Avengers: Age of Ultron, from Marvel Studios, is the much anticipated second movie in the technical Avengers trilogy.
This movie follows the Marvel Comics plot with Ultron (James Spader), a robot that Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner a.k.a the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) built with an advanced AI that was meant to be the ultimate peace keeping being. Unfortunately for the Avengers and the rest of humanity, Ultron believes that the only way to keep all of humanity safe is to get rid of the Avengers and destroy all of the human race with a cataclysmic event on par with what killed off all the dinosaurs. Two new super powered people were also introduced in the movie, Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who has telepathic and telekinetic powers, and her twin brother, Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who has super speed.
There were some changes to certain characters in the movie that some people may not particularly like or know why they were changed or happened. The biggest change would be Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver. In the comic books, they are the children of the very powerful mutant, Magneto. Their powers are the same, just their origin changed in the movie due to Marvel not having the rights to the X-Men part of the universe. This is why the twins are now from Eastern Europe instead of America. The other big change was a love connection between Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff a.k.a Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). This did not happen at all during the comics, making many fans angry or confused.
There were plenty of good things about the movie, despite the changes to the characters. All of the action scenes were excellently done as with all Marvel movies. Just like in the first Avengers movie, the comedy in the movie was fantastic and keeps you laughing through the film, at appropriate times of course. The actual plot was great and had little hints and teasers for future Marvel films, such as Thor: Ragnarok. Spader did an excellent job as both Ultron’s voice actor and motion capture actor. The way Ultron was portrayed, very quickly made the AI with a god-complex one of my favorite Marvel villains.
The only part of the film that wasn’t done very well was the romantic relationship between Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff. The way it was done wasn’t bad, but the whole thing felt forced and unnatural. Romanoff in everything but this movie is more a lone wolf who doesn’t quite make the kind of connection that she did in this film, making it feel out of character.
Overall, the second Avengers movie was as fantastic as the first one, comedy wise especially. Even though the changes to some characters weren’t too great, the movie is worth seeing for all of the Marvel fans out there. I give the movie 3.5 out of 4 stars.