Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

I'm not going to put any spoilers up as I know our American friends won't get the movie till next week and it's not on general release in the UK till tomorrow but I was lucky enough to get to the European premiere last night and it is good. It's a movie that will require at least 2 viewings - there's a lot going on and thematically it continues on from the darkening times after the collapse of Shield in Winter Soldier.

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Jealous!! I can not wait until this comes out!

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Cool!! Thanks Sid!! Cannot wait until this comes out!!

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waiting I would LOVE to be able to go to that! Great pic!

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yay I am so looking forward to this!!

Melissa, our Social Media gal here at WDWFG got to go to the Big press event in LA and saw it a couple of weeks ago. She said it's the movie of the year!

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My feelings about the new Avengers movie is summed up by a quote from Mole in the Atlantis movie, "I'm so excited!"

fyi, here's the clip I was referring to: https://

I probably won't see opening weekend given how paranoid I am about large crowds in movie theaters, but I'll definitely see it!

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Kristen K. wrote:
yay I am so looking forward to this!!

Melissa, our Social Media gal here at WDWFG got to go to the Big press event in LA and saw it a couple of weeks ago. She said it's the movie of the year!

That would have been the World Premiere...we only got the European Premiere this time round Laughing out loud And I'd agree, it's the movie of the year - so far...Ant Man to come this year too as well as our British spy movie in November and the steam roller that has everyone scared launching in December too (Star Wars, in case anyone was trying to work it out!)

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DS got to see it Thursday night..... The showing was him and 1 other guy - awesome!

I got a phone call to say 'sorry but I could not wait, you will need to catch up now' hehehe

It is good though (according to him)

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Ok, while this movie was fun, it definitely isn't as good as the first one.

But I think the biggest disappointment that I have of this movie is that it didn't significantly advance any storyline of the Marvel Universe. This was the first complaint that I read when the movie came out, and I totally agree with it. It is basically the Avengers cleaning up the mess made by one of them (Tony Stark, I'm looking at YOU!). More than anything else, this movie felt like it is setting up for all the subsequent Marvel movies that will be coming out.

What I'm more curious with is that, now that Nick Fury is out in the open, how will that affect Agents of SHIELD? They simply can't just ignore this the way the movie ignored Coulson.

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ZapperZ wrote:
Ok, while this movie was fun, it definitely isn't as good as the first one.

But I think the biggest disappointment that I have of this movie is that it didn't significantly advance any storyline of the Marvel Universe. This was the first complaint that I read when the movie came out, and I totally agree with it. It is basically the Avengers cleaning up the mess made by one of them (Tony Stark, I'm looking at YOU!). More than anything else, this movie felt like it is setting up for all the subsequent Marvel movies that will be coming out.

What I'm more curious with is that, now that Nick Fury is out in the open, how will that affect Agents of SHIELD? They simply can't just ignore this the way the movie ignored Coulson.

Zz.

I would probably counter that by saying that the second movie is actually a better more accomplished movie, but the WOW! factor is diminished not just by it being a second part, but also due to the proliferation of Marvel movies in the past decade.

It's a staging movie - all pointing to further installments down the road (I counted Civil War, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok at least as being staged) and as such, it all feels a little disjointed with no real resolution to anything other than what happens at the end of the movie. As a colleague of mine has said, and I agree, you can no longer look at the Marvel movies as individual movies now. They are all chapters of a larger story which will end (of sorts) with Infinity Wars. If you try to watch each movie without referring to the others, it will come off as poor as you're effectively ignoring the links to other parts of the overall saga.

Check this link for more info - it looks like the movie was longer (and perversely better) than the current form, so I hope we get an extended blu-ray release! http://www.empireonline.com/features/joss-whedon-avengers-ultron-secrets

The link also answers (sort of) the Agents of Shield conundrum.

Initially I thought the same - it was disappointing and I didn't like the way the movie flowed - especially with the Quicksilve/Scarlet Witch subplot but after seeing it a second time, it's just the focus is (thankfully) removed from the holy trinity of Iron Man/Cap/Thor and the light is shone on those without a franchise of their own. However, with the cuts I know were made to the movie from the above article, I stand by my thought that the movie flows wrong - I just can't explain how to make it better in its current form.

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I still haven't gotten to see this yet - plans for May 16th, so I'm trying like mad to avoid spoilers, which is not so easy.

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I saw it over the weekend with hubby and will see it again tonight with a sister and her family. Hubby liked it but thought it was "too busy." I absolutely loved it because, as an old comic book geek, I really appreciated the introduction of characters that IMO are the Avengers. The first movie was great, don't get me wrong, but now that the Scarlet Witch and Vision have shown up it feels like "my" Avengers.

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I saw it over the weekend with hubby and will see it again tonight with a sister and her family. Hubby liked it but thought it was "too busy." I absolutely loved it because, as an old comic book geek, I really appreciated the introduction of characters that IMO are the Avengers. The first movie was great, don't get me wrong, but now that the Scarlet Witch and Vision have shown up it feels like "my" Avengers.

You're the New Avengers generation then... Wink

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Sid Man wrote:
crazycatperson wrote:
I saw it over the weekend with hubby and will see it again tonight with a sister and her family. Hubby liked it but thought it was "too busy." I absolutely loved it because, as an old comic book geek, I really appreciated the introduction of characters that IMO are the Avengers. The first movie was great, don't get me wrong, but now that the Scarlet Witch and Vision have shown up it feels like "my" Avengers.

You're the New Avengers generation then... Wink

LOL, I'm also old enough to remember the characters that came befoee them, but have no clue who's on the team in the comic books now.

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I don't think even The Avengers know who's in the main roster now! haha!

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I guess as a massive Marvel fan I should add a comment here..........

So, I've seen AoU twice now and I'm really split down the middle on it, although nothing negative. The film is awesome and is a blast start to finish, some great action, the introduction of some cool characters(amazing actor choices) and the set up for solo character movies. I know that originally in the Marvel Universe Tony Stark isn't to blame for Ultron, it was a good move to get it into a film, but all the time the original story was in the back of my mind. The other thing was the solo movie set ups kind of pull away from the main story a little bit. I've got to say that the new solos should be amazing if they follow on with the same path as the last run of Marvels.

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I saw yesterday and well, I can understand why fans and critics weren't exactly fans of Age of Ultron. The good? James Spader was amazing as Ultron. There was great action and the musical score was strong. The not so good? What was up with Black Widow and Hulk? I mean, wasn't Betty Ross the love interest of Hulk? When I posted a status of my thoughts on the movie on my Facebook, a friend of mine said the aforementioned element was completely ignored in the film. I thought that Quiksilver and Scarlet Witch could have been developed better. There's some mixed feelings about showing Hawkeye's family but since he doesn't have a standalone film, I suppose that was added to show more of his character. It was pretty obvious there's elements that set up the next Thor and Captain America: Civil War.

Overall, I give a 4 out of 5 but it makes me wonder is now Marvel starting to become a victim of its own success. The same directors for Winter Soldier will directing Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War so hopefully, they'll do a better job than Joss Whedon did. Whedon did great for the first, not so much on the second. He apparently closed his Twitter account from what I heard. Maybe it was the perception from the fans... But anyway, it'll be interesting to see how Ant-Man does.

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I finally saw this over the weekend and I absolutely LOVED it.

As to Hawkeye's story, my daughter and I discussed this for a long time and I really think that he is what brought humanity to the movie. He really was the one that connected the audience to this team of "super" people, while just being a guy with a bow and arrow. We felt that his journey was that humble, human connecting thread to all of the turmoil that the "supers" created on both sides of the fight, both in his place as an avenger and against the enemy he seemed to be the link to the normal life that the rest of us lead.

Before the movie I didn't really dig on the idea of Black Widow and Hulk, but they almost brought me around by the end. I have to say I'm not a Bruce Banner/Hulk fan at all, to me he's a very whiney and selfish character and I still feel that way after the end of this movie. She deserves better.

I loved how quickly they established the twin bond of Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch, great job on the actors behalf. I liked them - He's fast and she's weird.

I *REALLY* wished that Coulson had been on the carrier. As an Agents of SHIELD fan it was just wrong to me to not have him there. I knew that he wasn't, but when the scene came I found it really disappointing. I want more cross-over.

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I agree with what Kristen K said...

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I'm voting with my $$. I've seen it three times and I'm probably not done yet. And I think I see a Tomorrowland/Avengers double feature in my future.

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There was so much too see in that movie, I don't think I caught everything that happened. I may have to watch it again Laughing out loud

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We loved the movie! Granted, my husband doesn't agree with how they handled Quicksilver, he still really liked the movie. We're so excited for the next Marvel movie to come out!! yeah

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yay I got to see it this weekend.

I thought it was great but as with most series of films I now need to go back to tie in some bits I may have missed from previous films and also watch it in context to see where it's going next.