The sequel to Avengers: Not Age of Ultron (working title- made a lot more sense after the sequel) AI co created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner gains independence and desire to separate the Avengers to ensure peace.
The film starts with a well-edited complicated battle, displaying individual skill sets and brief character development that’s integral throughout e.g. the Hulk & Black Widow dynamic, Iron Man’s increased urge to protect and casual but impactful introductions to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.
The Twins (Not Mary Kate and Ashley- But Closely Related)
After the battle/mission scene Ultron’s birth, the Avengers are shown partying in a relaxed comical passage that humanises them cleverly without sentimental strain, but also shows their superhero traits enter their casual lives (e.g. the lifting Thor’s hammer contest where Stark uses his tech in & Banner makes a poorly received joke about Hulk transformation).
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Making His Debut Appearance folks give it up for...ULTRON!
The brilliantly handled mood shifts are among the films best assets; scenes like Hulk’s loss of control and Iron Man’s restraint of him are followed by quiet character driven sections e.g. Hawkeye’s secret family life & the complexity of the team’s relationships. For some, Hawkeye’s family section might amount to ‘Hi I’m Hawkeye- Look, I got a line in this one!’ and his wife going ‘You’re the person who keeps the Avengers united- nothing about your characterisation suggests this but the script is making me say this because it feels sorry for you.’ Even with that considered, it’s a creatively grounding plot device that adds welcome depth and a pace change that only capitalises later scene’s gravitas, while giving relevance to non-superhuman characters. Hawkeye’s dart abilities are another incorporation of civilian and superhero life.
The scenes leading to vision’s creation are engrossing and flavoured by pre-established personalities. Like The Winter Soldier the danger feels genuine and events are even more striking thanks to understatedly skillful scripting. The creative and tense battle sequences, characters and motivations, genre balancing, full resolution of every situation and world building techniques make this an underrated MCU entry.
Now for the Rating
It’s a solid 8. An improvement on the first for me; a more interesting villain, stronger characterisation, more layered plot, combat variation and character inclusiveness. My criticisms would be slightly unsatisfying characterisation for Scarlet Witch. Eventually she joins the team and the audience is expected to immediately sympathise, the fact she willingly and guiltlessly kills innocents by manipulating Hulk is totally forgotten. One line of her showing remorse or explaining she didn’t realise the results would be that serious would’ve resolved this and there was time in the scenes before/during Vision’s creation where she encounters Bruce Banner to write one.
It irritated me to the point of swearing, but I got this response.
The action at the very end of the scene also become lengthy and overindulgent; adulterating the relevance by using slow-mo with clichéd basic superhero music that causes a lot of confusion with the flow. Another slight criticism is that the film could be condensed without the story or quality suffering, but this might have to be forgiven of every superhero film.