If you are a fan of superhero/ graphic novel based movies you probably have already seen this movie and are very happy with the result, but what if you are just a member of the occasional general cinema going public.
At this stage I have lost count of how many Marvel superheroes movies I have gone to see over the last few years, it has been quite a few.
There is always a danger when bringing out so many superhero movies that it becomes the law of diminishing returns and we can become a big jaded with just another one.
If we just take the Avengers movies in isolation, how does this one measure up against the previous movie “Avengers Assemble “.
Well even if we knew the name of each individual superhero and the movies that came before,the last one was a kind of introduction to the Marvel superhero universe to those arrived a little late to the party.
This one has to stand on it’s own merits and has to have strong story to boot.
This one concerns a creation of Tony Stark ( Robert Downey Jr ) and Bruce Banner ( Mark Ruffalo ) in their lab – enter stage left the A. I baddie Ultron (James Spader )
In their rush to tweak artificial intelligence their creation Ultron wakes up not very happy and seeks vengance on his creators and the greater world population. As with most movie baddies he think he knows best and the Avengers team go on a globe-trotting damage limitation exercise.
We get introduced to a new character Scarlet Witch ( Elizabeth Olson ) who uses her telekinetic powers to shine a mirror into the future to various members of the team. This results in Hulk ” No, Happy ” and he goes on the rampage in a South African city and Tony Stark and team rush to the rescue.
At one point we see the home life of Hawkeye ( Jeremy Renner ),does this work mmm !! Not quite sure about this.
I feel this is where the movie dips a little before kicking back into second gear for finale in a mythical Eastern European country.
There are lots of action stroke comedy quip set pieces to satisy the Marvel fandom and they will be on the countdown to the obligitory third act movie, but for the casual movie how does this one play out. Is it the best of all the Marvel superhero movies of late, you ask ?
I think this one sits somewhere in the middle – I feel that it actually suffers from the smaller supporting characters from the other individual movies not being included at all or just getting a small amount of screen time. It would have been nice to have seen a little more of them included into the storyline of this movie, as it feels that they are just tacked on to satisfy their individual fans.
Is it the best of the bunch of the recent Marvel releases, no. A good satisfying action comic book based movie, yes.
I think it will take time to see where it stands in the recent Marvel superheroes universe of movie releases and the ones yet to come.