“Age of Ultron”; movie marvel continues story

Antonio Betancourt, Staff Reporter

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“Avengers: Age of Ultron” has been called one of the best Avengers movies produced by Marvel Studios so far. The movie is bringing back all the characters from the first movie to save the world. This time, the Avengers meet new characters that give them a hard time, while also revealing a new villain to add to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The movie starts with the team banding together in a snowy forest to take down HYDRA. The villains guard Thor’s brother Loki’s staff, which, in a humans hands, can cause great destruction. The Avengers’ job is to get the staff back and conduct research that will help Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) create the project “Ultron”. Ultron (James Spader) creates robots that act like sentries around the world that Stark has full control of. The problem, however, is that the power inside Loki’s staff is more than the Avengers can handle, and as Jarvis (Paul Bettany), Stark’s AI butler, goes deep inside the staff’s core to help it release its power, it ends up going out of control. Now, it’s up to the Avengers to take down the core and the now evil Ultron.

One of the things that makes this movie unique is the entrance of three Marvel Comics original characters to the movie. These three new characters are Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor Johnson) and Vision (Bettany), who aid the Avengers and attempt to destroy the Avengers. The unique part of these new characters are their abilities: Quicksilver has sonic speed and Scarlet Witch possesses powers over the mind and telekinesis. Per the movie, these two characters are orphans who inherited their abilities from an experiment from which they were the only survivors. Since they are brother and sister,  they are also referred to as The Twins. Vision, a vessel for Ultron that is repurposed by the Avengers, has abilities that are similar to an evolved form of superman.

What I personally enjoyed was Scarlet Witch. I love big female roles and their abilities in general. I’ll gladly be a fan of a woman who can mess up people’s minds and blow stuff up with a flick of a finger. She’s very pretty as well, and during the end of the film she is really showcased as someone who can ruin someone’s day through her costume and effects.

While I did enjoy Olsen’s performance of Scarlet Witch, I also really loved how quickly things developed in the movie’s storyline. In the first Avengers, there was a lot of dialogue and I found myself waiting to see the battle scenes and action moments. With Age of Ultron, the beginning of the movie went right to the action and wasted no time. The introduction of fighting refreshed the audience on the characters’  special abilities and showed how each member of the team contributes to the group.

Even though there was a lot of action in the film, the movie was still able to show plenty of comedy. For instance, during one scene where the team drinks together after the retrieval of the staff, they all end up trying to take turns lifting Thor’s hammer. The stubbornness of some characters makes the audience laugh, especially when they get serious and start to use their own skills to attempt and pick the hammer up.

The movie is so action packed and full of excitement. I have been in many movies where I scream and yell without thinking of the audience but for this, I was squirming in my seat when something blew up. This movie beat the first and leaves the audience shaken.

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