There’s a myth on the Internet that [easyazon_link identifier=”B00WAJ8QXC” locale=”US” nf=”y” tag=”furiofanbo-20″]Age of Ultron[/easyazon_link] sucks, when in reality it absolutely doesn’t. I think part of the problem comes from the original where people could basically check their brain at the door and marvel at the spectacle of it all. The sequel is a bit different in that they crammed a bit more story into it and you need to pay attention to the whole thing. Age of Ultron lives in the greatly expanded Marvel Cinematic Universe, sets up things for Phase 3 in interesting ways. Here are ten reason why Age of Ultron doesn’t suck:
Age of Ultron finally introduces one of the greatest Avengers of all time to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and for that reason alone it should be considered one of the better movies in the franchise. We finally get The Vision, on the big screen, and with his origin mostly intact save for a few changes that are welcome in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Just image if Fox had the rights to the character and tried to do a dark, gritty, and realistic version of him…ew.
Thor’s Infinity Quest
It’s sort of fitting that since the Marvel Cinematic Universe Infinity Stones were first named in a Thor movie that he’s the one to begin the quest to figure out who wants them. Thor’s quest in the second Avengers gave him more to do than in the first one where he basically stood around mad at Loki. It gave Thor something to do in a movie without Loki and it opens up some cool possibilities for where Thor: Ragnarok is going.
Most comic fans were mad that Hawkeye was basically taken out of action in the first Avengers, and that’s definitely fixed in the sequel. Hawkeye is one of the highlights of the movie, and the humor the character is known for shines through. Please Marvel, give Hawkguy his own spin-off with Pizza Dog!
Everyone knows that Black Panther is on the way in Civil War, we saw his arch-nemesis in Age of Ultron, but he was actually referenced by name in the movie. When Banner is looking up what the brand means, he’s reading the Wikipedia entry on Wakanda. If you see the movie on a big enough screen, you can actually see the names of T’Chaka, T’Challa, and Black Panther on the screen in the movie.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Matters
There’s a strange part of the Internet who wants to convince themselves that the Marvel TV shows and movies are separate and don’t exist in the same universe. The events of Age of Ultron come directly out of episodes in Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The secret Coulson was keeping for most of the second season was that he was tracking down Strucker’s base for the Avengers, which was the opening scene. And the old Helicarrier at the end, again, was thanks to Coulson’s work in the second season of the show.