Even though, I’m really excited for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, after seeing the pictures and plot details last week, I am starting to have my worries. There aren’t many but they are big concerns.
Let me list the heroes and villains in Age of Ultron. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, James Rhodes, Coulson (maybe), Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Peggy Carter (somehow), Ultron, Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker, The Vision and Thanos. That is a cluster f**k of characters. They just managed to give everyone their moment in the first Avengers film, now there are some many characters and a lot of them are unproven characters. The only unproven characters in The Avengers were Hawkeye (excluding his cameo in Thor) and Maria Hill. Whedon was able to integrate them into the story and the MCU effectively even if they were in smaller roles. I feel there are just way too many characters in this film for everyone to get their moment in the sun.
There are many speculations that someone in Age of Ultron will be killed. But I can’t take this rumour too seriously. As proven in Thor: The Dark World, Agents of SHIELD and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, no one really stays dead. Coulson was bought back to life because ABC wanted to take advantage of the MCU, Fury faked his death to go into hiding and you can’t kill Loki because… well Loki’s the best thing about the Thor films. I can guarantee if someone is killed, they won’t stay dead for long, they’ll come back either before the end of the film or in a future film. Or maybe they’ll kill old lady Peggy Carter so that ABC can start to focus on the younger version.
When the plot details were released, most people realised that they have changed the origins of Ultron for the film, but the problem I realised is that something seems familiar, evil leader who wants to take over the world with his army of face-less henchmen. That’s Loki and the Chitauri from The Avengers. They’ve just replaced a demi-god and his aliens with an AI and his robot army. You can pretty much guarantee that there will a huge battle in the end where another major city will probably get destroyed and we will just be sat in the cinema thinking, “Hang on. Didn’t that happen in the last film?” Just don’t kill the army Phantom Menace style again.
Answer, you don’t. Don’t get me wrong, I will be at my local cinema, at the earliest screening on the day of release, but if Age of Ultron is too similar to The Avengers, I will have this feeling of disappointment deep inside me. The films in Marvel’s Phase 2 have been great at changing what to expect from a certain superhero, Captain America: The Winter Soldier in particular. This should carry on to Age of Ultron; it should be different, take new risks but still have this air of similarity. Just not too much, we don’t want another Hangover Part II situation on our hands.
In general, I think 2015 is going to be the crunch year for Marvel. Age of Ultron will go on to make billions for Marvel, but if the story and the characters aren’t in place and there are too many similarities to the last film, we will notice this and voice our problems to the world. This could be the feedback and anger about the twist from Iron Man 3, but times a hundred. And this could have an effect on Ant-Man, which is already on the ropes, and could mean that the pin will slowly start to dig into Marvel’s bubble. No pressure then.
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