The next film in the Marvel MCU one film a week countdown to Avengers Infinity War is The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
This is a dark, dark film. Marvel has a reputation for being light and funny but you don’t get much of that here. From the birth of Ultron and James Spade’s chilling voice acting to the visions experienced by Iron Man (which still intrigues me as I’m not convinced the visions where for this film, and could be for Infinity War). Then there’s the destruction of Sokovia which leads directly to Civil War. There isn’t many “bright” spots in this film, and I think this film doesn’t get enough credit for it.
That’s not to say it isn’t funny, it is. The party scene and in particular everyone attempting to lift Thor’s Mjolnir is hilarious and amongst my favourite scenes in the MCU. It also leads to the first time we see Ultron which is a great scene in itself.
As a villain, I think Ultron is underrated, but at the same time could’ve been fleshed out more to pose a bigger threat. It certainly wasn’t the “Age of Ultron”. As with Ultron, I feel this film is underrated. Most want to compare it to The Avengers which is unfair as it was never going to top that. It’s a more than worthy successor. If I have one criticism it’s that it doesn’t really advance the MCU. The only thing of note that happens is that Thor goes off to find out more about the Infinity Stones after the vision he gets.
Another interesting mid credit scene with Thanos. Again, after the recent Infinity War trailer I loved seeing more Thanos!
MCU Ranking: 3rd
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