OAKVILLE, Missouri, U.S.A. – I don’t know anyone who likes superhero movies more than me. So while I eagerly went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, the film left me thoroughly disappointed in director Joss Whedon’s lack of creativity.
The second in the Avengers franchise, Age of Ultron grouped back some of Marvel’s most popular superheroes to fight against an Artificial Intelligence trying to destroy the world and bring about the extinction of human life.
Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, and Iron Man are just a few of the heroes in the movie who try to take down Ultron.
Two Russian twins with mutant powers are included as well: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, though both of their characters could have used more development.
Quicksilver is the male twin, with the power of super speed. Scarlet Witch, the female twin, has the power to manipulate the mind – and, in the comic books, probability as well, though that isn’t mentioned in the movie – and telekinesis.
They both have a less than significant role in the movie.
This film has many problems, but the first is Ultron’s purpose, or backstory. On screen, when he is created and turned on, he is automatically evil. Though the same happens in the comic books, the movie should have given Ultron some sort of purpose for being evil.
There story offered no reason why he wanted to kill everyone – it seemed as if he just felt like it. That was a major problem and left me more confused about the plot than wanting to dislike the villain.
Next is the characterization of Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow. Played by Scarlett Johansson, she is the female assassin of the Avengers. With Age of Ultron being Romanoff’s third Marvel appearance, one would think that she would be as well-rounded as a character can get.
Unfortunately, it seemed as if she was just there to be a love interest. As she gets with another Avenger, it made absolutely no sense that she would be attracted to this character. The two barely spoke in the last movie and had no romantic chemistry whatsoever.
But the most annoying reason, is that she said in the last movie, “Love is for children.”
As a viewer and fan, I’m frustrated that filmmakers would do a complete reversal of her character just to make her fit into the female stereotype.
Though Avengers: Age of Ultron has its flaws, both major and minor, I did think it was quite funny and genuinely felt like a Marvel movie – lighthearted, action-packed, and giving its fair share of plot twists.
I really like JARVIS, Tony Stark’s personal artificial intelligence, and though I will refrain from spoilers, he was the best developed character in the whole movie.
This movie was better than the first Avengers film because it wasn’t as boring as the first one.
Whedon is leaving the Marvel Universe, and I think it is his time to go and work on some individual projects that he did in the past.
I am excited that brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed Captain America: Winter Soldier and are taking over the Avengers storyline from Whedon. Hopefully, it will be for the better.
Sydney Hallett is a Reporter for Youth Journalism International.
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