At the time of its release I thought that Age of Ultron was the film most like a comic book brought to life.
But it isn’t 2015 anymore. This year’s Batman v Superman may have been a mess in it’s theatrical form but it gave us a DC Universe that we haven’t seen on film before. Then there was Marvel’s own Captain America: Civil War which has utterly usurped Ultron as a film that shows the MCU as a whole, from Earth’s point of view at least.
I’ve moved between thinking it’s fantastic and feeling quite disappointed with it over the last year. Time however has lead to me concluding that it is a good Marvel film. Thanks to Whedon it has plenty of great character moments, most of them falling on the humorous side. This is the other half of the coin from Civil War which has much more serious interactions that I feel will stay in the mind much longer. Saying that, the looks on Thor’s face when Rogers nudged Mjolnir is priceless and hopefully hints at things to come.
Ultron makes for a vivid villain, mechanically maniacal yet full of human quirks thanks to Spader’s marvellous performance. It is frustrating that Marvel continue with their ‘one and done’ approach to villains but I can’t see how Ultron could have been left around so I think it works here.
The Hulkbuster fight is a fantastic set piece, which seems to avoid the rather jarring CGI deployed at each end of the film. Sometimes it looks quite ropey though.
The Romanoff/Banner relationship works in the film but still seems off in the overall arc; it just appears. Hawkeye however gets recompensed for this treatment in Assemble with his relationships to his family and the Maximoffs giving him time to shine.
I’m not on a big downer about this film. It’s an entertaining blockbuster with plenty going for it. But now we have the Russos.