This week’s Flick and Feature is The Avengers: Age of Ultron. I will not spoil the movie for you, but I will highlight a few of the things that stood out. Now, with so many Marvel movies, it’s hard to outdo yourself every time. That’s a problem Disney/Marvel and in this case Joss Whedon has to face. I will start out by saying that this was not the best Marvel movie. I’m torn between the first Iron Man and The Guardians of the Galaxy for that title. For me this was the Iron Man 3 of the Avengers franchise. By that I mean, it is the movie that best illustrates the human side of the hero. We get to see into the minds of each of the Avengers which in a sense makes them more relatable. They’re able to identify their weaknesses and use that knowledge to become stronger. This seems simple enough, but when you have Gods wielding untold strength and genius playboy philanthropists in super suits flying around, it’s hard to relate and connect with the characters. By showing their weaknesses and mistakes, they become more personable.
To keep the series fresh and not predictable, they have had to change a few storylines. If you’re a true comic book fan, you’ll notice the origin story of a certain new addition to the Avengers is a bit off. It worked well with the storyline and though we’ll be seeing Ant-Man soon, I have no objects about the early entrance of said new addition (see no spoilers!). I was initially disappointed to hear about the addition of Quicksilver. I understand that he and his X-Men counterpart are different, but after seeing Evan Peters in X-Men: Days of Future Past, I was really hoping to see him reprise his role as Quicksilver in his very own movie. Aaron Taylor-Johnson was great in the Avengers (though nearly unrecognizable), but he didn’t do anything this cool. Elizabeth Olsen proved once again that she has the real acting chops in the family and I hope to see more of her in the future whether it be as the Scarlet Witch or other roles.
So.. that’s pretty much all I can say without spoiling the movie. If you’ve seen it, comment below and we can discuss it further. It’s definitely worth watching in the theater and it’s a great movie.