Brings you exactly the level of sarcasm, jokes, actions scenes and blockbuster effects as you would expect from the Marvel franchise. Already making £132.5 million pounds ($265 million USD) since its opening in 44 countries last week, almost breaking even on its entire production budget in a just few days. Still with its US premier to come, this is looking to be the biggest money-making Marvel film so far. Making 44% more than the original Avengers Assemble during its opening weekend.
I had doubts about going to see the last offering wondering how they could possibly replicate, let alone better the genius of writing and acting of the first movie. However within the first few minutes as Steve (Chris Evans) and Tony (Robert Downey Jr) started bickering over Tony's usage of foul language I could see the script writers had a delight in store for us. Incidentally Steve objecting to the swear word becomes a running joke throughout the movie.
We introduce several new characters this time, starting with the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). A young pair of twins whose parents were killed by an attack from Stark Industries weapons. They volunteered for experimental Hydra testing using Loki's sceptre. Stryker gave them in turn super speed for Quicksilver and the Witch telekinetic powers as well as the ability to reach into and control a person's mind. Using her to pull apart each and every member of the Avenger's minds. Leaving them shell-shocked, apart and trying to work out how to carry on.
War Machine (Don Cheadle) gets a proper introduction to the team as does Falcon (Anthony Mackie). There is another addition to the team as well, but that is a spoiler I am afraid you will have to wait for the movie to discover.
Ultron (James Spader) is created by accident in Tony's lab as Tony and Bruce (Mark Ruffalo) experiment on Loki's sceptre trying to add it to Jarvis's programme to create peace in their time. Ultron however can not quite tell the difference between saving the world or destroying it. Creating an extremely chilling enemy for them to battle, who honestly thinks everything he is doing is for the good of all mankind.
One slight comment that always gets to me about going to see a Marvel film. Why do you go knowing there are always after credit scenes for you to walk out as soon as the titles start to roll?! The after credit pieces are often huge spoilers of the upcoming movies! Be warned however that the UK first release only has one teaser mid credit. The after credit will probably only hit after this weekend’s US release as it did for the original movie. Do pay attention to the mid credit scene, it is most enlightening for the next Avenger's release.
Well done to the Marvel franchise for bringing us yet another huge summer blockbuster movie.
Sarah Beth James
First seen on The Cinemarks.com