Avengers: Age of Ultron: Opening May 1
The Good: Have you seen The Avengers? Considering that it made about $1 and a half billion worldwide, I’d guess it’s a safe assumption that you have. And don’t you remember? It was awesome.
Everyone, myself included, was quite skeptical about how Marvel and director Joss Whedon would pull together five movies worth of backstory and characterizations for our titular heroes in any sort of coherent sense that was not just 150 minutes of explosions. But Whedon managed not only to make a coherent movie of a Norse god, an unfrozen man from the ‘40s, and a playboy but make it fun and immensely enjoyable.
Since then, Marvel’s “Phase 2” pictures have been pretty solid, especially last years Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And of course, in my opinion, Marvel has never made a bad movie so the main question would really just be: will Avengers: Age of Ultron be great or be better than its predecessor.
Not to mention that all of the advance reviews have been glowing.
The Bad: If there is one bad thing about a well-constructed shared universe, it is a glut of characters and AoU looks to only contribute to that problem. In addition to Iron Man et al. from the first Avengers, we have the addition (to the Avengers movies at least) of Rhodey’s War Machine as well as Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Vision and James Spader himself as Ultron. For a movie that was already bloated to begin with, AoU is starting to look like Mama June from White Trash TV. Again, none of the advance reviews I’ve glanced have pointed this out as a problem per se but it’s always a concern when your above the line cast can fill a football team.
The Prognostication: Oh, I have no doubt. This movie will kick ass and then some. And it will make a billion dollars for Joss Whedon in the process. And it will only get people more amped up for the next batch of Marvel movies. If you think otherwise, well ... there’s no helping you son.