After the awesomeness that is Marvel's The Avengers came out in 2012, there were some very founded concerns that the much-wanted sequel could live up to Joss Whedon's meta-human spectacular. Oh, it would have been so easy to just phone it in and makes bucket loads of cash before killing the fan-love that has built up for the MCU since The Incredible Hulk but lucky for us, they actually out work into it. Plus, we got more Jeremy Renner this time.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is the culmination of all the various MCU properties released since the first film - including ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D - that not only answers questions but poses brand new ones. From the opening attack on a Hydra base in Sokovia - where we meet twins Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) - the mystery is layered on before you even realize it's begun. But the real fun begins when Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr) and Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) accidentally create something far more dangerous than even Loki and his alien army: Ultron (James Spader). Yes, they get their butts kicked - a lot. But because the are "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" they get back up (before getting smacked back down).
Besides the main, full-on action meat of the movie, there are also slower moments; we learn more about Natasha Romanov/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the training she went through (that we first saw hints of in the first season episode of Agent Carter, The Iron Ceiling.
We also get more of Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) onscreen and on team - something seriously lacking in the first one. Honestly, I didn't much care for the character until Renner began playing him so I was really dissapointed when he had so little to do the first time round.Age of Ultron remedied that - and fleshed out his character nicely.
And, of course, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) would like you to watch your language. A nice running gag to relieve the tension all the fighting scenes creates - and there's a lot of fighting. Though not as awesome as the last twenty or so minutes as the first film, Ultron throws some pretty epic battles at you once the world is close to ending.
Ultron is an almost pitiable villain - if you ignore the homicidal tendencies - as it seems a part of him actually believes his answer is the only way, something Vision (Paul Bettany) understands but refuses to accept. Oh, wait till you see how Vision comes about - for the first time in forever, I was surprised by a film. Cheers to you, Joss. Too bad you're not gonna being at the helm anymore.
Overall a fun, if hectic, film - those Thor (Chris Hemsworth) scenes made zero sense, though - that easily pulls you in and take you on one roller coaster ride. If you haven't seen it yet, turn off you devide and go. You won't regret it.