I was a big fan of The Avengers! I loved all the Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor films that proceeded it, and I am loving how the MCU is starting to intertwine the stories into one ongoing serial. Since Thor we have heard of The Infinity Stones, and since then we have now seen that 4 of the 6 have materialized. I won't give specifics to keep this post a spoiler free zone. I actually found myself trying to figure out how and where all four had come into play, and finally realized that 2 of them showed up in one movie. "Guardians of the Galaxy" to be exact. So, my excitement for this movie was high. I went in with no expectations for it to match the first Avengers, and I left very pleased.
"Age of Ultron" catches up with the Avengers as they are searching for Loki's staff. Ok, quick confession, I haven't seen Thor 2. Did I miss something? When did the staff go missing? See, these things all connect! Anyways, within the team, Tony Stark is working on a global protection campaign that would not eliminate The Avengers, but would make them more part time than full time. The issue is, he's doing this without the knowledge of the other Avengers, minus Bruce Banner because Tony needs a second scientific mind. It is here that eventually leads to Ultron, a hyper-advanced AI that adapts to it's environment and people around it. Now when I say hyper-advanced, I mean this thing an dissect a situation, evolve to overcome, and eventually control. It puts Terminator to shame. The rest of the film does many things very well, but what it does best is sets up "Captain America: Civil War". Now I started this post by talking about my casual comic book reading, but Civil War was a series I followed monthly, and I'm here to tell you that Civil War is going to be amazing! Especially with Marvel securing the rights to Spiderman for the movies again. (Slight Spoiler: Peter Parker is a big part of the comics of Civil War, whether he is in the movie is yet to be determined. He wasn't listed on the announced cast of Civil War, but that could be on purpose).
The action in Ulton is fantastic. It's pretty much go go go right from the start with very little exposition through dialogue. Recently, Joss Whedon has gotten some backlash about sexism in the film, and while I wouln't call it sexism, Black Widow really id take a back seat, almost subserviant role in this film. I don't know if that was because of the story she's involved in, but she is defently not the same Natasha from the first Avengers film.