Major Letdowns of Avengers: Age of Ultron

By: Tae Woo Kim, News Writer

One of the most highly-anticipated movies in 2015, Avengers: Age of Ultron is Marvel’s most recent, large-scale, production. The Avengers was filled with breathtaking action scenes where the heroes displayed each of their unique, fancy abilities. However, the movie’s plotline was relatively complicated, in fact awkward, compared to the first movie.

I want to interject for a moment and let my readers know, that in order to inform you why the plot was complicated and awkward, I will spend the majority of my article revealing spoilers. With that being said…*SPOILER ALERT*

It all began with the Avengers carrying out their mission where they destroyed the remaining forces of Hydra. In this process, the Avengers encounter two formidable opponents, the Maximoff siblings: Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), who became “enhanced” with supernatural powers. The heroes retreat and regather for a planning session.

Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) endless curiosity towards artificial intelligence research resulted in the creation of Ultron (James Spader), an artificial intelligence which, “accidentally” gains the ability to judge based on his individual thinking, mainly caused by the immense power of the Chitauri Scepter.

Ironically, Ultron, who was created in order to maintain world peace, went out of control and schemed to destroy the world, putting mankind in danger of extinction. Ultron, in his malicious march towards destruction, recruits the Maximoff twins.Developmentally, the Maximoff twins think that Ultron had gone overboard with his, so-called, punishment, leading them to join the Avengers to stop Ultron.

Now, in the final, grand, all-out action scene, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) jumps out to rescue a boy who was separated from his mother in the midst of escaping the battlefield. At that moment, one of Ultron’s clones approached in a battleship, and released heavy gunfire. Everyone, or at least I, expected Hawkeye to dodge the bullets with some miraculous agility. In spite of the high expectations, Quicksilver just runs in to cover Hawkeye. Now here is the huge SPOILER ALERT, to my disappointment, Quicksilver sacrifices himself instead of just letting Hawkeye, do what he does best, which is be Hawkeye. Despite an ally’s death, no one really bothers to care about his death except for his sibling, Wanda. Not even Hawkeye, who saw it happen right in front of him.

Originally, in the first movie of The Avengers, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) younger brother, murders agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) who bravely battled against Loki’s powerful strikes. Later on in the movie, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D, and Maria Hills (Cobie Smulders), an elite agent, spend time together to honour Coulson’s courageous act. On the contrary, this sort of “reminiscence” is nowhere to be seen for Quicksilver’s death.

Another letdown was the appearance of an overpowered enemy, which had to be defeated by the creation of another despite the involvement of countless other characters from other series.

On Screenrant’s forum, Chris Agar presented Joss Whedon’s perspective on the involvement of too many characters, ““We did shoot something, but it didn’t play. The movie has so much. It’s so filled. We didn’t want it to feel overstuffed. I really wanted to have Loki in it, but I understood the decision that there were now too many voices in the chorus.”

In IMDb’s forums, thefilmexpert emphasized, “Have movies become so bad these days that a merely well-executed totally formulaic film, like “The Avengers,” is heralded as an exceptional film?”

Although thefilmexpert holds some biased opinions, I agree to his opinion when it comes to the plot flow of the Avengers.

Conclusively, Marvel presented scintillating battles. On the other hand, they could have made Avengers a more interesting movie if they had elaborated a little more on events like Quicksilver’s death. Another suggestion to future Marvel productions is to separate a movie into a few different parts. Doing so might have given the audience time to catch some breath and prepare for another spine-thrilling Avengers. Lastly, Marvel has been using a few secrets to reveal and connect one movie to another like they did, especially, with the Iron Man series. However, in my opinion, they could use a whole lot less, and the Avengers would continue to be a great movie. I would give the movie a 2.5 out of 5.