A few weeks ago, I wrote an article discussing the few concerns I have with Marvel’s upcoming juggernaut, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Despite the fact that I expressed how excited I was for the film multiple times, I got a healthy amount of abuse (this is the internet after all). Even though I stand by everything I said in that article, and with less than a month to go before the film is released, there’s another feeling that I can’t seem to get out of my head. That feeling is that Age of Ultron could be not just the best blockbuster of the summer, but the best film this year full stop. During this list I’ll try my best not to go into caps lock nerd excitement mode, but this is the internet, so I won’t make any promises.
1 – Cast aside any bad feelings
Age of Ultron is going to be the most packed Marvel film to date, and the biggest ensemble cast in an action film since The Expendables 3. Unlike The Expendables 3 however, every person in the cast would get me excited if they were in a film on their own. Put them together and there’s no reason this can’t be the best group performance ever seen. This film boasts four Oscar Nominees (Samuel L. Jackson has been nominated once, and Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner have each been nominated twice), as well as multiple actors who have been in the conversation in recent years (Scarlett Johansson for Her, Chris Hemsworth for Rush and, well, I don’t want to spoil anything here so I’ll stop there). You also have fan favorites (Chris Evans for films like Snowpiercer and Scott Pilgrim vs the World), indie darlings (Elizabeth Olsen for films like Martha Marcy May Marlene and Very Good Girls), and some of the biggest stars from TV (James Spader for The Blacklist and Boston Legal and Cobie Smulders for How I Met Your Mother). Aaron Taylor-Johnson is also in there… Ahem.
2 – Go go power ranges
Up to now, the X-Men films have had dibs on the number of super powers on display in any one film, so much so that characters who play a major role in the comics have been reduced to having only one or two scenes (Bishop and Psylocke are two of the biggest victims). With the avengers roster about to almost double, that’s about to change. There could be more than ten heroes on show in Age of Ultron, including characters like Scarlett Witch and The Vision, who have abilities we’ve never seen on-screen before. If nothing else, it’s going to be a real experience to see them all on the big screen.[nextpage title=”Three more reasons Avengers could be awesome…”]
3 – The end of the road
As Tony Stark says in the trailer ‘this is the end of the road I started us on’. The first Avengers was an experiment in blockbuster film making. It seems crazy now, but when the first set of Marvel films came out, nobody knew if a decade long, interconnecting series of films would work. The closest thing we’ve ever seen to that was the Bond franchise, and even that isn’t really comparable. Now we’re eleven films into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while a lot of (if not all of) the characters will continue to be in more Marvel films, there’s a real feeling that this is going to be what everything so far has been leading up to. I might be saying the same thing in a year when Captain America: Civil War comes out, but for now, this feels like a universe altering film.
4 – It certainly ain’t broke
Almost everybody you could hope for is back. As far as I’m aware the entire cast are returning to play the characters they so brilliantly portrayed in the first film, Joss Whedon is back to both write and direct, and Kevin Feige is on board producing and generally looking at the bigger picture. This isn’t always a guarantee of quality for a sequel, but it’s a good place to start. The only person who isn’t returning that I would’ve like to see come back is composer Alan Silvestri, but Brian Tyler isn’t exactly a bad replacement.
5 – A content-ious issue
The run time for the second Avengers film has been released, and it’s 150 minutes. That’s two and a half hours of delicious hero-team-up time. That’s only seven minutes longer than the first film, but while part one took a good three-quarters of an hour to get going, the official word is that the sequel is going to open with a big action set piece. So, it’s going to start with a bang, and be non stop quality content for two and a half hours. This, and all the above points could make Age of Ultron one of the most packed, most varied films of the year, which, if it’s as good as we all know it can be, could well make it the best film of the year by some margin.
What are you most excited to see in The Avengers: Age of Ultron? The action? The characters? The universe altering consequences of creating artificial intelligence? Or maybe you agree with my more cautious side? Let me know in the comments below.
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