Sequels are meant to be an upgrade of the original movie, like The Dark Knight to Batman Begins (sorry for the DC reference!), sadly most times this is not the case, like the dreadfully horrendous Iron Man 2. Thankfully, Age of Ultron is a much better sequel, a worthy upgrade of the really cool Avengers.
And here’s why:
- A much better villain. Unlike Loki’s somewhat childish antics, Ultron is miles better and darker. Plus, he’s portrayed by the fantastic James Spader. And if I had one problem with Ultron, I’d go for his looks, there were times he was looking less machine more human; but, it’s overcome by Spaders captivating voice. And the church thing … Gold!
- Hulk Unleashed. Hulk’s the only avenger to have had 3 different actors, plus two stand-alone movies in the recent MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), without fully living up to the hype … till the epic battle with Iron Man in Africa. While AoU didn’t concentrate so much on the character, it did more than the first two hulk movies combined, giving us a worthy look at his rage … (now only if Marvel would green-light The Incredible Hulk 2)
- Hulk v. Iron Man. A major selling point from the trailers, the battle was as good as it gets as we see Hulk in full beast mode, not holding back, and the hulk buster suit (sweet!), unlike the major letdown in Iron Man 3. No explanations would do justice to this scene, you just have to see it and bask in its awesomeness.
- Hawkeye. (If you’ve not seen the movie, I’ll try to not spoil it for you). The praise here would go to the production team for taking some of the spotlight off the already established characters and pointing it at lesser known characters like Black Widow and Hawkeye. Though, I walked out of the cinema not knowing a lot more (than I already know) about Widow, but Hawkeye … wow! He really got serious screen time, which made me more invested in the character. I hope he’s back for future installments, cause I was getting an exit vibe from his story. Sorry for the spoilers. 🙁
- Civil War. Touted to be as big as the Avengers movies, Captain America 3 aka Captain America Civil War is shaping up to be an on-screen delight, with the ‘ideological difference seeds’ sown. AoU has continued from where The Avengers left the Stark v. Rogers ideological contrast, and it seems like camps are already forming. I guess. we’ll find out in 2016.
- Add-ons. This is in reference to other characters that would, hopefully, grow within MCU. These are War Machine, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Ulysses Klaw, Thanos and, my favourite, The Vision. However, I’m not a big fan of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Eastern European Quicksilver, Evan Peters (from X-Men Days of Futures Past) was much better.
- Screenplay. Not quite where I’d like it to be, but the lines here were miles better than the Avengers. They were less cheesy, something that probably had to do with the much darker tone of the movie.
Whedon has yet again given us a really cool movie. Thank you and goodbye. 🙂