Avengers: Age of Ultron: The Highest Budget Filler Movie Ever
Tony Stark tries to keep the world safe by creating Ultron, an AI who was stronger than all the Avengers. Inevitably, Ultron becomes evil (for no real reason) and tries to destroy the world. Not surprisingly, the Avengers stop him.
Man, was I excited for this movie. i watched the trailers for months, and bought my tickets way in advance. I really thought all the Avengers coming together and fighting one of the strongest foes in the whole Marvel universe would be thrilling. Instead, what Marvel delivered was a dense plot, and a plodding movie that tried to set the stage for too many characters and storylines. I really liked the fact that there was a lot of exposition, loved Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch, and thought that explaining Hawkeye’s backstory was a great addition to the plot. However, the part where Thor went on a “dangerous” mission to a pool – not a great addition. But what reaIly killed this movie was Ultron. He just never seemed like he would win. He didn’t seem menacing, and was reduced to just spouting one-liners every chance he got. I think Marvel would have rather done Civil War or even Infinity War in this slot, but they just didn’t have enough characters developed to pull either of those two off, so they thought they could just put together an in-between movie to set up everything else. If nothing else, it did set up Ultron to be a villain to come back in Phase 4, and maybe next time he’ll actually pose a threat.
Ant-Man: “Wait, He Can’t Even Become Big?”
When Darren Cross is close to replicating the formula for the “Pym Particle”, a particle that makes you smaller, ex-Ant-Man Hank Pym recruits ex-thief Scott Lang to become Ant-Man, and to steal the particles.
No one was excited about Ant-Man. It didn’t crack my Upcoming Marvel Movie Rankings back in January. This was just supposed to be the movie about the guy who could get smaller. So I am as shocked as anyone to say this is one the best Marvel movies to date. I think that what I really liked is that this movie isn’t really connected to the other movies. It was a heist movie that just happened to take place in the same universe as the Avengers. Scott Lang accidently ends up in the new Avengers base (and then totally beats Falcon). While only 20 minutes of the movie is actually hero versus villain action, the lead up to those minutes is filled with preparation and training montages that kind of form an X:Men: First Class and Oceans 11 hybrid. Michael Pena’s long-winded ramblings steal the show, and the movie has some interesting camera angles to utilize Ant-Man. And again, the only really bad part about this movie is the villain. Darren Cross has no real motivation for being evil. When I first saw the movie, I thought that he was just mad at Ant-Man for blowing up his lab. But, upon watching the movie again, I realized that he just randomly killed someone simply because he thought that the Yellowjacket armor was a security risk. But, overall, the movie has a good story and great acting, and I can’t wait to see Ant-Man appear in Civil War.