Avengers: Age of Ultron disappoints

I do not know anyone who likes superhero movies more than me. So when I went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron, I was so much in disappointment from the lack of creativity that Director Joss Whedon seemed to show in the film.

The second movie in the Avengers franchise, Age of Ultron grouped back some of Marvel’s most popular superheroes to fight against an Artificial Intelligence that is trying to destroy the world and bring human life to an extinction. Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, and Iron Man are just a few of the heroes in the movie that try to take down Ultron throughout the movie.

Two russian twins with mutant powers are included in the movie as well: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, though neither of them are characterized as much as I wished they were. Quicksilver is the male twin, with the power of super speed. Scarlet Witch, the female twin. has the power to manipulate the mind (and probability in the comic books, though that isn’t mentioned in the movie) and telekinesis. The both have a role in the movie, though their role is not extremely significant.

This movie has many problems though, with the first being Ultron’s purpose. In the movie, when he is created and turned on, he is automatically evil. Though the same happens in the comic books, I felt as if the movie should have given Ultron some sort of purpose to being evil. There was no reason as to why he wanted to kill everyone, as it seemed as if it was because he just felt like it. That was a major problem in the plotline, and left me more confused than wanting to dislike the villain.

The next of the problems in the movie was the characterization of Natasha Romanoff, also know as Black Widow and played by Scarlett Johansson, is the female assassin of the Avengers,. With Age of Ultron being Romanoff’s third Marvel portrayal, one would think that her characterization would be in full effect and as well-rounded as a character can get. Unfortunately, it seemed as if she was just there to be a love interest in this movie. As she gets with another Avenger, it made absolutely no sense to me that she would be attracted to this character. First off, the two barely spoke in the last movie and had no romantic chemistry whatsoever. Another reason, and the most annoying reason, is the fact that she says, in the last movie, that “love is for children.” It makes me frustrated that they would do a complete turn on her character for the purpose of making her fit into the female stereotype.

Though this movie has it’s flaws, both major and minor, I did think it was quite funny and genuinely felt like a Marvel movie–lighthearted, action-packed, and giving its fair share of plot twists. I really like developed JARVIS, Tony Stark’s personal artificial intelligence, and though I will refrain from spoilers, he was the best developed character in the whole movie.

I thought, in general, that this movie was better than the first (I’m in the minority) for reasons of it not being as boring as the first one was, it did have it’s problems, and they were quite contradictory to the previous movies. Joss Whedon is leaving the Marvel Universe, and I think it is his time to go and work on some individual projects that he did in the past. I am excited of how the Russo brothers, who directed Captain America: Winter Soldier and are taking over for Whedon, will take the Avengers storyline, and hopefully, it will be for the better.