First things first: Spoiler Alert. We will discuss the whole movie, including plot twists and what-the-fuck-moments, so if you haven’t watched the movie yet… what are you waiting for?!
It starts out with an action scene with all the Avengers fighting Hydra together, looking for Loki’s staff. The Maximoff twins make their first appearance as Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), messing stuff up, but the Avengers retrieve the staff, and we see Natasha helping the Hulk transform back into Bruce Banner. Tony Stark, wanting to create “a suit of armor around the world”, uses the staff to try and create artificial intelligence, calling it Ultron, but fails. There’s a party – where everyone tries to lift Thor’s hammer but fails – which is crashed by Ultron, who, after all, was created. Well, big surprise, Ultron is not a big fan of humanity and wants to destroy it, and we have a movie.
Let’s start with the romance to get that out of the way. Natasha and Bruce have a thing, and it’s cute, but feels kinda forced, especially because it came out of nowhere. But at least they don’t try to shove it in our faces, so there’s that. Although it is nice to see both of them being human, and keeping each other that way. Let’s just pause here for a second and talk about a scene that has been much discussed on tumblr: the two of them are talking about children, and having children, to which Bruce says that it is, for him, physically impossible to ever have kids.Then we learn a bit more about Natasha, who tells him about this procedure that she had to go through in the program that made her Black Widow, called initiation. Turns out, it’s not quite as fun as it sounds, because it’s a surgery where they get sterilized. Now, here’s the part that has so many fans in an uproar: she says something along the lines of being a monster because of that, and many people seem to think that she means not being able to have children makes her a monster. Just to make this very clear: THAT IS NOT WHAT SHE SAYS. She says that the girls in her program have to go through it to make it easier for them to not have anything to distract them from their mission(s). So, she is saying that not having kids, and never being capable of having kids, made it EASIER for her to be a monster, because she has nothing to go home to and never will have; at least not like that. She does NOT say that it MADE her a monster. There’s a huge difference, people.
Now, let’s move on to the good stuff. The new characters, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Ultron, and Vision. Ultron first, because he’s the bad guy: he’s a very articulate villain, especially for being a machine. And he has an absolutely awesome voice, although that credit goes more to the actor, James Spader, since Ultron is, you know, fictional. He also has the same humor as Tony, so, even though he’s evil and wants to kill everyone, he’s funny as well. Although he really, really doesn’t like being compared to Stark. He has the twins working for him against the Avengers – they hate Tony because bombs that were manufactured by him killed their parents and almost killed them as well. Anyway, them being “enhanced”, they do cause quite a few problems for the Avengers, especially since Scarlet Witch can get into their minds and toy with them. There’s a big showdown in south Africa where she shows them all their biggest fears, and has the Hulk smash almost an entire town, so that’s not too good – especially because it destroys the image they all might have had and shows them as the villains, vs. them being the good guys. Also, it’s finally another woman on the team! So there’s that.
Quicksilver is really cool as well, especially since he’s not done in the same way as he was in X-Men: Days of Future Past, or as The Flash. They both switch teams in the middle of the movie, once they realize what Ultron is up to, although they’re none too happy about working with Stark. Anyway, they become Avengers, and then Quicksilver dies. Which sucks big time.
Now, the last one: Vision. Vision is played by Paul Bettany, who was, up until now, the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S. But he’s got a body now! With an infinity stone on his forehead, so he’s very powerful and intelligent. So he is, kinda, like Ultron, only he doesn’t hate humanity, so he helps the Avengers be a thorn in Ultron’s side. He also just randomly picks up Thor’s hammer and hands it to him – everyone in the movie theater was making the exact same face as the rest of the Avengers, which kinda goes like this: WHAT THE FUCK?! So yeah, Vision is pretty awesome as well.
There’s not much to say about the story. It’s just pretty much Tony screwing up and then they all swoop in and clean up the mess and save the world in the process. None of that is really new. But then again, who goes to watch a superhero movie expecting much of a plot? For us it’s more about the characters, and you get to know them better in this movie. For instance, Hawkeye has a family. And a farm. Like some normal guy. The only thing that bugs me a little is that he’s supposed to be deaf, or at least hard-of-hearing, but that’s not even addressed in the movies. But apart from that, he’s a cool character, and he even gets a few cool one-liners like the rest of them! So Hawkeye being an actual character this time around was fun to see.
It was also nice to get some more peeks at Black Widow’s backstory – although that only made us want a standalone movie for her even more! – because she really has an interesting one, and we don’t know that much about her. So, instead of giving us another Iron Man movie, how about we get one about Natasha? That’d be great.
You get to know the twins enough to get attached to them as well, which is quite remarkable, because there really are a lot of people in that movie. Don’t know how they did it, but everyone gets their screen time, and everyone is important to the story, so it never comes off crowded. They handled that pretty well.
The effects were amazing as well, but that’s not even surprising anymore. It’s Marvel, after all, and they’ve been making so much money these past few years that it would be unacceptable if the visual effects weren’t cool. And the action sequences as well; but same rules applies to them. It’s a big budget Marvel movie, so people have a certain standard. Their demands are met, though, so it’s perfectly good.
All in all, that movie really is worth watching. You don’t really go in expecting something new, but you walk out very satisfied, because you actually get new stuff. Marvel really knows what they’re doing – and even if you don’t like Joss Whedon, you have to give him that. His movies are good movies.
So, The Avengers: Age of Ultron gets an exceeded expectation from us.