I saw an early screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron while on a press trip with Marvel and Disney in April. My travel and accommodations were covered but all thoughts about the movie are my own. Photos courtesy of Marvel. This post DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS. Read on without worry!
I was never a comic book reader when I was younger. While I enjoy a good action/superhero movie, it wasn’t until the first Avengers movie came out a few years ago that I became a die-hard fan of the Marvel world. Once I saw the Avengers cast together – Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow (along with a host of other amazing supporting actors) – I was pulled in to the Marvel world, and there’s simply no going back.
About Avengers: Age of Ultron
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963.
The Newest Chapter in the Avengers Story
As I prepared to leave for my trip to LA to see the new Avengers movie and meet the actors and filmmakers, I was challenged to re-watch all of the Avengers movies – from the Hulk to Iron Man 1, 2, and 3, Captain America and Winter Soldier, Thor and Thor: The Dark World, to The Avengers, where they all come together for the first time – and I was reminded again of the amazing job that Marvel has done in bringing the classic Marvel comics characters to life.
I’ll tell you this straight off: Avengers: Age of Ultron will not disappoint fans of the Marvel Universe, and I think it’s strong enough to gather a whole new wave of Avengers fans on its own accord.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is full of action and adventure, and probably the most humor in any Marvel movie so far. It was obvious that the cast got along well (a fact that the actors confirmed after talking with them after seeing the movie) and the natural chemistry was very apparent on the big screen.
I love that director Joss Whedon started our beloved Avengers out together – united and working as a team – from the opening scene of the movie. They don’t waste any time getting started on the action in the second Avengers.
The character development was fantastic in Avengers: Age of Ultron. I loved getting to know the crew better, and there were some amazing surprises that I can’t wait to talk about once everyone has seen the movie. I have had the hardest time staying quiet about the big secrets, but I promised a spoiler-free review.
Introducing Ultron, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver
Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were perfect in their introductory roles as twin brother and sister Pietro and Wanda Maximoff (a.k.a. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver). And after meeting James Spader, the voice of Ultron, I am convinced that they cast THE perfect Ultron. Not only does he have a fantastic voice, but he captured the personality of Ultron brilliantly. Now when I see James, I “see” Ultron (it’s incredible – and maybe a little creepy – how well they captured James’ movements and facial expressions in the robot Ultron).
Who Should See the Avengers: Age of Ultron?
One of the first questions that I’m usually asked when I see a movie early is whether or not it’s appropriate for the whole family. Avengers: Age of Ultron is rated PG-13 for action and violence, so parents of younger kids should use their own judgements based on what their kids are sensitive to (or maybe just see it first without the kids to see what they think). I don’t hesitate to take all of my kids; my youngest is 9 1/2 and has seen all of the Avengers movies and I know he, along with all of my other kids, are going to love it!
Like any good action movie, I recommend seeing it at least once in the theaters to fully enjoy the spectacular action scenes. I didn’t see the movie in 3D, but I’m really looking forward to catching a 3D show now that it’s finally out in theaters. Oh! And I am thrilled that I can finally talk to my family about the surprises! It’s been hard keeping so many things a secret for so long!
Be sure to check out the rest of my Avengers posts and stay tuned as I add more exclusive coverage in the coming weeks!
- Producer and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Chats About Avengers: Age of Ultron
- When Joss Whedon says cross your arms, you cross your arms (and other Avengers-speak!)
- That Time I Was Sandwiched Between Thor and Captain America (Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans Interview)
- Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch Join The Avengers: Exclusive Interview With Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen
- Avengers: Age of Ultron Coloring Pages #Printables
- Avengers Easter Eggs
Follow Avengers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/avengers
Visit the official website: http://marvel.com/avengers
Like The Avengers on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/avengers
….and then be sure to catch it in theaters NOW!
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