I am so glad that the rest of the world — the non-Buffy-watching world — now understands the pure genius greatness that is Joss Whedon. In his second (and sadly last) Avengers movie, the Buffy creator knocks it out of the park once again.
True to form, Age of Ultron opens with an action-packed scene in a fictional Eastern European town during which we meet some new important characters: Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The two are obviously on the side of evil, assisting some ancillary new villain with some very top-secret high-tech underground mission. The Scarlet Witch works her mind-control magic on Tony Stark and shows him a future in which he has destroyed the world and all his friends along with it, throwing him for a serious loop.
Tony returns to home base with the rest of the gang and immediately starts working on a crazy new toy with Dr. Banner (Hulk) that will change the world — you guessed it, Ultron. Unfortunately the experiment goes awry and Ultron becomes a greater and more powerful enemy than they have ever faced. Ultron adds Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver to his ranks and continues to mess with the Avengers while acting out his grand plan of fixing the world, which is to say, end it. Uh oh!
Not to worry, Thor‘s sexy muscles to the rescue! (No but really.) When Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver realize that Ultron’s ultimate goal is the end of the world (a very Whedon theme, I must say!) they switch over to the good side, but the Avengers are still jarred by what the Witch showed them when she took over each of their minds. This makes it hard for them to work together and trust each other, especially Tony, whom they blame for Ultron, and Bruce, who got a little too Hulky during one particular battle. They finally come up with a plan that involves another Ultron-like creation, Vision, in order to rescue the good people of that little Eastern European town, and all the Avengers are willing to sacrifice themselves to do so. And, of course, Samuel L. Jackson shows up at all the right moments.
I think this movie is every bit as good as the first Avengers, but I am not a Marvel expert and I know people are making a lot of noise about it not being as good. The only thing I don’t like is the “romance” between Hulk and Black Widow — where did that come from?
Apparently, Joss had quite a hard time with several aspects of this movie before and after filming, which may be why he will not be directing/writing the next one, Infinity War. I’ll still go see it, but I do not have high hopes. Whedonites, unite!