Review: Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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*This review contains mild spoilers.*

Finally the movie that everyone has been waiting for is here. Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron opened in Singapore on April 23, 2015, 7 days ahead of the United States of America. This also meant that most of us would have watched the movie before last Tuesday’s (28 April 2015) episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where the TV series will connect into the movie. After all in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, #itsallconnected.

In the past one year before the film was finally released, endless number of interviews, articles and rumours have been thrown onto the internet. This included potential spoilers as well of course. And as a result, when most people finally watched the movie, it felt a little bit underwhelming. At this point of time I am not saying that AoU is a bad film. In fact it was brilliant. One thing viewers can takeaway after so many years of Marvel Cinematic Universe is that Marvel Studios will never let their films mess up. But of course, if you are expecting the exact direction of storytelling as to how the first Avengers movie was made, you’ll be disappointed.

Many people who saw it do feel disappointed. But to be fair, when you produce something so brilliant, it is always an uphill task to create something that can be better. It is a normal problem and it is a very good problem that Marvel Studios have to deal with.

In one of his interviews, Joss Whedon did say that AoU WILL be different, and it has to be. Hedidsayhewastiredtoo. Without leaving any spoilers, my best advise to you when you walk into the theatre is just don’t expect it to be like the first movie. We’ll also have to understand that as amazing as the cast may be and as much as all of them love to be in this universe, nobody can be around forever. This meant that Marvel Studios had to take a change of directions in terms of the story and characters every now and then, or maybe every phase.

The need of change in direction as years goes by meant that every single film that was/will be produced has a very important part to play in the construction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I definitely will not call the movie ‘inconsequential’ or ‘just an obligatory’.

The movie had a lot of moments which looked like it jumped directly out of the pages of a comic book. Not to mention the one-liners too. The action sequences in the movie was fantastic and the introduction of The Vision will blow you away. The opening scene of the Avengers charging towards Baron Strucker’s base was amazingly shot and not forgetting that ‘Thor’s Hammer Lifting Challenge’ scene. The addition of the Maximoff twins were nicely done too. (although MAOS had already started with the Inhumans).

Of all the good and bad in this film, special mention has to go to Jeremy Renner for his portrayal of Clint Barton a.k.a. Hawkeye. His character was reduced to a mind controlled agent for most of the first Avengers film and his absence was thoroughly felt in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. AoU did him justice with a very good side-story of his character, although it doesn’t match the comic books. Also, his chatty nature which most fans had mentioned was lacking in the first film was added into AoU. Do watch for his parts in the final showdown between the heroes and Ultron. He had some pretty good and funny one liners. And yes, the Infinity Stones. A small bit of the film is dedicated to that subplot, which will become the main plot as Phase 3 comes around.

Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron is still a very entertaining movie and definitely contributes to Phase 3’s overarching plot towards Infinity Wars. Just don’t compare it to the comics or the first Avengers film. Personally, I am not disappointed. In fact I saw the film twice, partly hoping to catch easter eggs I missed out too. And oh, there is no post-credits scene this time round. Only mid-credits.