Peace. Can there be peace? That is the question on everyone’s mind throughout the latest Marvel universe film, directed by Joss Whedon, hitting theaters throughout the US today. What we know after seeing the film is that while peace may be hard to come by, there are plenty of pieces moved around ever so intricately in the process (and pieces of those involved strewn about as well.) Our semi-spoiler free thoughts after the jump!
It sure is nice to see the gang back together and fighting as one team. The opening sequence of the film shows off all of the team and what they can do, their upgrades, and just the general sense of “hey, let’s do this and get it done!” While the CGI of the film may be a bit heavy, and this scene definitely had that layer, it was cool to watch an epic fight scene right before your very eyes.
Speaking of battle scenes, there were quite the few sprinkled throughout AoU, and all of them were a treat for the eyes. The Hulkbuster scene was awesome to see on the big screen, and made me want to have my own Hulkbuster suit. Just because.
This film was also very comedic, something that audiences have seen throughout the MCU films, and this one did not fall short of keeping the audience laughing at those moments. Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner, definitely had some of the most hilarious moments in the film. The moments had me thinking on how someone sat down and read some recent Hawkeye comics and decided to inject some of the sassy Clint Barton into the film universe mix.
When it came to the more dramatic scenes that involved the Avengers, it was very interesting to see how Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. played their character up against one another. You could practically hear the gears turning in the minds of Captain America and Iron Man, something we will be able to see more of once Civil War rolls around. Cue the anticipation!
One complaint about Tony Stark though. During what is dubbed as “The Party Scene,” in which the team tries to lift Thor’s Hammer, Stark “jokes” that he will reinstate primae noctis if he can lift the hammer and rule Asgard. Really Whedon? A quip about letting lords have first right to virgins? I understand your use of phrasing that most viewers would not understand (“mewling quim” from the first Avengers film,) but as much of a genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist that Tony Stark is, I don’t think he would be too keen on having something such as that done to Ms. Pepper Potts. Some tact, eh?
The newcomers to the film, Scarlet Witch (played by Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor Johnson), played their parts like seasoned members of an heroic team film, which made me more than impressed by them. Sure, their accents were a little lacking at times, but there were plenty of moments when their powers were demonstrated that I went “now that’s badass!” That clearly evens out the accents. It was nice to see some fresh blood on the screen with the Avengers. Don’t even get us started on Vision (Paul Bettany) because there probably would not be much of a coherent paragraph. He will brilliant, carry on!
The film takes on the “monster of the week” mentality when it comes to Ultron. Ultron, played and voiced by James Spader, was this idea of bad when it came to the trailers. Cunning, adaptive, and full of rage. But this rage is where I think the robot had its downfall when you look at the film.
We’ve seen the Avengers fight their way through the alien/Loki-filled threat in the first film, and everything about Ultron seemed like the perfect enemy (if you look into comic lore.) But this Ultron seemed like just another foe to knock off the list. Even when there was everything he could throw at the Avengers, it almost seemed too easy. I know full well the events of this film were more to set up the films to come (oh boy did they,) but it just seemed like there needed to be a little more.
The story that is in place after the film closes is something to focus on, because this film really laid the groundwork for events coming up in the MCU that we really can’t even begin to comprehend. We know that Civil War is coming, and the seeds were definitely strewn everywhere in this film. We know that “Thor: Ragnarok” is coming, whatever that may imply. We know there are the Infinity Stones, lurking around the galaxy and the mad titan Thanos looking for them. We’ve seen the traces of vibranium and we know where that is headed. There is just so much I can keep adding to that this film teased us with and made us aware of.
I will have to see the film a few more times so I can get all the references I may have missed, but for my first impression, I would give the film a 3.5 out of 5. While it may not be a perfect film, in this reviewer’s opinion, it was still a damn fine entertaining film.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters now.