My 5 Biggest Issues with ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Posted in The Screening Room by - May 07, 2015

As many of you are probably aware by now, I’m one of the comic nerds on Kulture Shocked, and I cannot resist seeing a comic film when it releases. Age of Ultron was no different, and while it was another worthy entry into the MCU, it was far from a perfect film. As a matter of fact, I’d argue that it was a good, not great film. I’ll lay out some of my issues here (SPOILERS FOLLOW):

1. Iron Man 3 Rendered Pointless – Not that Iron Man 3 was a great film, but I love the attention to detail Marvel has maintained in keeping a strict continuity in their movies. However, Iron Man 3 was essentially rendered pointless. Extremis? Oh well. Iron Man retiring? He shows up for the beginning of the film with not a word about his assumed retirement from the end of his last stand alone movie. Even a throwaway line would have sufficed. For building up such a momentous moment as Tony stepping away from his armor, we get no payoff. As a matter of fact, he kind of does the same thing AGAIN at the end of this film, except we all know he’s back for Civil War.

2. Ultron Needed More Development – In the comics, Ultron becomes disillusioned with humanity after working briefly with the Avengers. Granted, this film was stuffed full of plot, but I wouldn’t have minded Ultron actually tagging along with the team for a mission or two, and then completely turning on them rather than him being born a bad egg. I liked the interpretation of Ultron, but it was hard for me to grasp why he’d go to extinguishing humanity as his first point of order once he gained sentience. 

3. Hulk and Black Widow are Lovers? – It’s not so much that I couldn’t buy that the two characters could care for one another, as they both have a dark side they don’t like to show, rather I just had no idea it was coming. I guess we can assume in the time between movies, their relationship had developed, but the fact that the entire thing occurs off screen makes it have less of an impact when seeing the results of their courtship. It’s not a complete train wreck in the movie, but I just wish we had some more context for how it began. Also, Banner is a bit too schoolboy in his approach towards Widow for my liking. 

4. Thor’s Pool Experience – After seeing a vision from the Scarlet Witch, Thor goes off to a mystical pool to gain some sort of insight into the future, but this poor tie-in to Ragnarok really feels out of place in the film. While I understand wanting to lay the groundwork for Phase 3, there has to be a better way than Thor randomly flying off after suffering a major loss as the whole team is regrouping. It was out of character for Thor, and it was pretty sloppy writing. 

5. Where’s Falcon? – In the climactic sky battle, every major Avenger and side member makes an appearance, including War Machine. Yet Falcon is nowhere to be found, despite the fact he was already in the movie. Maybe Anthony Mackie was busy? Oh wait, he shows up again at the end as a member of the “new” Avengers. Why would the guy who’s specialty is aerial combat not be brought in on the sky battle? It’s a minor gripe, but it was something that bothered me. 

Despite these issues, Avengers: Age of Ultron is a good film, but it isn’t flawless. The pros definitely outweigh the cons, but these negative aspects still needed to be addressed. 

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