I'd wager that if you ask anyone at random what their favourite Avengers movie, Age of Ultron would rarely be the first choice. The middle child of the franchise, this was the one that had the most riding on it, and it suffered for its great ambitions.
Because Age of Ultron, retrospectively, isn't a bad movie. It's trying to tell a horror story, in the vein of Frankenstein, and the themes of creator vs creation, and Gods and Monsters, is rampant throughout. It feels more disjointed and less confident than its predecessor, probably because Joss Whedon was under an incredible amount of pressure, from both Marvel Studios and fans, to deliver.
It was an impossible task in many ways.
Age of Ultron missteps a fair bit, especially in its treatment of Black Widow, but manages to introduce new characters who take the franchise to bigger and better things in future. Wanda and Vision are real highlights for me. And then there's Pietro, who suffers the Joss Whedon character death, but for good reason due to a shared rights deal with Fox.
Give Age of Ultron another chance. I did, and I'm glad. I enjoyed it more as a horror movie than a superhero movie, and it's not often I say that!
I would love to hear your thoughts on Avengers: Age of Ultron!
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