I finally saw Avengers: Age of Ultron and as much as I wanted to disregard the early lukewarm reviews and go in with an open mind, the film was ultimately disappointing.
After spending the last year or so writing about how excited I was… with the first film was so good and all the previews and trailers hyping up the second installment of the super team featuring Captain America, Thor, Iron, Black Widow, and the Hulk, it was hard to temper expectations going in.
Age of Ultron wasn’t nearly as much as a letdown as X-Men 3, but the “Ultron” didn’t nearly live up to the hype and (my) outsized expectations. The film felt rushed, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch weren’t believable, The Vision underdeveloped, and even for someone that is familiar with the Marvel Universe, it was confusing at times.
In the first Avengers, Joss Whedon did a fantastic job of weaving in the cast of characters. This time around, Whedon failed in my opinion – even at 2.5 hours, the movie could have used another 30 minutes to slow things down; Avengers 2 was a whirlwind of non-stop action and jokes that come at the high cost of a well-paced story line.
When it came down to it, the movie failed as a standalone film. It seemed as if the writers were bogged down by the weight of supporting future Marvel films.
There was a lot of the story line spent foreshadowing the upcoming Captain America, Black Panther, Thor movies as well as the third and fourth Avengers film coming out in a few years — all at the expense of making Avengers 2 a great film with a story we cared about.