After all of my posts over the last month, MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens today, Friday, May 1st. I saw a screening of the movie on Tuesday and will be returning this weekend for a second viewing with my husband and daughter. I really enjoyed the movie and can’t wait to see it again and be able to discuss the movie with my family.
I saw the movie in IMAX 3D which was an awesome way to experience the movie. Unfortunately it takes me a little while for my eyes to adjust to 3D and the movie started with a big action scene, so it was a little blurry. The rest of the scenes were fine, so I do recommend the 3D. If you see the movie in IMAX, you will be treated to 6 minutes of footage from the upcoming Tomorrowland.
Age of Ultron continues the blend of action, humor, and plot from previous MARVEL movies. I love that the movies don’t take themselves too seriously and throw in snappy one liners and humor that runs throughout the movie.
Newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
In my opinion, MARVEL The Avengers: Age of Ultron would be hard to follow for someone who is new to the MARVEL Cinematic Universe. There is very little introduction to the characters and their backgrounds. The movie dives right into a heavy action sequence. Without a basic understanding of who each character is, parts of the movie will be hard to follow. I feel that The Avengers did a better job at explaining the back story to those who were new to the MARVEL Cinematic Universe.
Casual Marvel Fan
Casual Marvel fans who have seen at least a few of the movies and have an idea on the background of each character will enjoy these movies. If you haven’t seen all of the movies, you’ll miss some of the intricacies of the plot and background characters, but there is plenty to entertain you in the film.
Die Hard Marvel Fans
For die hard fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is much to appreciate with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. My husband is much more familiar with the Marvel universe than I am. Since The Avengers, he has been telling me about the Infinity Stones and the power that they hold. Since then, we have seen the Tesseract (Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers), the Aether (Thor: the Dark World), and the Orb (Guardians of the Galaxy). With The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the existence of the Infinity Stones and their power are finally revealed on screen. At the same time that it ties in the previous movies, you can also see the buildup to Captain America: Civil War as Captain America and Tony Stark have different ideas on proactively preventing threats before they materialize or responding to threats that are already threatening. Additionally, it lays out a path to the third and fourth Avengers Movies which will not have Robert Downey, Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man.
With back stories previously fleshed out in standalone movies for Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and Hulk, the movie takes time on character development for Black Widow and Hawkeye. It also introduces the back story of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Comic book fans will notice a difference in the back story of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. In the comics, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver have ties to both The Avengers and X-Men. Due to the intricacies of the licensing of X-Men and an agreement between Fox and Disney/Marvel, the mutant back history has been removed for the movie.
One thing that my daughter will appreciate is the presence of the female Characters. Black Widow returns as an Avenger. Maria Hill continues as a conduit between the Avengers and SHIELD with a role slightly more prominent than in The Avengers. While Gwenyth Paltrow (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Avengers, and Iron Man 3) and Natalie Portman (Thor and Thor:Dark World) do not return as Pepper Potts and Jane Foster, their absence is noted. Pepper is off running the company and Jane is the world’s foremost astrophysicist and has been traveling the world giving talks.
Is The Avengers: Age of Ultron Kid-Friendly?
As I mentioned, I am taking my daughter (age 9) to see the movie. She has seen all of the previous movies in the MARVEL Cinematic Universe. I should clarify that there are a couple of scenes in the first two Iron Man movies that we skipped when watching at home.
The main reason for Age of Ultron’s PG-13 rating is the violence. It is typical comic book violence with mostly the destruction of robots and buildings. There is one significant character that dies in the film (unless he or she makes a later resurrection like Coulson did on Agents of SHIELD after dying in The Avengers). There is also some suspense. A child’s personality will also impact whether the violence in the movie is too much for them.
The language is relatively minor. After one of the characters (I think it was Iron Man) swears in the initial fight sequence, Captain America reprimands him and it becomes a recurring joke throughout the movie. There are also a couple of minor sexual references.
Update: My daughter really enjoyed watching MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. There were a couple of scenes that amused her enough to repeat the dialog right there. She knows her comic books and also complained about the statement that the Pietroff twins (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch) are orphans. She knows that their comic book origin is as the children of Magneto (X-Men). Understanding the intricacies of the deal between Marvel and 20th Century Fox who owns the X-Men that allows the appearance of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver (who are both Avengers and X-Men) the parentage and origin of their powers is not allowed to be mentioned in Avengers.
Other Thoughts on The Avengers: Age of Ultron
I definitely enjoyed MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron and can’t wait to see it again this weekend. I am particularly looking forward to being able to discuss it with my husband and daughter – I’ve been careful to avoid giving them spoilers.
I did have two complaints: certain recurring supporting characters played a much smaller role in the movie than I expected. For example, I knew that Hayley Attwell was recurring as Peggy Carter (Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, & TV’s Agent Carter). I was really disappointed that she probably had less than a minute of screen time. Likewise Anthony Mackie was resuming his role as Falcon from Captain America: Winter Soldier and had a very short role. Don Cheadle’s role as War Machine (Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3) was slightly larger.
My other complaint is that there was very little continuity with the end of Iron Man 3 where Tony destroys many of his Iron Man suits. As Age of Ultron starts, Tony still has a number of suits.
When you see Age of Ultron be sure to stay through the closing credits. There is a bonus scene about half-way through the credits. I did stay through the end of the credits which ended with a statement that The Avengers will return. I was a little surprised that we only had one bonus scene since the movies have recently had two bonus scenes. We stayed through the end again on viewing the movie with my family and there is indeed no final scene.
Have you seen the movie? Let me know what you thought.