Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron

**SPOILER ALERT WARNING…IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, TURN BACK NOW**

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) Ph: Jay Maidment ©Marvel 2015

Well Phil Coulson said to bring in the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. did just that.  The beginning of Ultron picks up basically where this past weeks episode left off, and boy did the film go off with bang (well lots of bangs). 

The gang is all back together again: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, and this time they work together like the well oiled machine they are.

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron L to R: Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) Ph: Jay Maidment ©Marvel 2015

But what make this film such an amazing success isn’t the action sequences and battles (as awesome as they are), its the brilliant story telling from grandmaster Joss Whedon.  Where the first Avengers was all setup, Age of Ultron is heart and soul. Sure there is the quick, witty banter we all expect to see from Whedon, but there is more here than just a “wham, bam thank you ma’am” superhero movie.

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For starters is the backstories. Sure we all know the history of the fab five but here we get a chance to learn more about Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton. We see some of Natasha’s time as she trained in Red Room and Barton is just really all warm and cuddly on the inside.

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Then there is Ultron, this films big bad that was born out of wanting to do the right thing. Even though Ultron is all CGI, you can see the great James Spader shine through and play a villain worthy enough of piss off the Avengers.  With him are the twins, Quick Silver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). They start off looking for vengeance and revenge but end up fighting for good.

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By the end of the movie (which runs a little over 2hrs) you want to rewind and watch it again because you know there are things you’ve missed or those classic Joss Whedon bits of dialogue that you want to hear again, or because at its core Avengers: Age of Ultron is just a really good movie.  You have to respect what Marvel is doing with their MCU; how they’ve crafted it to not exactly follow the comics word for word but instead take what we love about the characters that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created. So bravo Joss and team, you’ve ended phase 2 with bang and I personally cannot wait to see but Marvel’s phase 3 brings us.

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Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is now playing worldwide and is rated PG-13.

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