Walk it off.
Ahh Avengers. Probably my most anticipated movie of the year. There is one thing I need to talk about, but can't without spoiling, so I'll save that for last. Don't worry, I'll give a spoiler reminder.
After finally getting Loki's scepter away from Hydra, Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) along with Bruce (Mark Ruffalo) decide to use it to create Ultron. (James Spader) He's supposed to protect the world for the Avengers so they no longer have to fight. But of course, since they don't fully understand the alien technology, he grows too intelligent too quickly, and decides he wants to end the Avengers to save the world. He enlists the help of two enhanced humans who volunteered for Hyrda's experiments, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Pietro Maximoff. (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) Though after messing with the Avengers, they catch on to Ultron's dumb fuckery and decide to join them to help.
Unlike the first film, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) ends up being the heart of the film. He's what holds the Avengers together, and what eases the transition of The Twins becoming allies. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) unfortunately gets the Hawkeye treatment in this one. He doesn't have much to do, though he does bring Vision (Paul Bettany) to life eventually. The weirdest thing by far is Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) who while still remaining the badass we know has somehow transformed into an awkward school girl with a crush on Bruce Banner. It feels forced and throws her into damsel in distress territory, and that was just not cool. (Plus I thought she was with Hawkeye. She was wearing the arrow necklace in Winter Soldier. Nope. Just BFFs)
Age of Ultron was packed with actions sequences and flowed nicely. There was a lot more humor this time around. Ultron was a worthy villain. He was creepy, yet he said some of the funniest things in the movie. Ultron, The Twins, and Vision were definitely the highlights for me. (Everyone in my theater had nerdgasms when Vision lifted Mjölnir. Or when he sees Thor's cape and grows his own to match) We got to see some familiar faces, Rhodey, Nick Fury, Falcon, Dr. Selvig. They definitely upped their game, though the story with Natasha and the following complaint are what keeps the film from reaching total greatness:
The thing I was most excited about was The Twins. They're fascinating characters and Days of Future Past Quicksilver sucked, so I was so excited to see these two, TOGETHER in action. But what does Joss Whedon do? Kills Pietro. He dives in front of bullets to save Hawkeye and a kid. He could've just moved them out of the way. It was so poorly done and felt cheap. Whedon was so excited to bring these two in, why did he have to kill one of them? The Twins are the best when they're together. I know Marvel has done the death fake out thing so many times, but I feel like they should do it once more in this scenario. Stick Pietro's ass in that tissue rebuilding machine that Dr. Cho used on Hawkeye at the beginning of the film and bring him back for Civil War. You can't have Scarlet Witch without Quicksilver. You need both.
Memorable Quote: "We waited two days for Tony Stark to kill us." - Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen)