My movie season has finally begun with the highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron! When we last saw all of our heroes together, they had successfully defeated Loki, and the Chitari alien race that had invaded Earth. Now after a series of independent adventures, aka Iron Man 3, Thor: Dark World and Captain America: Winter Soldier, the team is back together battling Ultron, an android built by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in an attempt to create world peace. Unfortunately for our heroes, Stark and Banner’s attempt to create the ultimate android peace keeper fails, and Ultron looks to create peace on Earth by exterminating humanity.
Avengers: Age of Ultron brings fun, hijinks and action galore in an attempt to surpass the might of the first Avengers movie. In this area it is successful in matching the power of the first film. The dysfunctional team dynamic of the heroes still exists, which leads to some excellent quips and scenes, however; the film falters just a tad when it spends extended time on a farm of one of the heroes and we get into the deeper personal lives of the characters. While this is important, to help us connect to the characters it just didn’t flow to me. Despite occasional slowness to build the characters and story, the Avengers brings it like all the other films before. I still rank Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: Winter Soldier as my favorite Marvel Universe films, but this film fits in perfectly and expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe even further. It is a great time to be a fan of superhero films, especially when they are connected like Marvel has done in its universe.