely wipe out the human race. Now the Avengers have to try and save Earth from being destroyed by Ultron.

HULKBUSTER from the trailer

In this particular movie, the storyline may sometimes be hard to follow if you did not watch the previous Marvel movies. However, if you have been up to date with all the Marvel films, or if you’re an avid comic book fan, this movie is highly recommended. Age of Ultron shows a lot more character development for many of the original Avengers. We get to know a little more about Black Widow’s past and Hawkeye’s life at home, and we get to see a budding romance between two of the Avengers, not to mention a CRAZY battle scene between Hulk and Iron Man. Aside from the intense and emotional scenes, the movie also features the typical Marvel lighthearted humor, including a scene where the Avengers and friends attempt to lift Thor’s hammer at a dinner party. And one of the coolest aspects of the Avengers movie, which is becoming a much more common Marvel theme, is the fact that it sets up the next couple of movies in the Marvel universe, and there will definitely be some major shifts in the team itself. If you haven’t seen this movie yet and you want to spend approximately two and a half hours of being on the edge of your seat, I would recommend for you to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The menacing Ultron, courtesy of PlayBuzz